Ex Novo is a fully peer reviewed open access international journal that promotes interdisciplinary research focusing on the multiple relations between archaeology and society. It engages with contemporary perspectives on antiquity linking past and present, and encourages archaeology’s engagement with theoretical developments from other related disciplines such as history, anthropology, political sciences, philosophy, social sciences and colonial studies. Ex Novo encompasses prehistory to modern period, and by exploring interconnections between archaeological practice and the importance of the past in current society it encourages an exploration of current theoretical, political and heritage issues connected to the discipline.
Areas and topics of interest include: politics and archaeology, public archaeology, the legacies of colonialism and nationalism within the discipline, the articulation between local and global archaeological traditions, the discipline’s involvement in memory and identity, museum studies and restitution issues.
Ex Novo was firstly established in 2005, shortly after the foundation of the Confederazione Italiana Archeologi (Confederation of Italian Archaeologists), and was conceived as an open access space to foster dialogue among archaeologists focusing on archaeological professions as a whole, from public archaeology to professorship. The pilot (issue 0) collected papers by Giovanni Azzena, Barbara Barich, Gian Pietro Brogiolo, Renato Peroni and Mario Torelli debating on archaeology’s condition and future in Italy. The idea that underlies this new editorial project is to resume on a scientific ground the dialogue between public and private spheres in archaeology. At the same time, Ex Novo encourages dialogue between disciplines concerned with the past and its relevance, uses and interpretations in the present.The first issue discusses “The Impact of the Fall of Communism on European Heritage” and 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 (the American University of Rome) and Maja Gori (University of Heidelberg). The peer reviewing process of issue n. 01 is now on going and we can anticipate that it will be published in Spring 2016.Dana Phelps (Stanford University)Heritage for Development, Multiethnic Communities, and the Case of Butrint National Park on the Albanian-Greek Border.Francesco Iacono (University of Cambridge) and Klejd L. Këlliçi (University of Tirana)Exploring the public perception of Communist Heritage in Post-communist Albania.Valerie Higgins (The American University of Rome)Are We Still Illyrians?Elisa Cella (Sapienza University of Rome/ Etruscan Roman Museum of Trevignano), Maja Gori (University of Heidelberg), Alessandro Pintucci (Sapienza - University of Rome)Archaeology in the Adriatic. From the Dawn to the Sunset of Communist Ideologies.Elisa Cella (Sapienza University of Rome/ Etruscan Roman Museum of Trevignano), Maja Gori (University of Heidelberg), Alessandro Pintucci (Sapienza - University of Rome)The trowel and the sickle. Italian archaeology and its Marxist legacy.Giulia Vollono (University of Sheffield)Exploring approaches to Italian Early Medieval Archaeology in post communist Europe.
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