International Conference on the Archaeology of Symbols

Florence (Italy) | 25-27 May 2022



The archaeological process of reconstructing and understanding our past has undergone several reassessments in the last century and latest years, producing an equal amount of new perspectives and approaches. The recent material turn emphasizes the necessity to ground those achievements in order to build fresh avenues of interpretation and reach new boundaries in the study of the human kind and its ecology. If materiality is a key element in the development of the archaeological and anthropological discourse, symbols are the intrinsic value that lead to interpretation, infused in their physical body as well as a result of the minds and gestures that created it in a specific context and with a specific chaîne opératoire. Symbol, therefore, must not be conceived only as allegory but also, and perhaps mainly, as reason (raison d’être) and meaning (culture). For these motivations, symbols must be considered as a paramount aspect in the archaeological investigation, which require their own dedicated space for a collective analysis and discussion, hence the ICAS conference.


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International Conference on the Archaeology of Symbols

Call for Papers

25-27 May 2022
Florence (Italy)

Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
The CAMNES School of Religious Studies


IAN HODDER (Stanford University)
"Symbols as flows of energy"


Ian Hodder (Stanford University)
Francesco D’Andria (University of Salento)
Peter Dubovsky (Pontificium Institutum Biblicum)
Alessandro Naso (University of Naples Federico II)
Pascal Butterlin (University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Aren Maeir (Bar-Ilan University)
Julia Shaw (University College London)
Salima Ikram (American University in Cairo)
James Brown (Northwestern University)
Paolo Matthiae (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Nicola Laneri (CAMNES – University of Catania)
Guido Guarducci (CAMNES)
Stefano Valentini (CAMNES)

The main conference venue is the ex-Church of San Jacopo in Campo Corbolini located in Via Faenza 43, Florence (Italy).
Papers are arranged by continent (America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania) and divided following the main geographical areas within. Each area will be subdivided by period, from prehistory to middle ages.
Papers must be in line with to the main theme of the Conference, focusing on symbolic aspects, archaeological theory and interpretation.
The Scientific and Organizing committee will select abstracts according to these parameters and on the innovation of the proposal.
Posters are not accepted.
- To submit an abstract please fill out the on-line form below
- Abstracts should not be longer than 300 words.
- Abstract submission deadline:  October 11, 2021
- Accepted abstracts will be notified by the end of November 2021
- Abstracts of accepted papers will be published on the website by the end of November 2021

The official language of the Conference is ENGLISH. No translation services will be available.
Presentation should not exceed 30 minutes, including 5-10 minutes for questions and discussion.
Each speaker can only present one paper.
To attend the Conference Registration is mandatory.
Abstract approval is required for Speaker registration.
Papers must be presented at least by one registered author.
Speakers must hold a PhD degree or equivalent.
Registration fees:
  • Speaker: 130€
  • Listener: 90€
  • Companion: 70€
Registration includes:
  •  Conference paper presentation (Speakers only)
  • The option to submit your paper for the proceeding’s evaluation (Speakers only)
  • Badge (Speakers & Listeners only)
  • Conference kit (Speakers & Listeners only)
  • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks
  • Gala dinner buffet
Please note that the all fees do not include any lunch, travel, transportation to the Conference venue, and accommodation.
Publishers may contact the Secretariat (icas@camnes.org) for arranging a stand for the duration of the Conference.
Registration opens on November (along with abstract publication) and closes on March 1st 2022
All Speakers may submit their paper for evaluation after the Conference. If the paper is accepted it will be published in the new MaReA (Material Religion in Antiquity) CAMNES Series edited by Nicola Laneri and published by Oxbow.
For further information please contact the ICAS Secretariat at: icas@camnes.org
  • Abstract submission deadline:  October 11th, 2021
  • Accepted abstracts will be notified by the end of November 2021
  • 2nd Circular including the accepted abstracts will be published on the website by the end of November 2021
  • Registration opens November 2021
  • Registration deadline: March 1st 2022
  • 3rd Circular with the Final Program will be published by April 1st 2022
  • Conference takes place 25th-27th of May 2022

    Conference venue (CAMNES-Lorenzo de' Medici)

    Ex-Church of S. Jacopo - Via Faenza, 43 - Florence (Italy)

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