[URBANTH-L] Call for papers: Up from the ashes: Creativity and Conservatism in rebuilding after disasters

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Tue Feb 6 06:16:56 EST 2007

  Up from the Ashes: Creativity and conservatism in rebuilding after disasters
  Wars, earthquakes, and other calamities can destroy homes and public buildings instantaneously, but in many cases, the inhabitants survive.  Whether in Late Bronze Age Greece, Nero’s Rome, or 19th century Chicago, the choices made concerning rebuilding can reflect not only the immediate physical and psychological effects of the fire, but can also illuminate ways in which survivors identify themselves in relation to their past and future, as well as how they view themselves within political and ideological spheres of the community.  Thus, the shape of the new city often reflects aspects of the old, in a way that is influenced by many factors, including the rate of survival from the disaster, the nature of authority, the desire to prevent future disasters, and the community’s reaction to the traumatic event or events which destroyed their environment.  Cities that remain derelict also present an opportunity to clarify the relationship of survivors to their former homes. 
 Whether a site is left in ruins or relocated to a more secure place, we can still learn much about the community’s perception of the town and of the disaster.  This colloquium invites student papers from all time periods, addressing the archaeology of rebuilding urban and village environments after natural and manmade disasters.  We welcome papers examining the effects of memory, trauma, and ideology in establishing the post-disaster shape of cities, as well as studies of the archaeological evidence for the changing topography of urban environments.  
  This colloquium will be the fifth annual paper session organized by the Student Affairs Interest Group (SAIG) of the Archaeological Institute of America.  It is intended not only to provide expanded opportunities for student presentations at the Annual Meeting but also to showcase innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship.  Under the title “Up from the Ashes: Creativity and conservatism in rebuilding after disasters” the organizers will submit the selected papers as a colloquium session to the next annual meeting of the AIA (January 3-6, 2008, Chicago).  All papers in the colloquium will be subject to acceptance by the AIA Program for the Annual Meeting Committee, in accordance with standard procedures.  
  The SAIG would like to remind all interested students that it is possible for an individual to submit papers for both a colloquium session and an open paper session at the AIA annual meetings.  The latter is automatically withdrawn from consideration if the former is accepted. 
  Please send a CV and an abstract of no more than 250 words by February 21, 2007 to both session organizers, Lyra Monteiro (lmonteir at umich.edu) and Natalie Abell (abelln at email.uc.edu).  In keeping with the regulations of the AIA, we will accept only electronic submissions. All abstracts must conform to AIA guidelines (see the American Journal of Archaeology style guidelines, published in AJA 104:3-24, or the Annual Meeting Section of the AIA website; esp. §§3.1-8, 6.5., www.archaeological.org).  If the colloquium is accepted by the Program for the Annual Meeting Committee all whose papers are included must be members of the AIA in good standing by the time of the meeting.

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