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Invisible Cultures, Historical and Archaeological Perspctives

Invisible” are those cultural and social groups whose outlines are difficult to identify.

Sometimes, material remains compensate the absence of historiographical records or literary sources concerning these groups; sometimes, on the contrary, communities or individuals mentioned in literary sources apparently has not left any material sign of their presence.

Besides, there are groups or individuals whose existence must be assumed in every historical period, even though they are invisible both for historiography and archaeology.

Before trying to understand lifestyle and historical agency of these “cultures”, it is necessary to point out the reason why the memory of some marginalized individuals or socio-cultural units disappeared or was obliterated in material culture and/or in literary sources.

A series of selected papers, dealing with various disciplinary areas, will lead through the analysis of different cases-study to the identification of new theoretical and methodological perspectives, in order to overcome the obstacle of poor documentation.

These new perspectives will enable to return voice and presence to these historical “invisibles”.

Department of Humanities - University of Trento
via Tommaso Gar, 14 - Trento, Italy

Viola Gheller, Francesco Carrer


Tuesday 19th March 
Room 118

13:30-14:00 Reception

14:00 Opening Speeches: Fulvio Ferrari (Director of the Department of Humanities), Elvira Migliario (Director of the Doctoral School in Humanities) 

Opening Remarks: Francesco Carrer and Viola Gheller (organizers of the conference) 

Chair: Viola Gheller (Università di Trento)

14:30  Shane Brennan (Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey): The noble Kardouchoi and the barbarous Mossynoikoi

15:00  Davide Astori (Università di Parma, Italy): What has become of Damas? The invisible immigrants of the First Empire between exclusion and assimilation

15:30 Yoshimi Tanabe (Centre de Recherche Interuniversitaire L'EXPERICE, Université Paris Nord/13, France - Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University, Japan): Memory of postcolonial immigration in contemporary France: A Site of resistance

16:00 Discussion on Session 1 

16:30 Break

Session 2 - GENDER
Chair: Lucia Tralli (Università di Bologna)

17:00  Anna Everett Beek (University of Minnesota, USA): Gender Amender: Sex-Changing and Transgender Identities in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

17:30  Irene Somà (Università di Bologna, Italy): (Un)veiling Politics: Women’s Political Writings in the Julio-Claudian Age

18:00  Davide Tramarin (Università di Padova, Italy): With Pen or Brush: Women's Traces in Fifteenth Century Italy

18:30 Discussion on Session 2

Wednesday 20th March
Room 006

Chair: Sebastiano C. Loukas (Associazione Rodopis)

9:00  Martina Hijertman, Per Cornell (Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden): Urban marginality: discourse, interation and materiality

9:30  Max Eager (University of Oxford, UK): Food-riots at Rome

10:00  Lara Tonizzo Feligioni (Sapienza - Università di Roma, Italy): Archaeological indicators for Medieval prisons

10:30 Discussion on Session 3 

11:00 Break 

11:30 Poster Session
Chair: Francesco Carrer (Università di Trento) 

12:30 Discussion on Poster Session 

13:00 Lunch 

Chair: Francesco Carrer (Università di Trento)

14:30  Attilio Stella (Università di Trento, Italy): Transhumant pastoralism and demographic development in the Italian pre-Alps: Verona and the low Lessinia in the 14th century

15:00  Antonio Malpica Cuello, Sonia Villar Manas, Guillermo Garcìa-Contreras Ruiz, Luis Martìnez Vàzquez (Universidad de Granada, Spain):  In search of the shepherds. Archaeological and historical perspectives for the  study of salt and animal husbandry in Granada

15:30 Discussion on Session 4 

16:00 Break 

16:30 Closing Speech 


Fabrizio Filioli Uranio (Università di Pisa, Italy): Society in Erto and Casso: oral history and new investigation methods

Silvia Lischi (independent researcher): Traces of an Indian community in the city of Sumhuram: investigations on material culture

Florence Liard (Université Catholique de Louvain - Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, France): People and things. Ceramic petrography as a means for exploring the hidden workings of local communities in Postpalatial Crete

Aaron Beek (University of Minnesota, USA): Where have all the pirates gone?

Luca Pisoni (independent researcher): African-European Archaeology: material resistance, graffiti and Rastafari Ideology of the Rosarno African Workers (Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Some cultural and social groups have left no historical or archaeological trace of their existence: therefore they seem to be “invisible”. In this conference young researchers from all over the World will investigate the reasons of this “invisibility” and will propose novel perspective to tackle it.