ExN Blog

 The Blog Factor in Academia


Twitter and blogs, and embarrassingly enthusiastic drunken conversations at parties, are not add-ons to academic research, but a simple reflection of the passion that underpins it.

(Tim Hitchcock)

Hosting a blog on a scientific journal can be a source of controversy among academics. It may sound like a frivolous distraction from the real work, revealing a too favorable attitude toward social media. However, as academics we are constantly asked to make our research more relevant to a wider audience, or in other words, to have an impact on contemporary society. Not surprisingly, the impact factor of a research is crucial when assessing the overall value of a project. And yet, much of the academic discourse is still relegated to small conversations among ourselves, professional seminars and conferences, book reviews and specialist hard copy press, inevitably ruling out the possibility of a broader social dialog. As rightly argued by Tim Hitchcock, professor of Digital History at the University of Sussex, “If there is a ‘crisis’ in the humanities, it lies in how we have our public debates, rather than in their content […] we need to remember that the role of the academic humanist has always been a public one – however mediated through teaching and publication. By building blogging, Twitter, Flickr, and shared libraries in Zotero, into our research programmes – into the way we work anyway – we both get more research done and build a community of engaged readers for the work itself.”

Academically a blogpost may well not be cited on its own right but certainly boosts citations for our work. A post reaches other researchers in our specific discipline, and because it is accessibly written, it travels well, gets re-tweeted and re-liked, reaching thus also academics outside our immediate sub-field and discipline, potentially attracting new and more varied audiences to our research.

Encouraging the dialogue between different disciplines, promoting a more socially and politically engaged archaeology and including a wider the audience into the archaeological debate, feature prominently among the objective pursued by Ex Novo. The decision of hosting a blog on our website goes exactly in this direction. In order to have impact, archaeology needs indeed to be public and being challenged beyond the academy.

To launch the ExN Blog we are glad to host the reflections of Lennart Kruijer (Leiden University) about the complex relationship between post-colonial instances within classical archaeology and the sometimes still-colonial practices embedded in this discipline, especially when it comes to fieldwork.

On Discipline and Place: Mediterranean fieldwork and Classical Archaeology between ‘The Devotee’ and ‘The Inner Colonial’

(by Lennart Kruijer)

In line with our goal of promoting an archaeology more socially and politically engaged, the ExN Blog is happy to share the thought provoking article by Claudio Cavazzuti (Durham University) discussing the future of our discipline in the aftermaths of Brexit and the so-called populist revolt.

Brexit, la “rivolta populista”e il futuro dell’archeologia

(by Claudio Cavazzuti)

Heritage Management. The Natural and Cultural Divide

Ex Novo Vol. 4, December 2019 Edited by H. Van Londen, M. J. Schlamen, A. Travaglia The fourth volume of Ex Novo has the pleasure to host Heleen van Londen, Marjo J. Schlaman, and Andrea Travaglia as guest editors of the special issue titled The Natural and The Cultural. Integrating Approaches in Landscape Heritage Management.
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Human Mobility in Archaeology: Editorial

(by Maja Gori, Martina Revello Lami, Alessandro Pintucci) Editorial: Practices Representations and Meanings of Human Mobility in Archaeology It has been abundantly demonstrated that theories and paradigms in the humanities are influenced by historical, economic and socio-cultural conditions, which have profoundly influenced archaeology’s representation of migration. This was mostly conceived as the study of the
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Human Mobility in Archaeology

Practices, Representations and Meanings Volume 3, 2018 Edited by M. Gori, A. Pintucci & M. Revello Lami It has been abundantly demonstrated that theories and paradigms in the humanities are influenced by historical, economic and socio-cultural conditions, which have profoundly influenced archaeology’s representation of migration. This was mostly conceived as the study of the movement
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Who Owns The Past? (Vol.2, 2017)

Who Owns the Past? Archaeological Heritage between Idealisation and Destruction (edited by M. Gori, M. Revello Lami, A. Pintucci) The second issue of Ex Novo hosts papers exploring the various ways in which the past is remembered, recovered, created and used. In particular, contributions discuss the role of archaeology in present-day conflict areas and its
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The Impact Of The Fall Of Communism On European Heritage (Vol.1, 2016)

(edited by M. Gori and V. Higgins) The first issue is concerned with quite a challenging topic, that is “The Impact of the Fall of Communism on European Heritage”:  it results from a regular session held at the 2014 Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Istanbul. The proceedings are edited by Valerie Higgins
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Myths and Fragments from a Different Time Contemporary art exhibition by Elisa Cella and Hitnes Museo Civico Etrusco Romano di Trevignano Romano (Rome – IT) Sunday 17th July – Sunday 16th October 2016 The Etrusco-Roman Museum is pleased to announce the opening of The sunken Collection. Myths and Fragments from a Different Time, a temporary
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Vacancies - Call for Applications

Journal Editor and Web-Manager Positions Considering the increasing visibility and distribution of Ex Novo Journal of Arhaeology, we are now seeking nominations and applications for one/two new editor positions with the following responsibilities: Actively cooperating to the editorial work (selection of topics, contents and manuscripts; co-coordination of the peer review process; editing and formatting of
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Book Review: ArcheoSocial, eds. A. Falcone & A. D’Eredità

(by Paola di Giuseppantonio Di Franco) ArcheoSocial. L’archeologia riscrive il web: esperienze, strategie e buone pratiche, A cura di Antonia Falcone & Astrid D’Eredità, DiElle Editore 2018 La sintesi di questo volume è sapientemente offerta nel titolo: AcheoSocial è una contrazione di ‘Archeologia Sociale’, un’archeologia che sappia parlare di sé, attraverso gli strumenti della comunicazione
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From war material culture to popular heritage, and beyond

(by Jesús García Sánchez) From War Material Culture to Popular Heritage, and Beyond. The “PSP – Cancelli di Venosa” as Paradigms of Object Biography Theory Using object biography and Behavioral Archaeology as main theoretical frameworks this paper will examine how the pierced steel planks (PSP), also called Marston mat, become cancelli di Venosa (Venosa’s doors)
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Exploring Immigrant Identities (17th Century Amsterdam)

(by Marijn Stolk) Exploring Immigrant Identities: The Link between Portuguese Ceramics and Sephardic Immigrants in 17th Century Amsterdam During urban expansions around 1600 a new neighborhood, Vlooienburg, was created in the rapidly growing city of Amsterdam. This new district was not just inhabited by local people, but also by immigrants coming from different European countries.
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A Road to Fīrūzābād

(by Domiziana Rossi) A Road to Fīrūzābād A serpentine path created by the river Tang-āb through the Zagros Mountains has always been the only access from north to the city of Ardašīr-Xwarrah, located at five kilometers west from the modern Fīrūzābād, in Iran. This inaccessibility prompted the king of Fārs Ardašīr to found his stronghold
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The Jewish Diaspora in the Roman Empire

(by Maria Álvarez-Folgado) The Jewish Diaspora in the Roman Empire. Diaspora, Social Agents and Social Networks: Towards the Creation of a New Analytical Toolkit During the Hellenistic and Roman period, Jewish communities spread over a wide geographical area spanning from Italy to Babylon, and in all the areas under the influence of Rome. Traces of
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Variation in Material Culture (Sicily, 8th BCE)

(by Anna Raudino) Variation in Material Culture: Adoption of Greek Ceramics in an Indigenous Sicilian Site (8th century BCE) The archaeological study of social boundaries through the examination of the material culture reflects the intent to better understand the interaction established between two different cultures. This paper, as part of my PhD study, identifies and
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Greek Migrations along the Ionian Coast

(by Maurizio Crudo) Greek Migrations along the Ionian Coast (Southern Italy) In the previous century, ancient migration was explained on the basis of the occurrence and quantities of imported archaeological artefacts, and with interpretations made in alignment with the ancient written sources. This was so too with the Greek migration into Southern Italy, often referred
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