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Interpreting Identity. Our construct or theirs?

A 2 day symposium exploring prehistoric identity in Europe.
27th-28th May 2011
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology
Queen's University Belfast

If the assumption that prehistoric identities are intrinsically intertwined with the physical remnants of material culture is accepted, then how can the archaeological record be interpreted to help us understand who our predecessors were? Where does the individual end and the collective begin?

This two-day symposium will concentrate on the theme of identity within prehistoric Western Europe, with a focus on Ireland and northwest Britain. Speakers will present a case study to discuss the role that the construction and consumption of artefacts, settlement, burial, or ritual monuments has had in generating and maintaining a social identity within a small geographic region, or on a wider, island-wide or intra-island scale.

Papers should be 20 minutes in duration and speakers will have the opportunity to receive questions, moderated by the joint chairs. The symposium offers an opportunity to go beyond descriptive accounts by providing a platform for informal discussion in a friendly environment. In addition, there will be a poster session running alongside a wine reception. It is also intended that the papers will be reviewed and published on the internet.

We invite abstracts for papers/posters from academic staff, post-doctoral researchers, current postgraduate research students and those in the commercial sector.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words and fall under one of the session titles listed below.
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Session Titles:
Material Culture of the Living
Material Culture of the Dead
Architectural and Ritual Expressions
Our Construct or Theirs? The Impositions of the Archaeologists.

There will also be a debate and discussion session.

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