The winter semester pilot projects

The ReForm team is pleased to have the opportunity to support Mitja Musberg and Tobias Skowronek in their projects this semester. Mitja Musberg will be attending a conference in Innsbruck.

Tobias Skowronek is investigating the origin of steatite, also known as soapstone, in his pilot project. This raw material has been used by many cultures throughout human history and its uses are many and varied. To date, however, there is no generally valid strategy for assigning archaeological objects made of this particular material to a specific steatite deposit. Therefore, new applications with the aim of creating a geochemical fingerprint are of central importance.

‍‍Short updates on the results and findings of both projects will be published on our blog afterwards. If you would like to read about the insights gained by our other ReForum members, please take a look at our blog.

CfA: Summer School MINESCAPES

Jun.-Prof. Dr, Tina Asmussen (Bochum) and Prof. Dr. Pamela H. Smith (New York) are organizing an interdisciplinary summer school for doctoral students on pre-industrial mining in the Harz Mountains from 31.5-10.6.2024, in cooperation with the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel and the Lower Saxony State Office for the Preservation of Monuments, Montanarchäologie Arbeitsstelle. The MINESCAPES Summer School is open to doctoral students from the humanities, social and natural sciences and aims to test and develop new interdisciplinary methods to investigate the complexity and dynamics of human-environment interactions in one of the most productive pre-industrial mining landscapes in Europe.

Application deadline: December 17, 2023.

Upcoming Events

Winter semester 2023

Sustainability I 

The colloquium will take place once a month this semester on the following dates:

  • 24.10., 16 Uhr c.t.: Tobias Skowronek (Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola), Deutsches Bergbau-Museum/Zoom 
  • 09.11,. 16 Uhr c.t.: Constance von Rüden (Ruhr Universität Bochum), Hörsaal im Haus der Archäologien/Zoom
  • 07.12., 16 Uhr c.t.: Timothy LeCain (Montana State University), Hörsaal im Haus der Archäologien/Zoom
  • 30.01., 16 Uhr c.t.: Ute Dieckmann (Universität zu Köln), Deutsches Bergbau-Museum/Zoom
  • 06.02., 16 Uhr c.t.: Shadreck Chirikure (University of Cape Town/University of Oxford), Deutsches Bergbau-Museum/Zoom  

Students and interested parties are cordially invited. Further information can be found HERE.


8. Dezember 2023

Resources and Sustainability? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Practices of Extraction, Reclamation and Appropriation in Past and Present

In addition to Thomas Stöllner and Tina Asmussen, we are pleased to welcome Simone Müller, Frank Uekötter and Tim LeCain as external guests to this workshop.

Further information can be found HERE.