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Towards Sustainable Cities: What is the Role of Archaeology?

Date & Time:
March 20, 2018 | 5:00 pm
ICT 122
Dr. Christian Isendahl (University of Gothenburg) 

The dramatically increasing levels of urbanization around the world today generate concern for sustainable cities and communities. In order to better understand and address such issues, scholars and planners are well advised to draw from as wide a range of examples and models as possible. Focusing on the archaeological record of urban farming, in this presentation, Dr. Christian Isendahl (University of Gothenburg) discusses the role of archaeology to generate insights from the past (as difference, as analogy, or as long-term process) that at the very least add depth of reflection to our search for solutions on contemporary urban challenges.

Christian Isendahl (Ph.D., Uppsala University, 2002) is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg. He is interested in issues of long-term sustainability and resilience, and applies a historical ecological lens to study urbanism, farming systems, water management, and socio-political organization in the past, particularly in the Maya Lowlands, the Central Andes, and the Amazon Basin. Christian is the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology (in press). He has a strong interest in exploring, detailing, and discussing how archaeological research can generate knowledge about the past and about long-term processes that provide practical insights for addressing contemporary challenges.