Appel à contribution – The (Un)Needed Sciences: Perspectives of Discussion Among Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and History

La scienzia in(utile). Prospettive di riflessione e confronto tra archeologia, antropologia culturale e storia. Workshop organizzato nell’ambito del corso di Dottorato in Scienze Storiche e Archeologiche. Memoria, Civiltà e Patrimonio. Scadenza per la presentazione dei papers: 25 luglio 2021.

‘In the framework of the multidisciplinary PhD Program in History and Archaeology. Studies on Heritage, Memory and Cultures (Department of History and Cultures – DISCI, University of Bologna), the 35th cycle PhD students are organising a workshop with the aim to connect researchers embracing a variety of methodological approaches. We would like to address the problems pertaining the importance of social sciences and humanities and their role in the ongoing global situation.

How could historical, archaeological and anthropological researches be useful? Which social, ethical, relational function might social sciences and humanities fulfill? Which are the possible perspectives of the critical study of our past, while living in a future-oriented society? How could social sciences and humanities contribute to the discussion and understanding of contemporary issues?

The aim of the workshop is to discuss, in an informal and thought-provoking way, the role played by archaeological, historical and anthropological research and its ways of inter-acting or communicating with the society. Young researchers, PhD students, Post- Doctoral fellows and independent scholars are invited to submit their proposals focusing on their personal experience. The research areas should be (but are not restricted to) Archaeology, Ancient, Medieval and Modern History, Cultural Anthropology.’


General topics might be related to:
• Utility and social value of the research activities;
• Resilience and crisis adaptation;
• Gender balance: beyond the gender equality idea;
• Cultural heritage and museums: what challenges to be addressed?
• Public History, public archaeology and digital humanities.

The workshop will be held via Teams (hosted by the University of Bologna) on 5th – 6th October 2021. Participation is free and open to everyone.


The university asks all those interested in participating to submit their proposals for papers suitable for 15 minutes presentations. Please send abstracts to disci.scienzainutile- phdworkshop@unibo.it. The deadline will be 25th July 2021 and notification of acceptance will be sent by 5th September 2021.


Proposals must contain:
– Name of the applicant
– Institution (if present)
– A brief CV
– A proposed title for the paper
– Abstract (max 250 words)


We accept papers in Italian, English and Spanish.


Papers will be organised in panels, according to common topics or areas of interest. At the end of the workshop, a round table will allow the general discussion and the results will be finalised in a report and through a mindmap, which will contribute in the public debate concerning the topics of the workshop.


For further information please contact us by sending an email to: disci.scienzainutile- phdworkshop@unibo.it

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