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History & Archaeology Section meeting

Following the decision taken by the Academia Europaea board in November 2017, the History & Archaeology Section organised its first bi-annual workshop meeting in Wrocław, Poland, on Monday, September 3 and Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Topic: Mobility: a Bridge between Past and Present 

Photo: Helmut Leitner

Photo: Helmut Leitner

The topic of “mobility” is understood here in its paradigmatic sense. It takes into account the mobility of human beings, goods, animals and plants, diseases, knowledge, including infrastructure, effects on the environment, societies, and politics, as well as gender issues, transport, etc. At the same time, a historical dimension may serve to bestow upon such a paradigm the perspective given by time when applied to different patterns of mobility. However, the bridge is not only between past and present, but also between disciplines, both within and beyond the realm of humanities and social sciences.

The History & Archaeology Section of Academia Europaea sought, therefore, through that first workshop, to explore the bridges that a study of mobility may establish between different and seemingly unrelated disciplines. The papers presented thus addressed a wide variety of issues related to the general topic.

Apart from the pleasure of meeting colleagues and friends, the purpose of this workshop was to consider strengthening the links between the two component disciplines of our Section, namely history and archaeology, while at the same time consolidating our disciplinary voice within Academia Europaea and establishing a constructive dialogue with the other sections of the Academia.

Monday, September 3

Morning session 
10:00 am – 10:15 am Welcoming words: Nikita Harwich (H & A Section Chair)
10:15 am – 11:00 am Keynote Speech: Amélia Polónia “Mobilities: the Role of Social Sciences and the Humanities under the United Nation Sustainable Goals for 2020-2030
11:00 am – 11:30 am Coffee break
Chair/Moderator: Bogdan Szlachta
11:30 am – 12:00 Stephen Bi “The Institutional Lock-out of Sustainable Transportation Technologies: Inherent, Intentional, Invertible?
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion
12:30 – 02:00 pm Lunch

Afternoon session
Chair/Moderator: Pieter Emmer
02:00 pm – 02:30 pm Gideon Biger “International boundaries – The Bridge between History, Geography and Political Science
02:30 pm – 03:00 pm Renate Pieper “Migrating News from Handwriting to Print in Early Modern Europe
03:00 pm – 03:30 pm Coffee break
03:30 pm – 04:00 pm Discussion
04:30 pm – 06:00 pm Guided tour of the University premises and the Old Town
07:30 pm Gala Dinner (Jasna Restaurant, Pawła Włodkowica 18)

Tuesday, September 4

Morning session 
09:15 am – 10:00 am Keynote Speech: Pieter Emmer “Free and Unfree Migration, 1500-1900
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
Chair/Moderator: Renate Pieper
10:30 am – 11:00 am Sverre Håkon Bagge “Social and Geographic Mobility in Medieval Scandinavia
11:00 am – 11:30 am Jörg Peltzer “Transfer, Entanglement and Regal Traditions. The Mobility of Ideas or How to Define Princely Rank in England and the Empire in the Fourteenth Century
11:30 am – 12:00 Manuel Lucena Giraldo “Public Works in the Spanish Empire, a Bridging Perspective
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion
12:30 – 02:00 pm Lunch 

Afternoon session 
Chair/Moderator: Nikita Harwich
02:00 pm – 02:30 pm Hans Ulrich Jessurun d’Oliveira „Brexit and Sustained Mobility
02:30 pm – 03:00 pm Rosa Maria Martínez de Codes „Migration, Governance and Religious Identities across Western Countries
03:00 pm – 03:30 pm Coffee break
03:30 pm – 04:00 pm Discussion
04:00 pm – 04:30 pm Summary and farewell conclusions

The detailed programme is available here.