Kiel Conference 2023: How humans and the environment have influenced each other since the Stone Age
- In Kiel, 300 researchers from 30 nations will exchange findings on how societies, the environment and culture have changed in the past.
- The Johanna Mestorf Award is to be presented by Schleswig-Holstein's State Secretary for Science Guido Wendt.
- Media representatives are cordially invited to the conference opening with the award ceremony as well as to the entire conference.
Environmental changes have always posed great challenges to humankind. The current climate change is a good example. There are many ideas and proposals on how to slow it down or mitigate its consequences. But all solutions have side effects, either natural, social or both. They must therefore be carefully weighed against each other. Past experience can help us with the decisions that we need to make. But to do so, we need to know where the roots of certain processes in the interaction between humans and the environment lie, and how societies reacted to changes in the past.
Next week, 300 researchers from the archaeological, palaeoecological, and other natural, social, and life sciences will meet at Kiel University (CAU) for the six-day international Kiel Conference 2023:Scales of Social, Environmental & Cultural Change in Past Societies. The conference is the largest scientific event in Germany focusing on the interplay of the environment, social relations, material culture, population dynamics, and human perception in the past. Participants come from more than 30 different countries. The Collaborative Research Centre 1266 ‘Scales of Transformation - Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies’ and the Cluster of Excellence ‘ROOTS’ are organising the conference in the framework of the Johanna Mestorf Academy at Kiel University.
Wide spectrum of topics
"In order to understand the key factors for socio-ecological changes in the past, it is necessary for many different disciplines to work together," stresses Prof. Dr. Johannes Müller, spokesperson for ROOTS and the CRC 1266. Regular exchange across disciplinary boundaries is very important in this regard, he stated. "Therefore, I am pleased that so many colleagues from different specialties accepted our invitation to Kiel to present, exchange and discuss the latest results," says Johannes Müller.
The spectrum of topics ranges from societies at the end of the last ice age to communities of pre-modern cities, from strategies of human adaptation to environmental change and to burial rites. It includes health in the past, residential behaviour, the formation of complex networks, and various theoretical and methodological approaches covering the social, natural, and life sciences.
The Kiel Conference 2023 is the seventh conference in this series, which is usually organised on a biennial basis. "The international and multidisciplinary participation in these conferences shows that Kiel University is a globally recognised centre for research in the field of social, environmental and cultural change in early societies," emphasises Kiel University President Prof. Dr. Simone Fulda.
Johanna Mestorf Award Ceremony
The Johanna Mestorf Award will also be granted during the conference. Every two years, the Johanna Mestorf Academy of Kiel University, the CRC1266 and the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS award this prize for an outstanding dissertation in the field of socio-ecological research of past societies and landscape archaeology. The prize is endowed with 3000 euros.
The prize is named after Johanna Mestorf (1828-1909), who conducted archaeological and ethnographic research in Kiel. She was the first female museum director (1891) and one of the first female professors (1899) in Germany. This year, Schleswig-Holstein's State Secretary for Science, Guido Wendt, will present the award. "In all the activities in our research focus, the promotion of excellent young researchers is an important concern. The Johanna Mestorf Award sets an example in this regard that is perceived far beyond Kiel," says Johannes Müller.
Dr. Andrea Ricci
Cluster of Excellence ROOTS
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Dr. Franziska Engelbogen
CRC1266 'Scales of Transformation'
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- The Kiel Conference 2023
- The Cluster of Excellence ROOTS
- The Collaborative Research Centre 1266 ‘Scales of Transformation - Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies’
About the Cluster of Excellence "ROOTS"
The Cluster of Excellence "ROOTS - Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies" explores the roots of social, environmental, and cultural phenomena and processes that substantially marked past human development. In a broad interdisciplinary conceptual framework, archaeological and historical ‘laboratories’ are investigated under the basic assumption that humans and environments have deeply shaped each other, creating socio-environmental connectivities which still persist today. A better understanding of interwoven past socio-environmental dynamics will shed light on the ‘roots’ of current challenges and crises.
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