Symposium: CONNECTIVITY AND LOCALISM – ARCHITECTURE, URBAN PLANNING AND SOCIAL INTERACTION IN GREEK ARCHAIC COMMUNITIES OF THE NORTHERN PELOPONNESE, SOUTHERN ITALY AND SICILY

Date: 
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 17:00 to Friday, November 23, 2018 - 18:30
Location: 
Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut, Leoforos Alexandras 26
Event Description: 

Symposium: CONNECTIVITY AND LOCALISM – ARCHITECTURE, URBAN PLANNING AND SOCIAL INTERACTION IN GREEK ARCHAIC COMMUNITIES OF THE NORTHERN PELOPONNESE, SOUTHERN ITALY AND SICILY

Among the vast changes in ancient Greek society and culture that can be traced back to the Archaic period, new forms of urban life play a tremendous role. Against the background of the rise of the polis, this process of urbanization is characterized by the development of new concepts of settlement-organization as well as by the appearance of monumental stone architecture, of new decoration styles and construction techniques. But how did these innovations move among different areas of the Greek world?

In recent scientific debate, profound attempts have been made from various methodological angles to examine the Iron Age and Archaic Mediterranean as a proto-global space of interaction and to question traditional narratives of Mediterranean colonization studies. While transregional networks of exchange undoubtedly had an important impact on the development of the ancient Greek society, a growing number of recent studies also call for a “local turn” and focus on the different ways of how communities responded to transregional connectivity on a local level.

In order to discuss the question of diversity and uniformity of Archaic architecture and urban development in a focused way, the international symposium “Connectivity vs. Localism: Architecture, Urban Planning and Social Interaction in Greek Archaic Communities of the Northern Peloponnese, Southern Italy and Sicily” concentrates on new archaeological evidence and new theories on familiar monuments and sites in these regions, which are historically linked by the foundation of apoikiai during the late 8th and 7th centuries BC. The main aim of the symposium is to trace and compare the pace and character of the developments in urbanism and architecture in these regions during the late 8th, 7th and 6th centuries BC from a multidirectional perspective, reaching across the separation of “overseas settlements” from the “Greek motherland” in order to avoid the concept of centre and margin. With a focus on evidence-based historical building research and urban studies, the symposium intends to examine actors and their material culture both in their local contexts and in conjunction with the broader structural connections of networks.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22
17.00–18.00 REGISTRATION
18.00–18.10 WELCOME ADDRESSES
Georg Ladstätter | Austrian Archaeological Institute
Walter Gauß | Austrian Archaeological Institute
18.10–18.30 INTRODUCTION
Christoph Baier | Austrian Archaeological Institute
Alexander Sokolicek | Austrian Archaeological Institute
18.30–19.15 KEYNOTE
Erich Kistler| University of Innsbruck
The creation of the Local – A new perspective in archaeology?
REFRESHMENTS TO FOLLOW

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23
SESSION I CITY SPACE, ARCHITECTURE AND POLITICAL COMMUNITIES
9.15–10.00 Keynote
Adolfo J. Dominguez Monedero | Autonomous University of Madrid
Between connectivity and localism: Hellenic identity and other (Greek) local identities
10.00–10.30 Franziska Lang | Technical University of Darmstadt
Architecture entangled in local and supra-regional assemblages
10.30–11.00 COFFEE/TEA BREAK

SESSION II PROCESSES OF URBANIZATION AND URBAN PLANNING
11.00–11.45 Jamieson Donati | Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation of Research and Technology, Rethymno
Early history and developments of rational town-planning in the Peloponnese
11.45–12.15 Silke Müth-Frederiksen | National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen
Konstantinos Kissas | Ephorate of Antiquities of Corinth
The question of the location of Archaic Sikyon: A status quo of indications and finds
12.15–12.45 Alexander Sokolicek | Austrian Archaeological Institute
Thoughts on Archaic Greek fortifications
12.45–14.30 LUNCH BREAK

SESSION III CENTRES OF INNOVATION AND PATTERNS OF TRANSMISSION
14.30–15.00 David Scahill | American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Early monumental Doric architecture: Influence and independence in Corinth and the western colonies
15.00–15.30 Gioacchino Francesco La Torre | University of Messina
Considerations about Archaic sacred architecture between Greece,
Southern Italy and Sicily: origin and development of terracotta roofs
15.30–16.00 Gregorio Aversa | National Archaeological Museum of Crotone
A contribution to define Archaic architecture of western Achaians
16.00–16.30 COFFEE/TEA BREAK

SESSION IV MONUMENTAL SACRED ARCHITECTURE IN THE NORTHERN
PELOPONNESE
16.30–17.00 Erofili-Iris Kolia | Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia
New evidence on sacred topography and religious architecture in Eastern Aigaleia
17.00–17.30 Georgia Alexopoulou | Ephorate of Antiquities of Achaia
A temple on the edge of the cliff in the region of Ancient Kynaitha
17.30–18.00 Georg Ladstätter | Austrian Archaeological Institute
The Archaic temple on the edge of the cliff and late Archaic peripteral temples in the Peloponnese
18.00–18.30 CONCLUDING REMARKS & DISCUSSION