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GETTY-CAS Archaeological Schools

A Research Programme (2019-2022) hosted by the Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia (Bulgaria), funded by the Getty Foundation as part of the Connecting Art Histories Initiative


With this Programme, we plan to investigate how archaeology creates knowledge in Southeastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Kosovo, Montenegro. North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and the Turkish province of East Thrace), taking into account the particularities of the local research traditions and their connections with research traditions of other disciplines, especially art history. We hope to better understand why the culture-historical way of thinking about the past remains dominant in our region and encourage diversity and pluralism, generated by examining the ideas in which our research practices are grounded, their history, what keeps them in place. We also seek to examine how we determine what is a useful novelty – an examination that has better chances of success if conducted by constantly comparing what we do with what is done in other traditions of archaeological research. More: LINK 


The Programme is structured through a series of Conferences and Spring Schools taking place in three different capital cities in the region (Sofia, Bucharest, and Athens) over three years. The overall structure has been envisaged as an opportunity for new synergies between scholars working across the region; given the current state of the discipline in the region (an overbearing “Western” bias associated with the neglect of intra-regional collaboration), it is not uncommon for archaeologists and art historians working across a national border from one another to never have interacted in the framework of common academic research project. The two Conferences and the three Spring Schools proposed by our Programme are designed as a way of deploying new academic networks – cross-national and cross-generational – across the region:

Each Spring School (five to six days long) will consist of a segment of lectures by senior scholars, a one-day workshop on each School’s particular theme, a colloquium prepared by the junior participants, and one or two days of site visits. Junior participants to each School will be selected through open calls.

The Programme is coordinated by the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS), in collaboration with Dr. Gheorghe Alexandru Niculescu (Vasile Pârvan Institute of Archaeology, Bucharest) and Prof. Dimitris Plantzos (Department of History and Archaeology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) who act as the Programme’s co-directors. It is funded by the Getty Foundation, as part of the Connecting Art Histories Initiative.

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