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Coming to terms with the future: concepts of “resilience” for the study of premodern societies

5. December 2020 @ 08:00 - 6. December 2020 @ 17:00

A starting assumption of the SPP 2176 is that the premodern societies of the Iranian highlands were flexible and dynamic, forming ever new social and cultural configurations. The thesis is that this flexibility is specific for these highland societies and resulted from the interaction between starkly changing external conditions and deeply anchored cultural mechanisms for coping with crises of various kinds. The workshop is intended as an approach to a key question of SPP 2176, asking how strategies of resiliency developed in different “highlandscapes” of Iran in terms of economic, linguistic and social patterns and the strength of political-social integration specific to different time periods.


05 December 2020

09:00 (MEZ) Log in
09:15–09:30 Welcome and Introduction
Susan Pollock, Reinhard Bernbeck, Gisela Eberhardt
09:30­–09:45 Palaeoenvironmental Change and Resilience of Dryland Ecosystems

Martin Kehl, Babak Rafiei-Alavi, Hamid Alizadeh-Lahijani

09:45–10:00 Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Resilience in the High Mountains of the Southern Zagros: Potential, Challenges and Limitations

Andrea Ricci, Silvia Balatti, Ahmad Azadi, Elodie Brisset, Morteza Djamali, Majid Naderi

10:00–10:30 Discussion
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
11:00–11:15 Adaptability and Resilience of the Late Pleistocene Hunter-Gatherers in the Zagros Highlands: The Case of Khar Cave

Sonia Shidrang, Fereidoun Biglari

11:15–11:30 Reaching the Breaking Point? Developments in the Late Chalcolithic to Early Bronze Age Varamin Plain
Susan Pollock, Morteza Hessari, Reinhard Bernbeck
11:30–11:45 The Road to Kerman

Wouter Henkelmann, Kai Kaniuth, Kouroush Mohammadkhani

11:45–12:30 Discussion
12:30–14:00 Lunch Break
14:00–14:15 Resilience in Practice. A View from the Kura-Araxes Cultural Tradition of Iran

Sepideh Maziar, Reza Heidari

14:15–14:30 Lists of Cattle and Sheep: State Management of Resources as Resilience Strategy in the Middle Elamite Period (c. 1100 BCE)

Azam Rayat, Walther Sallaberger

14:30–14:45 Imperial Control and Highland Resilience in the Parthian Zagros

Michael Brown, Shelir Amelirad

14:45–14:30 Discussion

06 December 2020

09:30­–09:45 The Bronze and Iron Age of Mazandaran: Resilience and Cultural Adaptability

Hassan Fazeli Nashli, Mojtaba Safari, Yunshi Huang, Zhenhua Deng, Hadi Davoudi


09:45–10:00 Coping With Problems of Mining: Approaching Resilience Strategies Through the Study of Resource-Scapes in the Iranian Highlands

Thomas Stöllner, Abolfazl Aali

10:00–10:30 Discussion
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
Limitations of the environment (I)
11:00–11:15 History of the Neanderthals’ Resilience Based on Fauna Records in the Bawa Yawan Rockshelter; Kermanshah, Zagros Highlands

Saman Heydari-Guran, Martin Kehl, Nehmat Hariri, Samaran Asiabani, Faramaraz Azizi, Elham Ghasidian

11:15–11:30 How Kaleh Kub Was Established and Survived From the Fifth to the Second Millennium BCE in the Middle of a Desert

Hossein Azizi Kharanaghi, Masashi Abe

11:30–11:45 The Environmental Limitations for the Pastoral-Nomadic Way of Life in the Qaradagh Highland of Northwest Iran

Bahram Ajorloo

11:45–12:30 Discussion
12:30–14:00 Lunch Break
14:00–14:15 Dynamics of Development and Resilience in Western Fars: The Bozpar Valley (Bushehr Region, Iran)
Stefan R. Hauser, Giuseppe Labisi, Elnaz Rashidian, Hamid Zarei Khedr
14:15–14:30 Prestigious Building and Urban Development in Ilkhanid Iran: The Case of the Rabʿ-i Rashidi in Tabriz

Birgitt Hoffmann, Lorenz Korn, Jonas Elbers, Thomas Lorain, Maryam Moeini, Hossein Esmaili Atiq,  Bahram Ajorloo

14:30–15:00 Discussion
14:45–14:30 Final Discussion

Kick off: Wouter Henkelmann, Thomas Stöllner, Judith Thomalsky


5. December 2020 @ 08:00
6. December 2020 @ 17:00
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