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Archaeology of Peasantry

International Conference, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 25th-26th October 2018.

Archaeology of Peasantry. From the Late Prehistory to the European Common Agriculture policy
International Conference, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 25th-26th October 2018

The conference Archaeology of Peasantry will be held the Faculty of Arts of the University of the Basque Country in Vitoria-Gasteiz in the framework of the Research Project ‘Peasantry Agency and Sociopolitical Complexity in North-western Iberia in Medieval Ages’ funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

The main aim of the workshop is to analyze the peasantry as a historical subject from a wide variety of thematic, disciplinary and chronological perspectives, in its social, economic and political dimensions.

Although during the 70s and 80s the peasantry had a central role in the social history of preindustrial societies of the Iberian Peninsula, in recent decades, this role has been progressively diluted. On the other hand, paradoxically, the emergence  of an archeology of the peasantry in Spain has emerged as the social history of the peasantry has declined.

The problems which will be studied in this workshop are related, mainly, to the theoretical approaches with which the peasantry and its social and political agency are studied: agrarian production; the territorial articulation of rural landscapes; the processes of transformation of rural settlements, the forms of inequality within peasant communities, or the articulation of local societies as a space for integration between peasant communities and other external agents. In addition, special attention will be paid to the implications and the reasons why it is important to continue studying peasant societies nowadays.

This is the XI Conference on Medieval Archaeology in Northen Iberia organized by the Heritage and Cultural Landscape Research Group of the University of the Basque Country.

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