The Eleventh IEMA Visiting Scholar Conference

Homo Migrans: Modelling Mobility and Migration in Human History

April 7-8, 2018
Greiner Hall, Ground Level
North Campus, University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14261

Conference Organizer: Dr. Megan Daniels


Kristian Kristiansen, Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg
o   “Re-theorizing Migration. Towards a New Prehistory”


David Anthony, Anthropology Department, Hartwick College
o   “Migration and Ancient DNA in the Eurasian Steppes: A Review of Population Movements during the Bronze Age”

Hans Barnard, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA
o   “Movement as Trigger for Consciousness”

Aurora E. Camaño, Department of Archaeology and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University
o   “Familiar Grounds: An Anthro-Archaeological Approach to Forced Migration Landscapes and Memory in Armenian Cilicia”

Catherine Cameron, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder
o   “Captives: The Invisible Migrant”

Franco De Angelis, Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia
o   “New Data and Old Narratives: Migrants and Cultural Transfers in the pre-Roman Western Mediterranean”

Omer Gokcumen, Department of Biological Sciences, SUNY-Buffalo
o   “The Multiple Histories of Western Asia: Perspectives from Ancient and Modern Genomes”

Elizabeth S. Greene, Department of Classics, Brock University
o   “Wandering Ports in the Southeast Aegean: A View of Maritime Mobility and Network Dynamics from Burgaz, Turkey”

Thomas K. Harper, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University
o   “The Settlement Record and Evidence for Migrations in Eneolithic Ukraine”

Elena Isayev, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter
o   “The In/visibility of Migration”

Kristina Killgrove, Department of Anthropology, University of West Florida
o   “Methods of Understanding Migration in Imperial Italy: A Synthesis and Prospects for Future Work”

Thomas Leppard, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
o   “Human Mobility over the Very Long-term: Structure, Dynamics, and Biogeographic Constraint”

Claudia Moatti, Department of Classics, University of Southern California
o   “Mobility and Social Differentiation through Epigraphy and Legal Texts”

Anne Porter, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
o   “Theorization of Mobility and the Ancient Near East”

Marc Vander Linden, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
o   “Surfing with the Alien: Simulations, Archaeological Science and the Spread of Early Farming across Europe”

Krishna Veeramah, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University
o   “Using Paleogenomics To Illuminate the European Migration Period”

Assaf Yasur-Landau, Department of Maritime Civilizations, University of Haifa
o   “Tool Kits and Adaptive Strategies of Mobility and Migration in the Eastern Mediterranean”

Ezra Zubrow, Department of Anthropology, SUNY-Buffalo; Oleksandr Diachenko, Institute of Archaeology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; and Jay Leavitt, Premata Funds LLC
o   “A New Model of Migration based on non-Commutative Distance”​

Final Discussion/Perspectives:

Joel Millman, Senior Press Officer and Spokesperson, International Organization for Migration
o   “Anecdotal without Apology, or How a Journalist Uncovered The Secret of New York’s Renaissance: Delivery Boys from Mexico”


The list of speakers is available to download here.