Call for Papers – Koç University Archaeology & History of Art Graduate Research Symposium
**Application Deadline: January 23, 2015**
Disasters & Catastrophes: Navigating Periods of Crisis and Transition in Anatolia, the Mediterranean and the Near East
Koç University’s department of Archaeology and History of Art (ARHA) is pleased to announce “Disasters & Catastrophes: Navigating Periods of Crisis and Transition in Anatolia, the Mediterranean and Near East,” its third annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, on April 25, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.
As archaeologists, historians, and cultural heritage scholars, we look to historical moments of catastrophe as signifiers of radical change, with periods of transition marking the complicated and intersecting evolution of cultural, political, religious and environmental influence over time. Such events shape current topographies, mould collective memories and in some cases inform regional and national identities. In these pivotal periods of instability, exigency, and crisis followed by aftermath and recovery, we can learn much about the dynamics of societies and the range of historical factors underpinning them.
This symposium seeks to encourage a diverse range of perspectives and disciplines concerned with a span of subjects, areas and periods of research as they relate to the topic of disaster and crisis, both natural and human-instigated.
Students of archaeology, art history, history, cultural heritage, and museum studies may present research related to Anatolia and its neighboring regions, including the Mediterranean, Aegean, the Levant and the Ancient Near East, from the earliest prehistory through Bronze and Iron Ages, Classical, Byzantine, Ottoman periods and into the contemporary.
Subjects could include (but are not limited to): climate change, civilization collapse, war, drought/famine, natural disasters like earthquakes & volcano eruptions, fire, urban crises or transformations, political upheaval, civil unrest, disaster preparedness in heritage, etc., as well as periods of transition and recovery.
All graduate students are encouraged to apply, including:
Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract by January 23rd, 2015 to