The Connected Past London 2014 – CFP

The call for papers for the next event in the Connected Past series is now open.

This event will take place at Imperial College London on the 8th and 9th September 2014. It is a one and a half day multi-disciplinary meeting to explore how concepts and techniques from network- and complexity science can be used to study archaeological data. These challenges include the use of material data as proxy evidence for past human behaviour, questions about long-term processes of social change, and the fragmentary nature of archaeological data. We aim to bring together physical scientists and archaeologists in order to highlight the challenges posed by archaeological data and research questions, and explore collaborative ways of tackling them using perspectives drawn from network and complexity science.

We are looking for 20 to 30 minute contributions and are inviting researchers from any relevant field to submit a one page abstract in pdf format. The abstract should contain the title, name of proposed speaker and names of any additional authors and their associated institutions, along with a brief abstract (200-500 words). Any additional information (figure, links, bibliography, etc.) may be included within the one page limit. This should be sent to:

Submission deadline: 20th June 2014

Decisions announced: 4th July 2014

You can download the full details here: ConPastLon2014CallForPapers-1


Network Analysis in Archaeology

Network Analysis in Archaeology

Now published!

My own paper, Re-thinking Jewish ethnicity through social network analysis, explores how new ideas about Jewish ethnicity were spread through a newly-tightened strong-tie network. This is the abstract of the paper:

As a response to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and the subsequent cataclysms in Judaea and elsewhere in the Jewish Diaspora, Judaism itself underwent a series of reforms. This paper argues that these reforms (Rabbinic halakhah, standardised laws of moral behaviour) spread through the renewed strong-tie ethnic network of the Diaspora and can be seen epigraphically in the use of Hebrew names, references to the laws, and in the use of the Hebrew language itself. Visualising this process through the use of networks allows us to consider possible routes and mechanisms of information transmission.

Although the book is not exactly cheap at £75, it has some really exciting contents which I’m very much looking forward to reading…

Part I: Background
1: Introduction: why networks? Carl Knappett
2: John Edward Terrell: Social network analysis and the practice of history
3: Leif Isaksen: ‘O what a tangled web we weave’ – towards a practice that does not deceive
Part II: Sites and Settlements
4: Søren Sindbæk: Broken links and black boxes: material affiliations and contextual network synthesis in the Viking world
5: Jonathan B. Scholnick, Jessica L. Munson, and Martha J. Macri: Positioning power in a multi-relational framework: a social network analysis of Classic Maya political rhetoric
6: Ray Rivers, Carl Knappett and Tim Evans: What makes a site important? Centrality, gateways and gravity
7: Koji Mizoguchi: Evolution of prestige good systems: an application of network analysis to the transformation of communication systems and their media
Part III: Material Culture
8: Barbara J. Mills, John M. Roberts, Jeffery J. Clark, William R. Haas Jr., Deborah Huntley, Matthew A. Peeples, Lewis Borck, Susan C. Ryan, Meaghan Trowbridge and Ronald L. Breiger: The dynamics of social networks in the Late Prehispanic U.S. Southwest
9: Emma Blake: Social networks, path dependence, and the rise of ethnic groups in pre-Roman Italy
10: Anna Collar: Re-thinking Jewish ethnicity through social network analysis
11: Fiona Coward: Grounding the net: social networks, material culture and geography in the Epipalaeolithic and early Neolithic of the Near East (~21-6,000 cal BCE)
12: S. Colby Phillips and Erik Gjesfjeld: Evaluating adaptive network strategies with geochemical sourcing data: a case study from the Kuril Islands
13: Angus Mol and Jimmy Mans: Old boy networks in the indigenous Caribbean
Part IV
14: Sander van der Leeuw: Archaeology, networks, information processing, and beyond