Durham Conference 2016


(AKA ‘A Tale of Trypillia Cities’; ‘Prehistoric Poleis’; ‘Wrong Time, Wrong Place’)

DURHAM UNIVERSITY, Friday 15th–Sunday 17th April 2016

The British conference of the AHRC-sponsored Early urbanism in Europe?: the case of the Trypillia mega-sites, Ukraine Project.

Conference abstract

There has been a loss of nerve in studies of early urbanism, with an inability to define the term leading to an analytical paralysis which has stopped archaeologists from making a strong contribution to global narratives of cultural change. Can we change this state of affairs? How can we best transcend Gordon Childe’s criteria for urban sites which still, often implicitly, dominate the urbanism agenda? Will low-density urbanism, as proposed by Roland Fletcher, make a distinctive contribution? And what is the status of the very large, if rather undifferentiated, Trypillia mega-sites of Ukraine – the largest sites in 4th millennium BC Europe, if not the world?

This conference aims to bring together some of the key thinkers in recent urbanism studies to define a new agenda for urbanism and to assess the contribution of the Trypillia mega-sites to this emergent debate. The residential conference will take place in St. Chad’s College, in the City Centre and 2 minutes’ walk from the World Heritage site of Durham Cathedral.

Final programme

Attending the conference?

If you wish to attend the conference, whether you are a speaker or not, you will need to register by filling in the booking form and returning it to Dr. Bisserka Gaydarska (urbanism.eurasia@durham.ac.uk). A reduced fee will apply if you book before 31st December 2015.

Want to find out more about the Trypillia research project?

You are one click away from the Project web-site, where you can find information about the archaeology of the Trypillia world; the research aims and objectives of the Project, the annual reports on the Project’s four field seasons (2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and some further reading about Trypillia and the Project.