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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Dwelling in Temporal Perspective Symposium

14th March 2009, 09:00 to 18:00, The Birley Room, Department of Archaeology

Speakers at this symposium include:

Tim Ingold (Aberdeen)
Olga Soffer (Illinois)
Graeme Barker (Cambridge)
Heather Baker (Vienna)

One of the principal ways of being human - the creation of ‘home' - is deeply rooted in the past, stretching back into our primate ancestry. If the significance of home began by conferring selective evolutionary advantage, home soon became a way of expressing cultural values - a place of personal and social identity. This second one-day symposium in the ‘home' series critically examines the culturally-specific ways the meaning of home have changed at key transitions in human prehistory and history: the origins of the first humans, the emergence of farming, the development of cities and their diffusion across the world as the dominant context of modern living. It is axiomatic that such massive human transitions would have impacted not only at the macro-level but also on the ways people settled their landscapes and made their dwellings. Understanding this poses a huge challenge to a wide range of specialists - biologists, ecologists, archaeologists, historians, anthropologists, sociologists and palaeo-pathologists. Building on foundations laid in the first symposium, this second meeting explores, over time, the recursive relationship between the forms of those homes and the human experience of dwelling in them.

Contact j.c.chapman@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.