Our understanding of ancient bronzes has grown significantly in the last decades through several studies and collaborative research projects – including the International Congresses on Ancient Bronzes –, but it is far from complete. We still need to explore questions concerning bronze(s) as resource, on their reconstruction, the motives and subjects represented, and on the function of bronzes in society.
In the ancient world, bronzes – from over-lifesize sculptures to small-scale objects – were an omnipresent and integral part of public and private everyday life. Bronze was also a valuable resource. From a scientific point of view, the last decades saw new methods of analyses to reconstruct the production processes of ancient bronzes. Besides modern analysis, research on ancient bronze sculpture is still relying on theories and methodologies developed in art history to discuss the style and chronology. Irrespective of the nature of the object – may it be sculpture, tool, or weapon – the role and function of the bronzes need to be studied in conjunction with the archaeological context with which the objects were once associated. The conference aims at addressing these four key topics and bringing together experts from different backgrounds in order to develop further the study on ancient bronzes.
Proposals for papers are invited for the general session and posters session. Please send abstracts for papers and posters in English of no more than 300 words by 31.07.2017 to the organizers. Submissions must also include personal details (Name, affiliation and email). Please note that presentations should not exceed 20-25 minutes.
All submissions will go through a peer review process. The final conference program (including accepted panels) will be announced by the end of August 2017.
A conference fee of 100 € will be charged upon registration. Further details (registration process etc.) will be announced on the webpage with the publication of the conference.