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Conference on Innovations in Early Historic Societies

Jan 19, 2015

Prof. Dr. Joseph Maran and PD Dr. Philipp Stockhammer from project MC8 organised an international conference on "Appropriating Innovations: Entangled Knowledge in Eurasia, 5000-1500 BCE". The event took place from January 15-17, 2015, at Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH).

At the conference, more than 30 scholars from all over the world addressed the question of how to conceptualize the role of technological innovations, which is of crucial importance for understanding the mechanisms and rhythms of long-term cultural change in prehistoric and early historic societies. For a long time, the changes that have come about have often been modelled as gradual and linear, innovations have been considered positively as a progress in the development of humankind and the focus was on the localization of the origin of innovations and the routes of their spread.

The conference shed light on the conditions facilitating the quick spreading of technological innovation and on the process of the integration of new technologies into the life world of the appropriating societies. In particular, it concentrated on two key innovations, namely the transmission of the various components of the so-called “Secondary Products Revolution” in parts of the Near East and Europe during the 4th millennium BCE and the appropriation of early bronze casting technology, which spread from the Near East to Europe and China in the late 3rd and early 2nd millennium BCE.

The conference took place from January 15-17 at the IWH in Heidelberg. It was organised by Prof. Dr. Joseph Maran and PD Dr. Philipp Stockhammer from research project MC8 "Appropriating Innovations".

Joseph Maran is Professor for Pre- and Protohistory at Heidelberg University and Acting Director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe". Philipp Stockhammer is Research Fellow at the Institute for Prehistory and Early History and Near Eastern Archaeology in Heidelberg and Junior Fellow at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies.

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