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.
Perché l’Archeologia?The history of Ex Novo dates back to the mid- 2000, when the publishing project was first drafted by a very younger version of some of today’s editors. Though at an embryonic stage, Ex Novo was already conceived as a public platform for discussing the relationship between archaeological heritage and contemporary society and the role of archaeologists as mediators. At that time, we decided to challenge several Italian scholars to address such topics. Giovanni Azzena, Barbara Barich, Gian Pietro Brogiolo, Renato Peroni and Mario Torelli took on the challenge presenting Ex Novo with five inspiring contributions that foster the active involvement of all heritage professionals into the debate. These contributions have been waiting for a decade to be published and the birth of the completely renewed Ex Novo Journal of Archaeology seemed the perfect occasion to put them on display. Together with Ex Novo issue nr. 1 ‘The Impact of the Fall of Communism of European Heritage’, our readers will also have access to the special issue titled ‘Perchè l’archeologia?‘ (Archaeology, why?), where we have gathered the words and thoughts of our pioneer contributors.
The Impact of the Fall of Communism on European Heritage
edited by M. Gori and V. Higgins (forthcoming)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 (the American University of Rome) and Maja Gori.
Here the authors who have contributed to the opening issue of Ex Novo:
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.
The volume is currently in completion and will be released in October 2016.
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