In the Center Conference
The second annual “In the Center” conference, a collaboration between the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority Central District, was held under the leadership of Dr. Guy Stiebel and Dr. Ido Koch (Tel Aviv University) and Dr. Doron Ben-Ami, Dr. Yotam Tepper, and Dr. Amir Gorzalczany (Israel Antiquities Authority). The theme this year was “Memory in Archaeology and Ancient Text.” In this instance, memory is conceptually understood as created, preserved, and erased by peoples, across various parts of Israel and ancient Near Eastern cultures. The day consisted of four sessions and included participants from a range of levels such as junior and senior scholars, alongside Ph.D. candidates and faculty members. The sessions were geared to move through various “types” of memory, with (1) Shaping of Memory, (2) Collective Memory, (3) Topography of Memory. Students and young scholars were afforded the opportunity to present research pertinent to the theme during a (4) TED-style session.
The first ever Ba’Merkaz Conference was held at Tel Aviv university in cooperation with the Institute of Archaeology, the Department of Archaeology, and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures of the University, along with the Centre District of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The conference was a collaboration, organised by Guy Stiebel (Tel Aviv University) and Doron Ben-Ami (Israel Antiquities Authority). The event is set to establish an annual arena in which each year a single theme will be put in the center, to be examine from varied disciplines, paradigms, and methods. This year focal point was theme of movement, motion and mobility: of people, societies, animals, and plants, as well as that of material remains. Scores of new research and discoveries were presented, as well as cutting-edge technologies in the fields of physical anthropology, archaeozoology, archaeobotany and field archaeology alike. The keynote was a symposium devoted to the life-time scholarly work of Adrian Tanner, Memorial University, Canada led by Ran Barkai. Conferene organisers were delighted at the event’s great attendance, and grateful to those who presented.