CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Research Activities 2017-2018

 

The main aim of the subproject “Social Dimensions of Technological Change” is to investigate culturally specific and general anthropologic patterns as well as individual decisions regarding how technologies are contested, chosen and rejected and how this relates to phenomena of transformation in socio-environmental interactions. To this effect, we invite internationally renowned scholars and together with them, we develop and organise international workshops to infuse outside perspectives into the CRC 1266 and thereby create dialogues with all researchers on a truly interdisciplinary basis.

Research activity 2017

Two Mercator fellows joined the CRC 1266 in 2017:

Dr Michela Spataro (British Museum, London, UK) was a Mercator fellow of the CRC 1266 and stayed in Kiel from the end of September throughout the end of December of 2017. Together with Martin Furholt (then PI of subproject  C2) she organized the workshop “Detecting and Explaining Technological Innovation in Prehistoric Europe” in November 2017. The workshop gathered scholars engaged in mainly pottery and lithic technology, who discussed the social embeddedness of technological practices, and the social conditions and implications for technological change. Ethnoarchaeological work was combined with archaeological case studies. The main focus lay on the European Neolithic period, but several case studies dealt with the Middle East, and with Palaeolithic examples. The workshop was a huge success and the proceedings will be published in the CRC 1266 series “Scales of Transformations in Prehistoric and Archaic Socities” under the title “Technological Innovations in Prehistory” (Sidestone Press) in 2019.

Participants of the Workshop
Fig. 1. Participants in the workshop “Detecting and Explaining Technological Innovation in Prehistoric Europe” in November 2017. (photo: A. Hoffmann) 

Prof. Dr Sławomir Kadrow (Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow, PL) was also a Mercator fellow of the CRC 1266 and stayed in Kiel in late autumn 2017. He returned in June 2018 for the organization of a workshop on Habitus, social dimension of technology and transformation. Sławomir Kadrow has a deep knowledge of the material record in Eastern Europe, and a productive theoretical approach to technology studies, which he combines with concepts to understand the stability and change of social practices.

Our team in 2017 included three PIs: PD Dr Habil. Berit V. Eriksen (ZBSA), PD Dr Habil. Martin Furholt (CAU), Prof. Dr Johannes Müller (CAU).

Research activity 2018

Two Mercator fellows joined the CRC 1266 in 2018:

Prof. Dr. Sławomir Kadrow (Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow, PL) returned to the CRC 1266 in June 2018 in order to organize a workshop on “Habitus, social dimension of technology and transformation” together with Johannes Müller (CRC-speaker, PI of subprojects A1, C1, D1, and  F5) . The workshop was a huge success and the proceedings will be published in the CRC 1266 series “Scales of Transformations in Prehistoric and Archaic Socities” under the title “Habitus? The Social Dimension of Technology and Transformation” (Sidestone Press) in 2019.

Participants of the Workshop
Fig. 2. Participants in the workshop “Habitus, social dimension of technology and transformation” in June 2018.

Senior lecturer Dr Catherine J. Frieman (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia) was a Mercator fellow of the CRC 1266 and stayed in Schleswig/Kiel for a month throughout the period November-December 2018. Her primary research interests include innovation and conservatism, and she is a material culture and technology specialist with a particular specialism in stone tools. Together with Berit V. Eriksen (PI of subprojects B1 and F5), Wiebke Kirleis (co-speaker of the CRC 1266, PI of subprojects D1 and F3), Dragana Filipovic (subproject F3), and Jutta Kneisel (PI of subprojects D3 and F1) she is now working on two research papers.

Our team in 2018 included three PIs: PD Dr Habil. Berit V. Eriksen (ZBSA), Prof. Dr Wiebke Kirleis (Kiel University), Prof. Dr Johannes Müller (Kiel University).

Former PI PD Dr Habil. Martin Furholt moved to a professorship at Oslo University, Norway, on March 1st 2018.

Research activity 2019

The research activities in 2019 included the organisation of two workshops of our Mercator fellow Niels Johannsen of Aarhus University. These were a joint event on the MN V and another one on Bronze Age pattern recognition. Publications in the form of workshop articles are ongoing.

 

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