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Diversity of Identities in Prehistory, Early History and Presence

Diversity of Identities in Prehistory, Early History and Presence

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Institute of Archaeolog SAS, Nitra

Akademická 2, 94921 Nitra, Slovakia

29.-30. 10. 2018

The archaeology of personal identities has firmly established age, gender and status as relevant categories of investigation.

In 2016 we organized a workshop in Klement-Oberleis in Lower Austria under the topic of “Multiple femininities – multiple masculinities: the diversity of gendered identities in the Bronze and Iron Ages”. This year, as the final act of the SASPRO Project “Male Identities in La Tène Cemeteries in the Middle Danube Area”, it is time to expand the field from prehistory also to early history and our present days. Next to different “archaeological identities”, we want to ask about “Identity of archaeology”, hence the identity of archaeologists.

 

Preliminary Programme

 

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Ancient Communities and their Elites from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity

It is a great honour to invite you to participate in our conference, which will be focused on archaeological aspects and on topics concerning ancient history and history of art and religion.

International conference organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the re-established Trnava University in Trnava and the 20th anniversary of the Department of Classical Archaeology with cooperation Institute of Archaeology SAS

 

Programme

 

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Multiple femininities – multiple masculinities the diversity of gendered identities in the Bronze and Iron Ages

Do 29.09.2016 10:00 – Fr 30.09.2016 15:00

Workshop Schüttkasten Klement, Klement 1, 2116 Ernstbrunn, Austria

Katharina Rebay-Salisbury, Peter C. Ramsl

Multiple femininities – multiple masculinities

the diversity of gendered identities in the Bronze and Iron Ages

Ramsl konferenciaThe archaeology of personal identities has firmly established age, gender and status as relevant categories of investigation. Beyond the recognition that not all women and men led identical lives, however, there has been little effort to unravel the diversity of gendered lives. Women’s lives may have differed significantly according to their reproductive status – whether they were infertile, had few or many surviving children. Craft specialists of both genders may have led lives that took them away from their communities and brought them into contact with different ways of living. Similarly, medical or ritual specialists of both genders may be integral to many societies. Further, the mechanisms by which men turned into warriors are still little understood – was being a warrior part of every man’s lifecycle, was this particular identity restricted to a certain age group or class, or were other selection mechanisms at play? Some aspects of personal identity may not be gendered at all. Was gender relevant for making pots or taking care of children?

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