International Workshop Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Human and Mollusks Interactions from Prehistory to Present

Du 31 janvier au 02 février

Ariadna Burgos
UMR 7206 Eco - anthropology and Ethno - biology; and Jeff Kinch, National Fisheries College (Papua New Guinea)

Main disciplines concerned: anthropology, ethnobiology, archaeology, ecology and malacology
Place: Musée de l’Homme and Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Date: 31 Jan 2018 to 2 Feb 2018
Duration: three days (two days of public conference and one day reserved to speakers discussion)

General presentation of the workshop

The aim of this workshop is twofold:
1) to bring together selected international scientists from different fields – anthropology, archaeology, ecology, nutrition, etc. – to discuss multiples approaches to the study of human and mollusks interactions; and
2) to consolidate an international working group interested in binding efforts to foster interdisciplinary research on mollusks and shells.

The workshop will present various research activities to understand:
1) The evolution of mollusks as food and utilitarian and cultural items;
2) The structural variability and interpretation of shell middens;
3) Current use, extraction technologies and production systems;
4) The ethnomalacological and local ecological knowledge on mollusks ;
5) The potential use of mollusks as indicators of coastal change; and
6) The vulnerability of malacological resources to environmental change and globalization.

More informations : workshophuman-mollusksinteractions.pdf