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In Catania convention “Frontier and border. Cultures involved in historic Sicily”

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JANUARY 19-21 Monastery of the Benedictines, Auditorium “De Carlo”-Marianopoli (CL), Regional Archaeological Museum

From 19 to 21 January 2023 in Catania and Marianopoli (CL), the Convention “Frontier and border. Cultures involved in historic Sicily “, promoted by the Division of Humanities of the College of Catania, directed by Marina Paino, by the Faculty of Specialization of the identical College, by the Division of Humanities of the College of Naples Federico II, by the Municipality of Marianopoli and by the Ignazio Buttitta Basis with the participation of Amenanos Archaeological Teams of Italy, Archeoclub of Italy and BC Sicilia of Mussomeli.

An extended debate, nonetheless open, gives diversified readings to outline a frontier or a boundary; phrases generally understood in a strictly geographical key, to outline the bodily limits of territories or settlements and, generally, as areas of affect, contact, integration between completely different communities.

At present we arrive on the paradox of constructing partitions to guard an illusory geographical border and stop the inflow of migrants from different lands and different borders, with out contemplating that the historical past of humanity is a historical past of migrations.

The target of the scientific assembly is to replicate on a theme which, extensively addressed on the finish of the 90s in one of many Taranto conferences (XXXVII), has seen, within the final twenty years, occasional interventions which have centered the main focus fairly on the theme of syncretism and the assembly of cultures.

It’s the cultural frontier which, crossing boundaries and geographical limits, represents a privileged observatory for understanding social dynamics, integration processes, the transmission of ideologies and cultural fashions.

From the funerary to the spiritual sphere, from structure to pottery or plastic artwork if not linguistics, there are numerous archaeological indicators that enable us to research the phenomenon of the cultural frontier and the mechanisms which are grafted into the encounter between completely different communities dwelling on one similar territory.

A gradual means of integration and syncretism results in the formation of a brand new cultural actuality the place ideologies, existence, iconographic schemes and typological fashions are reworked and re-functionalized, giving rise to new types of expression and communication.

The contribution of demo-ethno-anthropological research turns into, on this context, notably helpful for integrating the evaluation of the dynamics of transmission of rituals, symbolisms, ergological practices, linguistic expressions in geographical areas very removed from these during which they’d developed and in occasions between them even very distant.

The assembly goals to deepen and replace these themes in an space, similar to that of historic Sicily, which has seen the assembly and integration of peoples and cultures from different areas of the Mediterranean, taking into consideration that the occasions investing Sicily match right into a unitary and contiguous body with what occurs in Southern Italy.

Two classes of the Convention will likely be held within the “De Carlo” Auditorium, on the former Benedictine Monastery (19 January afternoon and 20 January morning) and two in Marianopoli the place an vital archaeological museum is positioned which narrates, by means of its wealthy archaeological and historic documentation , what are, in materials tradition, the outcomes of a settlement that may emblematically signify a “frontier middle” (January 20 afternoon and January 21 morning).

The scientific care of the Convention is by Rosalba Panvini (College of Catania/DISUM), Bianca Ferrara (College of Naples Federico II), Ignazio E. Buttitta (President of the Buttitta Basis).

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