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Creativity: An Exploration Through the Bronze Age and Contemporary Responses to the Bronze Age

Event Date: 
Wed, 10/04/2013 - 10:00 to Thu, 11/04/2013 - 10:00
Venue: 
Magdalene College
Location: 
University of Cambridge, UK

At the same time as we assume creativity as embedded in human history, it is unclear how we locate, explore and analyse creativity. The explicit aim of this conference is to engage with this challenge. We will discuss creativity through a focus on its outcomes – in this case material culture – and through an exploration of creative practice. The European Bronze Age provides an interesting focus for discussions of the outcomes of creativity because in this period we see the development of new and pre-existing materials that we take for granted today. We also see new ways of working with them, accompanied by the growth of technical skill, to produce complex forms and elaborate decorated surfaces. This conference will explore how viewing these through the lens of creativity has the potential to offer fresh insights into the interaction between people and the world. An understanding of creativity further demands that we examine the processes that lie behind creative expression. To consider this, the conference will explore how the distant Bronze Age may be able to act as a stimulus and inspiration for creative practice in the present.

This is therefore a call for papers about creativity in the Bronze Age or creativity that has been stimulated by encounters with prehistory.

Speakers will include: Prof. Lise Bender Jørgensen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Archaeology and Religious Studies), Dr Karina Grömer (Natural History Museum, Vienna), Prof. Tim Ingold (Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen), Prof. Janis Jefferies (Department of Computing, Goldsmith’s University of London), Dr Flemming Kaul (National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen), Dr Joanna Sofaer (Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton), Dr Marie Louise Stig Sørensen (Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge).

Please submit abstracts to: cinba@soton.ac.uk

Abstract submission deadline: January 15th 2013

Public lecture about Hallstatt prehistoric salt mine and its textiles

Event Date: 
Thu, 27/10/2011 - 20:00

Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA)

Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA) brings together partners from the Universities of Southampton, Cambridge and Trondheim, the National Museum of Denmark, the Natural History Museum of Vienna, Zagreb Archaeological Museum, Lejre Archaeological Park (Sagnlandet) and the Crafts Council. It offers important insights into the fundamental nature of creativity by exploring a part of European history not influenced by contemporary concepts of art – the Bronze Age – looking at developments in crafts that we take for granted today: pottery, textiles and metalwork. It investigates objects as a means to understand local and transnational creative activities, investigating the development of decorative motifs and the techniques and skill used for these. It tracks these developments over more than a millennium within regions forming a north-south axis across Europe: Scandinavia, Central Europe and the Adriatic. In addition, links between ancient and modern creativity are explored through contemporary engagements with Bronze Age objects by modern craftspeople and the public.

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Anton Kern

Institution: 
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
E-mail: 
anton.kern@nhm-wien.ac.at

Dr Kern is Director of the prehistory department at Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien, and of excavations at Hallstatt (the site of many important prehistoric textiles). He is an expert in prehistoric Europe, has a strong record of international collaboration and a good publication record. He is a member of the Textiles Research Team. He supervises a PhD researcher working on Central European textiles and facilitates access to material, contributes to CinBA events, publications and other disseminations.

Project Title: 
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Flemming Kaul

Institution: 
Nationalmuseet, Denmark
E-mail: 
flemming.kaul@natmus.dk

Dr Kaul is internationally known for his work on Bronze Age iconography, including that on bronzes, and has a strong track record of publication. He is a member of the Metal Research Team. His objective is to investigate the development of figurative decorations on bronzes. Curator of Prehistory at the Nationalmuseet, Denmark, he facilitates access to material, contribute to CinBA events, publications and other forms of dissemination.

Project Title: 
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Ivan Mirnik

Institution: 
Zagreb Archaeological Museum
E-mail: 
i.a.d.mirnik@gmail.com

Dr Mirnik has a wide range of archaeological expertise and an extensive publication record. He is a member of the Pottery Research Team examining materials and motifs. A scientific advisor in Zagreb Archaeological Museum, he facilitates access to material and local expertise, contributes to CinBA events, publications and other disseminations.

Project Title: 
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Joanna Sofaer

Institution: 
University of Southampton
E-mail: 
jrsd@soton.ac.uk
External Website Address: 

Joanna Sofaer is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology. She has published widely on the European Bronze Age. Her research combines innovative theoretical work with material culture based approaches. In addition to the CinBA project, she has participated in a number of large international projects, most recently including the on-going EC-funded Marie Curie ITN Forging Identities and the excavation of the Bronze Age tell at Százhalombatta, Hungary. Previous projects include Disinter/est, an interdisciplinary collaboration bringing together Archaeology and Arts Practice, and membership of the EC-funded Emergence of European Communities. Joanna is responsible for CinBA management, ensuring synergy within the CinBA consortium, timely delivery of outputs, and is chair of the CinBA steering committee. She is part of the CinBA Pottery Research Team focussing on material qualities, supervises a PhD on creativity in pottery shape and decoration, and with a post-doc synthesises spatial and temporal trends in pottery. She is a member of the CinBA research team investigating contemporary attitudes, working with modern craftspeople on their responses to ancient craft. She contributes to publications, other forms of dissemination, and is a member of the HERA Creativity Steering Committee.

Project Title: 
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Lars Holten

Institution: 
Land of Legends ‘Sagnlandet’ Archaeological Park Lejre
E-mail: 
lah@sagnlandet.dk

Dr Lars Holten is the Director of Land of Legends, ‘Sagnlandet’, Lejre .The Land of Legends, Lejre is a well established non-profit research and communication centre whose mission is to conduct experimental archaeology and communicate to the visiting public about historic and prehistoric life. His role is to help set up the data gathering exercises (participant observation and interviews) and to facilitate the visiting researchers. This will include joint co-ordinating with PI02 the duration and character of research visits. In the final year Sagnlandet’ will contribute to the CinBA with its own research project on creativity and craft as a meeting point for research and communication.

Project Title: 
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Lise Bender Jørgensen

Institution: 
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
E-mail: 
lise.bender@hf.ntnu.no

Prof. Lise Bender Jørgensen is an internationally regarded expert in prehistoric textiles. She has directed and participated in several large research projects, and has an extensive publication record. She is part of the Textiles Research Team guiding identification and technical analysis, and supervising a post-doctoral researcher analysing spatial and temporal trends. She has taught and studied contemporary craft, and is part of the CinBA research team investigating contemporary attitudes as a discussant in focus groups with modern craftspeople. She will contribute to publications, other forms of dissemination and is a member of the steering committee.

Project Title: 
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Marie Louise Stig Sørensen

Institution: 
University of Cambridge
E-mail: 
mlss@cam.ac.uk

Marie Louise Stig Sørensen is a University Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. She has a long-standing interest in the European Bronze Age on which she has published extensively. She created, and has been the coordinator of, the University of Cambridge’s Postgraduate degree in ‘Archaeological Heritage and Museums’, one of the earliest degree courses in this field. She is PI of the EC-funded CRIC project (Cultural Heritage and the Re-construction of Identities after Conflict) as well as being a partner on several other projects, such as the EC-funded Forging Identities and Emergence of European Communities, the Leverhulme-funded project Changing Beliefs of the Human Body, and the excavation of the Bronze Age tell at Százhalombatta, Hungary. She is part of the Metal Research Team. She supervises a PhD working on the CinBA project and, with a post-doc research assistant, works on bronze objects, their shape and decoration. She is part of the research team investigating contemporary attitudes with responsibility for setting up data collection with regard to public participation. She contributes to publications and other forms of dissemination. She is a member of the CinBA steering committee.

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