AWRANA 2022, 5-8 April, Barcelona: Tracing Social Dynamics – Call for Proposals postponed to 30th November 2021!

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Dear colleagues,

We want to update you on the latest news regarding the organisation of the AWRANA 2022 conference.

First of all, thank you everyone for answering the poll. Considering the results (more than 80% of you voted for the in-person format) and the current sanitary situation, we decided to carry out the congress in an hybrid format, in-person and streaming for those unable to travel to Barcelona. If you already know you won’t be able to attend in-person, please specify it while submitting your proposal.

We would also like to inform you that the deadline for the abstract submission has been postponed to the 30th November 2021. Please be aware that one person can be the main author only of one paper and one poster (but can however be a co-author of other papers).

All the best,

The AWRANA organising committeee


Ware happy to announce that the 3rd Conference of the Association of Archaeological Wear and Residue Analysts (AWRANA), corresponding to the 14th International meeting focused on traceology, will be held in Barcelona between the 5th and the 8th of April 2022! 

Originally scheduled for spring 2021, this conference had to be postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. This decision was made taking into account the importance of having an in-person meeting, not only to foster scientifically fruitful interactions, but also to provide a spontaneous, warm and friendly atmosphere after two years of restrictions and limited social events. We strongly believe that Barcelona will offer the utmost conditions for a completely safe and high-yielding event.

After the great success of the meetings held in Faro, Leiden and Nice, the motto of the Barcelona conference will be Tracing Social Dynamics. The challenge of this edition goes beyond proving the importance of traceology within the spectrum of interdisciplinary archaeological approaches for the study of material culture. By tracing the relationships and interactions between artefacts, people and societies,the AWRANA 2022 conference aims to support the critical role of traceology in reconstructing past techno-economic, cultural, and social systems, as well as their entanglements. Therefore, we encourage the submission of proposals that, through the application of the traceological method, focus on the structures underlying the use of artefacts, animals and of the human body.

We are particularly keen on receiving proposals dealing with non-utilitarian items and objects such as body ornaments and figurines, and rock art as the traceological applications on these categories have not received sufficient consideration yet. Additionally, and for the first time, colleagues working on dental microwear analysis are warmly invited to take part in the conference, as the sharing of experiences between specialists working on artefacts and teeth will surely energize both fields of research.

Papers concerning the analysis of all kinds of archaeological findings, experimental and/or ethnographic artefacts are welcomed as long as they integrate one of the topics listed below:

  • Timing technical and functional processes. Traceology and residue analyses, more than many other analytical techniques, have the capacity to investigate the history or the biography of tools and the changes in their function in a diachronic perspective.
  • Activities in space. Traceology and residue analysis as a proxy for reconstructing spatial organization, mobility and social territories.
  • Addressing past tool-kits to reconstruct social dynamics. Approaching activities and their social interpretation by studying the variability of tools, materials, techniques and know-how. 
  • Tracing symbols: Exploring technology and functionality to grasp the significance and social value of symbolic objects.
  • Teeth in focus: microwear and residue analysis to trace diet and technical activities. 
  • New issues, big methodological challenges. A showcase for technical and methodological advances, including the application of new quantitative techniques, and the integration of traces and residues.

Submitted proposals can be in either of the following formats:

  • Oral presentations – 15 minutes
  • Pecha Kucha – 20 slides / 20 seconds per slide
  • Posters.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should include 5 keywords. Proposals should be sent to the following email address: [email protected]

Please use the Submission Form available on the website.

The conference will be held at the Centre Cultural and Memorial el Born in Barcelona.

Please follow this link to view a downloadable version of the call for papers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Organizing Committee

Hala Alarashi (CSIC-IMF, Barcelona); Sara Díaz-Bonilla (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona); Ignacio Clemente (CSIC-IMF, Barcelona); Juan Francisco Gibaja (Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma-CSIC); Hugo H. Hernández (University of the Basque Country); Yamandu Hilbert (CNRS UMR 5133 Archéorient, Lyon/Tübingen University); Juan José Ibáñez (CSIC-IMF, Barcelona); Sergio Jiménez-Manchón (CSIC-IMF, Barcelona); Laura M. Martínez (Universitat de Barcelona); Alba Masclans (CSIC-IMF, Barcelona); Niccolò Mazzucco (Pisa University); Bogdana Milić (Koç University, Istanbul); Fiona Pichon (CSIC-IMF, Barcelona/CNRS UMR 5133 Archéorient, Lyon); Marta Portillo (CSIC-IMF); Davide Visentin (CSIC-IMF, Barcelona); Hermine Xauflair (CSIC-IMF, Barcelona); Ignacio de la Torre (Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales CCHS-CSIC); Andrea Zupancich (Sapienza University, Roma/CSIC-IMF, Barcelona).

The Scientific Committee

Benjamin Chan (University of Southampton, UK); Emanuela Cristiani (Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy); David Cuenca (Universidad de Cantabria, Spain); Laure Dubreuil (Trent University, Canada); Almudena Estalrrich (Universidad de Cantabria, Spain); Ferrán Estebaranz (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain); Colas Guéret (CNRS – UMR 7041 ArScan, France); Caroline Hamon (CNRS – UMR 8215 Trajectoires, France); Elspeth Hayes (University of Wollongong, Australia); Consuelo Huidobro (Alberto Hurtado University, Chile); Ksenia Stepanova (Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia); Geeske Langejans (TU Delft, Netherlands); Aimee Little (University of York, UK); Danielle Macdonald (The University of Tulsa, USA); Belén Márquez (Museo Arqueológico Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid, Spain); Joao Marreiros (Laboratory for Traceology and Controlled Experiments, Monrepos, Germany); Florent Rivals (Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES), Spain); Veerle Rots (Université de Liège, Belgium); Katsuhiro Sano (Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan); Noora Taipale (Université de Liège, Belgium); Julien Vieugué (Centre de Recherche Français à Jérusalem).