The World of Conferences

23 Mar

The academic semester is gearing up as essay titles come thick and fast, and as time runs out to define my dissertation idea and hypothesis, I remember just why I enjoy human osteology, archaeology and anthropology so much.  With technology fast unlocking secrets long hidden in archaeological samples, it can be hard to keep ahead and abreast of the recent developments in bioarchaeology.  However, conferences are a key part of academia in helping to spread the knowledge and importance of current and upcoming research, and as a means to help spread your own research.  They are vital to our understanding of the diverse topic of human osteology, which often employs a multidisciplined approach.  Recently, I have signed up to attend my first conferences in May; below are the details of the conferences I’ll be at along with a cohort of my fellow MSc osteo friends-

Between Life and Death: Interactions Between Burial and Society in the Ancient Mediterranean and  Near East

Postgraduate Research Conference at the University of Liverpool, Friday 11th to the Saturday 12th of May 2012.  The conference agenda can be found here.

This conference will deal with the treatment of the dead, and all the usual suspects of burial rites, rituals, grave goods, funerary architecture and the way cemeteries are laid, out will be discussed in various contexts.  It will also be a chance to listen to discussions on new methodological and theoretical approaches to the archaeological record of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, from a broad range of Post Graduate Students from a host of Universities, both nationally and internationally.  I’m personally particularly looking forward to the two talks about the Neolithic; one about Dogs, Death and Identity, and one on the signs of Violence in the Neolithic Near East.  Registration is still open and can be obtained here.

Early Farmers: The View from Archaeology and Science

International Conference arranged by the University of Cardiff’s department of Archaeology and Conservation, with funding from the British Academy.  Monday 14th to the Wednesday 16th of May 2012.  The conference agenda can be found here.

The integration of archaeological data and science is the theme here, with a special focus on the early farmers.  The focus of the talk shall be Neolithic European archaeology with talks on subjects such aDNA and stable isotope analysis, imaging, animal husbandry, and the health and lifestyle demographic attributes of early farmers.  This conference provides the chance to hear some of the bigger names in bioarchaeology talk about their research and views.  Prof Clarke Spencer Larsen will be talking about health and lifestyle in early farmers, whilst Dr Rick Schulting will be discussing evidence of violence in Neolithic populations.  Alongside the usual talks on culture and transformations in the Neolithic, Prof Knusel and Dr Villotte will be discussing sexual division in the LBK culture, using data from an LBK site near Stuttgart, Germany.  Registration is again still available, please click here.


19/04/12 Update:

The Palaeopathology Association is having its annual meeting in Lille, northern France, this year between the 27th and 30th of August.  The program can be found here.  Meanwhile Cranfield University are offering a free day course in the form of the ‘Improving Learner Experience in Forensic Science Higher Education and Practitioner Training’ on Tuesday 15th of May, based at Shrivenham, England.  Details of the day long course can be found here.



5 Responses to “The World of Conferences”

  1. Liz Tideswell March 23, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    Guess I’ll see you in Liverpool then. 🙂

    • These Bones Of Mine March 23, 2012 at 1:57 am #

      Yes you will! Did you get my email? I’ll be back on fb somepoint soon no doubt.

  2. confusedious March 28, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    These conferences look truly fantastic. I have been trying to attend as many guest lectures as I can here at the ANU, which fortunately are relatively common and of high quality. Recently I attended a lecture by Dame Carol Kidu, the only female parliamentarian in Papua New Guinea, about the health of women in PNG and the unique challenges faced by them there. It was truly quite enlightening and really added perspective to my prospective work on TB in the area.

    Back to the conferences, death and burial ritual and what it says about a society, especially how a society views itself and its members as a function of its norms and ideals, is truly fascinating. I had a course in death and burial ritual last semester with a relative newcomer to lecturing at the ANU, one Dr. Lisa Jose (who I must say was a brilliant and insightful teacher), which was quite excellent and focused in part on the Mediterranean. I believe much of Dr. Jose’s work was on Iron Age burial dress in a certain part of Italy though we did also focus on Neolithic settlements from Syria, where I believe she has worked as well. In particular I found a study of plastered skulls in Anatolia very interesting.

    I’d love to see the presentations relating to ancient farmers as that is where the bulk of my genetic reading of late has been focused. Jealousy! I’ve been looking at copy number variation and how it could be seen in some cases to relate to adaptations to agricultural living and the consequent increases in population density (disease burden).

    Let me know how they go!

    • These Bones Of Mine April 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

      I certainly will! I cannot wait to see a number of talks at the Cardiff conference, should be exciting stuff. I shall have to check out some of Dr Jose’s work I think! I went to a guest lecture recently on cribia orbitalia in the Anglo-Saxon world in England and its relation to malaria by Dr Rebecca Gowland; it too was quite enlightening, especially the multifocal approach in its research applications (palaeopath, geography including using GIS, biology, historical and archaeological evidence).


  1. Another Quick (Neolithic) Update…. « These Bones Of Mine - June 7, 2012

    […] now attended the frankly excellent First Farmers conference at the University of Cardiff (see my post here about it), there has been some further developments concerning the main thrust of the conference. […]

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