Theory and method in the prehistoric archaeology of Central Europe
|Fakulta / Pracoviště MU
|The conference Theory and method in the prehistoric archaeology of Central Europe aims to promote the exchange of ideas on contemporary archaeological theory and method among scholars from diverse academic communities. Since early prehistory Central Europe has presented a type of crossroads, witnessing the movement of people, things and ideas. Even today Central Europe may be pictured as a hub for the flow of ideas. Its strategic position has not lost its significance even in times when imagined communities dwell in virtual space. This region hosts scholars well established in the Western stream of thought alongside those who draw on the ideas developed in the former Eastern bloc. Inbetween, there are several local Central European traditions that have been producing original archaeological knowledge for decades and followed their own individual agendas. Alas, not all stimulating ideas have been pervasive enough to cross the borders in either direction and make a splash noticable from the outside. This conference strives to break the stereotypical image of the East-West division and demonstrate that innovative ideas may and do grow in every archaeological community.