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. Schlaman, 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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Call for Cover Art Submission - Be Our n. 5!!

We are looking for talented artists to design our volume 5 cover image (Dec. 2020) Ex Novo is a fully open access, peer reviewed, scientific journal mainly focusing on social archaeology. Issues are published yearly by the Ex Novo Association in collaboration with Archaeopress Publishers of Academic Archaeology. Established in 2016, Ex Novo has already
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Much "ambaradan" about slave-drivers' monuments

by Alessandro Pintucci 12 June 2020 Tutto l’ambaradan intorno alla rimozione dei monumenti agli schiavisti: critica (un po’) ragionata* [For English see below] Scrivo questo pezzo di getto, nei giorni delle proteste in America e poi in tutto il mondo, per la morte di George Perry Floyd, un uomo afroamericano che a Minneapolis è morto
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Arte, Archeologia, Uomo E Natura

Matteo Cantisani intervista Fabio Fogliazza Fabio Fogliazza è il tecnico per la preparazione di fossili presso la sezione di Paleontologia del Museo di Storia Naturale di Milano, nonché illustratore scientifico ed artista di fama internazionale. Una delle sue opere più famose è la scultura “L’Uomo di Neanderthal”, oggi esposta in via permanente al Museo de
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The Culture and Nature Assets. Current Crossovers and Agenda For The Future

Arkadiusz Marciniak The paper intends to provide an overview of major crossovers between cultural and natural heritage appearing and executing in political, administrative, economic, societal and academic domains. It discusses complicated processes that have led to overcoming a separation between these two largely distinct domains, which is strikingly embedded in western philosophy. The relevance of
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Connecting Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices

Marjo J. Schlaman Integrated approaches in landscape management are often seen as the way forward to provide solutions for complex heritage problems that are related to policy, climate change, tourism, environmental planning and involving the public. This has led to a range of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary projects aiming to add value to disciplinary approaches and
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Towards A Joint Natural And Cultural Heritage Management

Heleen van Londen Arguments for a joint natural and cultural heritage management practice follow a welltrodden path by now – we know what has to be done -, but not so much how to do it. The purpose of this article is to look at practical modes of interaction. What has been suggested so far?
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Participatory Practices In Natural And Cultural Heritage

Andrea A. Travaglia Heritage planning in Europe, through the Valletta and Florence Conventions, constitutes a framework for cooperation whereby the public is encouraged to take an active part – an ongoing cultural practice that includes society. Within this paper, I focus on participatory practice as a reflective process of problem-solving in heritage via individuals working
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Heritage. Public and Expert Discourse In The Process of Heritigization

Kornelia Kajda The debate about “Who owns the past?” has been and still is the subject heated discussion in heritage studies. Deciding what should be protected and what needs special social and governmental attention triggers many questions which are often met with equivocal answers. This article concentrates on a phenomenon framed as heritagization in relevant
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Landscape Of Visions: The Ekolsund Manorial Estate, Sweden

Åsa Ahrland Parks and gardens are characterized by constant change and the need to be continuously managed and recreated. Over time, layers of history are built up, reflecting artistic and human ideals, socio-economic factors, technology and practices from different periods. Designed landscapes are archives and often have significant levels of biodiversity. One example is the
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Connecting the Dots: Integrating Cultural and Natural Resource Management In The US

Michael Heilen & Jeffrey H. Altschul Landholding agencies in the United States are under increasing pressure to integrate cultural and natural resource management approaches at a landscape level and to do so earlier and more comprehensively in planning processes. How to integrate management practices is poorly understood, however. An impediment to integration is that the
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