News: Mar 22, 2012
On April 18-19 the conference "Decline vs Collapse" takes place on the Faculty of Arts, Gothenburg university. The topic of this conference is collapse in the Late Bronze Age and the Late Antiquity, but will be interesting for scholars working with other periods as this is a recurring theme in the history and prehistory of the Eastern Mediterranean.
The word means “I fall” in Latin, and hints of something abrupt and unforeseen. In the conference the papers will emphasize the fall of larger systems. How does collapse manifest itself in these periods as an event and a process? Which events characterize a collapse, how do natural and cultural factors interplay and what survives the collapse? Can a comparative approach to collapses help us understand how an epoch ends? A multidisciplinary group of 18 scholars will address these issues at the conference.
We welcome scholars and students from various diciplines to join the discussions.
Organizers: Ingela Wiman, Docent; Sandra Karlsson, Doktorand; Mats Persson, Doktorand; Ole Christian Aslaksen, Doktorand, The Department of Historical Studies.