CALL FOR PAPERS

The PEOPLE of the GREAT STONES SYMPOSIUM welcomes contributions from researchers, scholars and technologists working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices.  Submissions will be expected to reference the topic of the materiality of stone and address the traditions of Indigenous cultures from an anthropological perspective.  Typical presentation time for accepted papers is 25 minutes.  At least one author must attend to present and for inclusion in the conference publication.  Our program will include selected individual papers as well as an anticipated satellite program of events.  Sessions will bring together scholars and practitioners representing different cultural perspectives.  Presentations and subsequent publication will be in English. 

 250-300 word abstracts of presentations should be submitted in English, in either Text, Word or PDF formats.   Please include author's background, and any academic or institution affiliation.  Deadline for submission is 31 May 2017, and may be extended with a second call for papers at the discretion of the committee.  
Send to:  ​<< symposium@OTSF.org >>
 

Considering non-industrial cultures from both (either) Old or New World perspectives, we'll be looking for new perspectives on:

ART and ARCHITECTURE
(to include personal adornment and body modification) 
as expressions of emotions and beliefs
BELIEF SYSTEMS
Cosmology, burial and marriage custom, 
rites of passage, rituals & ceremony
SOCIAL STRUCTURE
Class distinctions, task specialization, 
cohesion and motivation, psychology
SUSTAINABILITY
Survival strategies, resource management, 
​defense and contested territory, preservation of history & traditions
USE of NATURAL PHENOMENA
indications for intention -includes Archaeoastronomy and interpretation of cosmological events, special sound behavior


Presentation Scientific Review Committee

  • Michael Buonanno: Anthropologist,  Department of Language and Literature, State College of Florida
  • Fernando Coimbra: Archaeologist, rock art specialist, Centre for Geosciences from the University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Dragos Gheorghiu: Professor of Cultural Anthropology, expert in Late Prehistory and experimental archaeology, Doctoral School, University of Arts in Bucharest, Romania​
  • Jeffery Grieneisen: Department of Language and Literature, State College of Florida
  • Ian Hodder: Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University, Director of Çatalhöyük Research Project and Excavations, Turkey 
  • Katya Stroud: Archaeologist, Senior Curator of Prehistoric Sites, Heritage Malta  
  • Robin Wright: Department of Religion, Affiliate Faculty, Department of Anthropology, Affiliate Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies, Coordinator, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, University of Florida​​

GUEST SPEAKERS FROM EUROPE INCLUDE


Katya Stroud
Archaeologist, Senior Curator of Prehistoric Sites, Heritage Malta ~

"My main area of interest is the way the interpretation of archaeological sites and monuments (namely the Maltese temples) has changed over time depending on the social, political and historical background of the time. I will present a paper showing how interpretations change depending on the realities of the people making the interpretation rather than the societies being studied; a background to how monumental sites (in Europe) have been interpreted in the past and how this needs to change to gain a better understanding of Neolithic societies.  The conference will be aiding such a change."

​​Dragos Gheorghiu
Professor of Cultural Anthropology, expert in Late Prehistory and experimental archaeology, Doctoral School, University of Arts in Bucharest, Romania​ ~


An introduction to Gobekli Tepe: the world’s oldest monument:
Ten thousand years old, this is the extraordinary discovery that turned the world of Archaeology on its head, and redefined the timeline of human development. 
A toposemiotic approach to the iconography of the site will feature an acoustic discourse by Mircea Florian and an IT application by Livia Stefan.

Fernando Coimbra
Archaeologist, rock art specialist, Centre for Geosciences from the University of Coimbra, Portugal ~


Presenting an exercise in Experimental Archaeology: 
Furthering research in Archaeoacoustics, this investigation includes replicas of Neolithic clay drums played in a cave used as a Neolithic burial site and comparatively in the open air near rock art panels of the same chronology.

People of the Great Stone Symposium
​Advance Registration:  US$ 350

cheerfully and promptly refunded in full on receipt of cancellation in writing by 01 JAN 2018



Presented by The OTS Foundation

includes: 
Opening Reception 18 March, all conference presentation sessions
appropriate coffee breaks, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
​Special Equinox Event with chartered transport, 
​badge and preparatory materials

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

​​18 - 22 March 2018

paper presentation sessions: ​19, 21, 22 March, 
​more sessions and special field trip on 20 March (Vernal Equinox)

Presentations
Exhibition
Interpretive Art

 Questions?  Drop us an email   << symposium@OTSF.org  >>

​​​​​​Non-presenting observers are welcome, ​but must be registered in advance.
​An inclusive hotel package with ground transportation ​is in the works.
​More details coming soon.

AN EXCEPTIONAL ​MEGALITHIC EXPERIENCE​




  

WHY MONUMENTS OF STONE?

​Can various Indigenous traditions help us understand what the world's first builders were thinking?


​​​​State College of Florida 
Center for Innovation and Technology​
Lakewood Ranch Campus
Sarasota/Bradenton area ​-  Gulf Coast of Florida