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International Conference Communities in Transition: The Circum-Aegean Later Neolithic Stages (ca.

5000/4800-3200/3000 BC) 7-9 June 2013

Organized by: The Danish Institute at Athens Dept. of Palaeoanthropology-Speleology of Southern Greece, Hellenic Ministry of Culture Indiana University, Bloomington anakkale Onsekizmart University Trakya University Ankara University Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Athens, October 2, 2012 Dear Colleagues We hereby have the pleasure to forward a follow-up version of the 1. circular (dated May 20, 2012). In the following you will find contributions about the following topics:

1) 2) 3) 4)

An update of the 1. circular. An explanation of the term "Electronic Poster Session". Some notes on economic matters. A slightly changed version of the application form.


(changes are shown in bold and italics) International Conference Communities in Transition: The Circum-Aegean Later Neolithic Stages (ca. 5000/4800-3200/3000 BC) Dear Colleagues, We have great pleasure in inviting you to take part in the International Conference: Communities in Transition: The Circum-Aegean Later Neolithic Stages (c. 5000/4800-3200/3000 BC) on June 7th to 9th 2013 and to deliver a paper on that occasion. THE TOPIC The topic of the conference is the relatively long period of the Later Neolithic until (and including) the transition to the Early Bronze Age (1500-2000 years, depending on geographical area) in the region that is located around the Aegean Sea. Many different names for this period (e.g. Final Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Eneolithic, Late Neolithic Ib, II, Copper Age) are used by colleagues with different scholarly backgrounds. Despite the differences in terminology, the archaeological evidence shows many similar traits over a broad geographical area from the Danube in the north to Anatolia in the east and to Crete and Cyprus in the south, suggesting that the underlying social and cultural processes that created them are, broadly speaking, similar. The Late Neolithic I (especially its later stages) is included, since many of the features observed in the following periods have its roots in this phase. During the Later Neolithic stages this geographic area provided a stage for processes that led to important changes in material culture and the use of space, the adoption of metallurgical practices, establishment of far-reaching interaction and exchange networks, and increased social complexity. The conference has two principal aims: (1) to bring together colleagues who conduct research in the region and provide a venue for exchanging ideas and clarifying the use of concepts, and (2) to provide a forum for presentation of new research data and ideas that can help us to produce new perspectives on the period in question. The topics to be treated by the conference are organized under the following headings: 1. Presentation of new material and interpretation of archaeological data 2. Economy, society, and technology 3. Chronology and terminology 4. Synthesis The Aegean and adjacent areas, relations and interactions

EVENT STRUCTURE-FORMAT The conference will take place over a period of three consecutive days in the Lecture Hall of the New Acropolis Museum and in facilities of the Danish Institute at Athens. The primary format of the conference is podium presentation of papers, accepted by the Scientific Committee. In addition, there will be one session dedicated to an Electronic Poster Session (see below for details). The contributions will be published as soon as possible after the conference. The conference is organized and administered by an international Organizing Committee.

Sren Dietz, The Danish Institute at Athens Burin Erdogu, Trakya University Fanis Mavridis, Ministry of Culture, Greece Vasf aholu, Ankara University Turan Takaolu, anakkale Onsekizmart University arko Tankosi, Indiana University Bloomington Ingolf Thuesen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. Kalliope Sarri, Academic Secretary

Eva Alram-Stern, Mycenaean Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences Ioannis Aslanis, The National Research Foundation Philip Betancourt, Temple University, Philadelphia Hayat Erkanal, University of Ankara Michael Fotiadis, University of Ioannina Kostas Kotsakis, University of Thessaloniki Krzysztof Nowicki, Institute of Archaeology of the Polish Academy of Sciences Mehmet zdoan, University of Istanbul William Parkinson, The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago Colin Renfrew, University of Cambridge Adamantios Sampson, University of the Aegean Lucia Vagnetti, CNR, Rome Karen D. Vitelli, Indiana University On behalf of the Organizing Committee Yours sincerely Sren Dietz Fanis Mavridis arko Tankosi

2) Electronic Poster Session In addition to the podium presentations of papers in the lecture hall of the Acropolis Museum, the organizers have established the possibility for participants to alternatively deliver their contribution with text and illustrations in a presentation programme (e.g., Power Point). The presentation should not exceed 20 slides and can contain illustrations and text but not video or music. The electronic slideshow will be shown in the auditorium of the Danish Institute (or in the Acropolis Museum if there is a suitable room) where a series of computers and monitors will be installed. The participants in the conference can thus choose when they want to attend the presentation (opening hours will be announced later). The Electronic Poster Session is a possibility for participants to submit contributions of importance for the topic of the conference but in a shorter version (e.g., if on-going studies are not far enough in the process to be presented as a lecture; topics, relevant for the conference but perhaps not exactly in its geographical or chronological focus; new data presented in a short form, like scientific results, statistic charts, etc.). These presentations will be published (up to three pages) in the final proceedings of the conference. 3) Funding Travel expenses: The conference does not cover travel expenses for participants. The budget, however, contains some modest possibilities to contribute a smaller amount of money to participants (giving lectures) with specific difficulties in finding support to cover travel expenses. Please write to the organizers (conference address) if you need this and we will do whatever we can to help! Accommodation: The conference will supply accommodation for participants from abroad. An inquiry form will be forwarded later, where you are requested to state whether or not you want us to arrange accommodation for you. Meals: Lunch and dinner will be arranged and expenses covered by the conference. Before mid October a web site will be accessible at the home page of the Danish Institute at Athens where all information of relevance for the conference will be published.


Form to be returned by email to the secretariat of the Conference (att. Dr. Kalliope Sarri) no later than October 15, 2012, to the following email address: PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CONTRIBUTIONS SHOULD BE IN ENGLISH

I would like to attend the conference with a paper I would like to attend the conference with a electronic presentation I would like to attend the conference


First name Last name Affiliation Address E-mail Tel.


Title of the paper

General paper topic (keywords):

Paper abstract (max. 600 words; alternatively, please include/attach an abstract as a separate document)

Electronic Poster Session (description max. 300 words)

Date and Signature (/name):