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VIIth Doctoral Meetings of the European School of Protohistory of Bibracte

The European School of Protohistory of Bibracte, organizes this year their VII Doctoral Meetings by videoconference, from March 8 to 10, 2021. Several members of Chrono-environnement are participating in these study days.

The question of the resilience and adaptability of today’s societies in the face of changes and crises is a subject - beyond being very topical - that is very well studied in social sciences. The idea of exploring this Thematic analysis through the prism of archaeology, in order to transpose it to ancient societies - and more precisely to those of the Metal Ages - seems essential for understanding the reaction of individuals or populations to complex, unexpected, even traumatic disruptive events.
Changes within ancient societies can be of endogenous or exogenous origin, and can be expressed from environmental, health, economic, technological, political, military or spiritual points of view. They may be brutal, and thus be perceived as real crises for the societies that experience them, or they may be barely perceptible and take place in an underlying manner over a more or less long period of time. In archaeology, the notions of continuity and discontinuity are inherent to the discipline and their understanding is fundamental for analysing the evolution of ancient societies.
Through this object of study, several questions appear: How and what archaeological data allow us to identify sudden or progressive changes in these societies? Did protohistoric societies develop technical, cognitive and social skills to cope, adapt and surpass themselves, in order to forge new aptitudes and habits? How do these changes influence the construction and structuring of the chronology?
Around these questions of adaptability and resilience, these meetings revolve around three axes:
- Session 1: Economic and structural changes
- Session 2: Cultural and identity changes
- Session 3: Theory and modeling of change

Program and connection modalities HERE
Access to the Meetings ON REGISTRATION via the University of Innsbruck (Austria)

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