The 9th Austmarr symposium is devoted to topic of genius loci. The term genius loci literally refers to spirit of a place, rooted in a concept for a type of supernatural being of Roman religion. The concept has been extended metaphorically from a supernatural agent inhabiting a place to a the spirit of a place as an abstract atmosphere that can be conceived in many ways and becomes particularly interesting as a tool for exploring the past. A challenge is that the phenomenon is difficult to pin down and can be conceived in different ways. Nevertheless, studies of it involve wide range of specialists, and interdisciplinary discussion is much needed.
We invite theoretical and methodological discussion based on empirical data from the Baltic Sea Region and cultures inhabiting it. Ideally, research should consider both the development and transformations of the history of sites in question, or the history behind sites of a particular type in a broader survey. Discussions of genius loci may take a broad comparative perspective, consider its perception in local collective experience or in individual engagement with a site. Relevant topics include:
A main aim of the symposium is to promote a better understanding of genius loci through fruitful communication across disciplines that share common interests and concerns for cultures and their contacts and networks in the Baltic Sea region.
Austmarr IX is organized as a two-day event, followed by an excursion.
All researchers (including PhD students) who are interested in presenting their ideas or research results connected to these or similar topics are encouraged submit proposals with a short (up to 250 words) abstract for 20-minute paper presentations (followed by 10 minutes of discussion). Those interested in participating without presenting a paper are also asked to register in advance.
The deadline for paper proposals and workshop registration is May 2. Please send abstracts and personal information for registration to vykintas (dot) vaitkevicius (at) gmail (dot) com.
The venue of the symposium will be the University of Klaipėda, Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology.
Further information can be found on the network website.
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