via Zoom

17.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

In 2022 the Department of Archaeology of the Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) begins to organize a new series of an international annual symposium which will take place in every third Thursdays and Fridays of Novembers in each year, both live and virtually. A parallel virtual conferencing platform will be enable its delegates to participate remotely and interactively so that both in-person as well as virtual attendees can join to this archaeological event in İzmir easily. The lack of in-person conferences over the past two years has, however, hurt colleagues and gradudate students the most so we wholeheartedly support whatever maximizes their ability to participate in person.

The Department of Archaeology is glad to inform you that the first international symposium of this annual series will take place on November 17-18, 2022 at the DEU in İzmir with a focus on latest archaeological discoveries on the region of İzmir in western Turkey. Since the 15th century archaeologically and historically İzmir became a special focus in the fields of ancient Anatolian studies. We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines related to this region. The aim of this symposium is to report on the state of archaeological research concerning İzmir from the Paleolithic period until the end of the Ottoman period. Thematic and geographical focus of the first symposium will be latest archaeological research in İzmir and its close surrounding in Ionia, Aeolis, Lydia and Upper Cayster Valley in the administrative territories of the today’s Turkish province of İzmir.

Intended to bring together scholars of archaeology, ancient history, historical geography, epigraphy and other related disciplines in ancient Anatolian studies to discuss a range of issues concerning this region’s archaeology and history, this symposium should be an excellent opportunity to increase our knowledge about this region. The following theme groups are the main questions of the symposium which are prescriptive:

- Recent archaeological field projects (excavations and surveys) and museum studies as well as discoveries in and around İzmir,

- İzmir in ancient mythology,

- Prehistory and protohistorical researches in İzmir,

- İzmir during the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods,

- İzmir in ancient authors, eg. Homer, Herodotus, Strabo etc.,

- Ethno-cultural landscape of ancient İzmir and ethnoarchaeology,

- Epigraphical research in İzmir,

- Numismatic research in İzmir: circulations, dynamics and mechanisms,

- Relationships between İzmir and other cities of Ionia, the Achaemenid Empire as well as other neighbouring regions,

- Historical geography and settlement patterns in Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine İzmir,

- Ancient roads, routes and population in İzmir,

- İzmir as a part of the Roman province Asia and the “seven churches of Apocalypse”,

- The province İzmir under the tetrarchy reform of Emperor Diocletian in A.D. 296,

- Population and settlement boom in the “Justinianic” era in the region of İzmir,

- Archaeometric researches in İzmir,

- Miscellanea.

On these themes and questions, all approaches and methods susceptible to bring some progress to our current knowledge are of course welcome: archaeology, ancient history, classics, historical geography, epigraphy, numismatic, history of art, cultural anthropology etc. English is the official language of the symposium and both abstracts as well as papers should be written and presented in English. The symposium will take place live at the Faculty of Letters of the DEU in Buca, İzmir as well as virtually on a conference platform (most probably on Zoom). The proceedings of the symposium will be published in December 2022. The symposium is free of charge. A post-symposium excursion is planned on November 19 to the archaeological sites in the metropolitan area of İzmir.

We would be delighted, if you could consider contributing to our symposium and contact us with the required information below before September 9, 2022. Our e-mail address is: arkeoloji.sempozyumu@deu.edu.tr or ergun.lafli@deu.edu.tr

Every abstract submitted to our symposium should at least be two pages, but not exceed four pages in total, and must include two or three figures related to its subject.

For all your queries concerning the symposium our phone number is: +90.539.577 07 33 (Professor Ergün Laflı). The organizers seek to widen participation at this symposium, and would like to encourage colleagues from all parts of the world to attend. The symposium committee kindly requests that you alert any persons within your research community who would be interested in participating at this symposium, either by forwarding our e-mail, or by printing this circular and displaying it in your institution.

We hope that you will be able to join us at the Dokuz Eylül University, and look forward to seeing you in İzmir! İzmir’e hoşgeldiniz!

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