S1 Tangible and Intangible Things
Archaeology mostly deals with the tangible things, which archaeologists call the material culture . Archaeological discussion has long debated over the hyped interest on objects and put forward the human and the societies as a reaction to that. Now the focus of archaeology is once more putting emphasis on materiality or in other words the “tangible things”. This session seeks after the “intangible things” like concepts, thoughts and senses in the archaeological context that are known to us through the material contexts and objects. How much can we comprehend and understand ?
S2 Things and Assemblages
The concept of assemblage implies groups of associated artefacts either they are related to eachother or not and its recent use have very much relied on contingency, change or precession. In the archaeological context, the relationship between the archaeologist and the archaeological record is being discussed due to the changing nature of the assemblages in the archaelogical context. This session is intended to discuss the meaning and the use of the concept of “assemblage” in archaeological discourses; the limits of the notion of assemblage as well as presentations on archaeological cases derived from assemblages.
S3 Things and Memory
Things bear different semantic meanings for individiuals and human societies. Cultural complexities and systems create codes that can be defined and assigned to things through standard archaeological approach which conceptualizes time and human civilization linearly and basically categorizes things temporally and spatially. However things have fluid natures and they go through processes until they reach their final stage of existence as archaeological things. Some archaeological things also appear repeatedly in various cultural contexts at various times either as a consequence of cultural continuity or as a reflection of human mind that repeats itself symbolically. This session is aimed at discussing archaeological things that reflects social memories and principal human issues in a comparative way by explaining them with case studies from the recent past.
S4 Objects and Subjects
The notion of object-subject dichotomy has long been discussed as a philosophical issue that is concerned with human experience within the world of objects. As humans are subjects (observers) that perceive the world of objects (entities), the ways how objects are associated with their observers should be questioned. Withal how does individiul human mind relate to other minds? How does an archaeologist as the final subject observing the archaeological object relate to the mind of past societies and individuals? Object-subject problem deals with one of the fundamental practices of archaeology i.e how entities are grouped hierarchially on the basis of their similarites and diversities? This session is expected to create a forum for debating on what we know and understand about the subjects who produce, use and define objects?
S5 Things and Networks
Things do not merely exist but also create networks. Archaeology as a discipline tries to put together archaeological things to re-create, define and explain those networks. Cultural, commercial, political or social networks have been the primary aspects of cultural change which is a basic notion for archaeological explanations. This session seeks the ways how archaeological discourse defines networks through things as their components; and by which new methods or approaches practice it. This session is for exploring the kind of things that created networks both in macro and micro scales.