LATEST NEWS ON WIC2009:
Normal registration will start at the venue, the Natural History Museum, from Monday 16th of February, 10:00 onwards.
We have also added instructions on how to offer or seek to share a hotel room with another WIC2009 participant, in order to allow you to lower costs of your accomodation. Please look at the Share a Room page for details.
We kindly invite you to attend the upcoming
WORLD OF IRON CONFERENCE 2009 (WIC)
Which will take place at the Natural History Museum, in London, United Kingdom from 16-20 February 2009.
The 'World of Iron' conference sets out to explore and celebrate the anthropological significance of the inception, adoption, expansion, and impact of prehistoric iron production outside Europe. Interlacing regional and themed sessions, it will relate archaeological and archaeometallurgical studies to wider anthropological issues such as technological style; technological variation, change and development; technical and social adaptation; and the evolving influences of iron on society and the physical environment.
This five day event is the first attempt to synthesise the latest research being conducted on iron and steel around the world, and to stimulate future research of the highest level. It creates a globally comparative perspective, integrating insights gained from established and emerging analytical techniques, Anthropology of Technology, and environmental history, highlighting nuances often obscured by Eurocentric perspectives. By bringing together established scholars and young researchers from four key regions, namely Africa, East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, and Western and Central Asia, it will stimulate an international exchange of ideas and experiences.
SessionsThe Regional Sessions bring together scholars and research from four key regions around the world and discuss the latest anthropological, archaeological and metallurgical research in the context of region-specific and wider anthropological themes and considerations:
- Africa (Chair: Bertram Mapunda)
- East Asia (Chair: Han Rubin)
- Indian Subcontinent (Chair: Sharada Srinivasan)
- Western and Central Asia (Chair: Ziad al-Saad)
The Themed Sessions incorporate the latest research being carried out in all regions, including Europe, on both theoretical, technological, and environmental topics, to ensure maximum coverage of all major anthropological considerations concerning the study of iron production:
- Invention, Innovation and Inspiration (Chair: Gill Juleff)
- Theoretical Approaches to Technology (Chair: Bryan Pfaffenberger; Co-chair: Pierre Lemonnier)
- Scientific Approaches to Technology (Chair: Vincent Serneels)
- Environmental Considerations (Chair: Don Wagner)
Language of the Symposium
The official language of the Symposium will be English.
Please see the Payment Detail pages for more information.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: October 15th, 2008
Notification of acceptance or rejection: December 1st, 2008
Deadline for registration and payment of reduced registration fee: December 15th, 2008
Xander Veldhuijzen, Jane Humphris, Thilo Rehren
Mail us at WIC2009@ironsmelting.net