Archaeology of the Modern Era

Lecture Series at the Austrian Embassy Belgrade in cooperation with the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Austria, Serbia, Europe, the Balkans, Asia Minor and the Orient – we have been in contact since pre-historic times and have exchanged cultural techniques. We have been historically connected and have been facing similar challenges until today.

The series of lectures of the Austrian Embassy Belgrade in cooperation with the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and notable scientists and researchers from Austria and Serbia will explore these complex relations.

OREA, the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences has extensively developed its focus on the Balkans. At the site of “Svinjarička Čuka” in Lebane (South Serbia), the first Austrian-Serbian joint archaeological mission in cooperation with the Archaeological Institute Belgrade (Aleksandar Bulatović) and the National Museum Leskovac has been launched.

Since prehistoric times, among the most important challenges have been those related to climate, settlement, demography, migration, infrastructure, trade routes, economy, communities, state, language, religion and identities.

As far as the transfer of knowledge and culture, and the proliferation of techniques and know-how are concerned, much has been achieved over the years until today but much has also failed.

Considering such giant bridging in time and space, what are the lessons to be learned for our co-operation in the context of globalization and with a view to the accession of Serbia, the Western Balkans and South Eastern Europe to the European Union?

The purpose of this series is to raise awareness and provide a better understanding for our interconnectedness, mutual dependence and for the urgency with which we need to seek peaceful and sustainable political, economic and social strategies for Europe and the Balkans.

 

12.9.2019: The Beginning of History – The Balkans as a Pre-Historic Bridge Between Asia Minor and Europe

Prof. Dr. Barbara Horejs (Director of OREA – Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Head of the excavation in “Svinjarička Čuka”, Lebane)

Prof. Sofija Stefanović (Biosense Institute, University of Novi Sad / Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade)

 

9.12.2019: The Role of Europe for the Balkans and vice-versa: Political Narratives Revisited

Prof. Dr. Oliver Jens Schmitt (President of the Division of Humanities and the Social Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences / Department of East European History, University of Vienna)
“State Formation and Political Movements in the Modern History of the Balkans – Which Legacies for Today?”

Prof. Dr. Dubravka Stojanović (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade)
“Political Culture in Serbia and Finding a Common Narrative in History Teaching in South Eastern Europe”

 

3.2.2020: Centralisation, Demographic Changes and the Economy in the Balkans in the Neolithic Age: What Lessons Learned for Today?

Prof. Dr. Nenad Tasić (Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade)
“The Neolithic – the age of pioneering”

Dr. Michael Brandl (OREA – Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
“Did we ever leave the Neolithic village? Lessons from Neolithic raw material economy”