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Postgraduate Cypriot Archaeology (PoCA) 2020 - 13-15 November 2020 - Call for Papers
During PoCA 2019 in Berlin, and following a gap of three years, a resolution was made: it was determined that a steering committee should be established to secure the continuation, succession process and future of PoCA. In addition, it was resolved that a website with all the information on every PoCA meeting (since its beginning) would be hosted by the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus. For further information, please visit PoCA’s newly established website: https://www.ucy.ac.cy/aru/en/poca/about
Following the revival of Postgraduate Cypriot Archaeology (PoCA) meeting in 2019, its 17th meeting will be held from 13-15 November 2020 at the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus in Nicosia.
The long-term aim of PoCA is to provide postgraduate researchers and fresh postdoctoral scholars (i.e within 6 years since the completion of their PhDs) in Cypriot archaeology with a forum in which to present their work, discuss some central themes of their research, meet people who work in the same area and exchange ideas and information in a friendly and collegial environment.
Perceiving the need to cover the entire spectrum of Cyprological studies, PoCA welcomes participants from disciplines other than pure archaeology. In particular, we welcome archaeological, anthropological, art-historical, ethnographic, historical, cultural heritage management and scientific (material investigation and characterisation, computational developments, digitisation processes and spatial analysis) approaches. The meeting is inclusive of all time periods from prehistory to the recent past.
Please send your paper proposal with a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words. Also indicate the name, the address and the institutional affiliation (if existing) of the author(s). Papers should be 20 minutes long. Posters may also be accepted. The official language of the conference is English. Authors are encouraged to submit their papers prior to July 05, 2020. Selected papers will be published in the form of a peer-reviewed collection of studies and not as conference proceedings.
The keynote lecture will be delivered by the Associate Professor in Byzantine Archaeology and Art, Athanasios Vionis, on the evening of November 13th followed by a welcome reception. There is no registration fee. Attendants, however, will need to make their own travel plans and arrange their own accommodation.
During the meeting the organising committee, following voting among the doctoral students and early career researchers, will announce the succession of PoCA. Ideally, candidates (PhD students) for the next organising committee should be there to present their proposal, after securing the support of their Institution.
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Note 1: Final Deadline Extension of Abstract Submission July 05, 2020.
Note 2: In case we are unable to hold the conference at the buildings of the University of Cyprus due to a new pandemic wave, we will be able to do it online.
For the organising committee:
Thea Christoforou, Demetrios Ioannides, Chrystalla Loizou
PoCA Steering Committee:
Giorgos Papantoniou (University of Cyprus/Trinity College Dublin)
Athanasios K. Vionis (University of Cyprus)
Jennifer M. Webb (La Trobe University/University of Cyprus)
Stephan Schmid (Humboldt University, Berlin)
Charalambos Paraskeva (University of Cyprus)
Chrystalla Loizou (University of Cyprus)
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Organizing Committee
Chrystalla Loizou - Organizing Committee Member & PoCA 2020 Representative in the Steering Committee
Chrystalla Loizou completed her undergraduate studies in Archaeology and History of Art at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (2004-2009). Following her graduation, she entered in the Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme in Byzantine Studies at the University of Cyprus (2009-2012). She received her First-Class M.Phil with the thesis “The Medieval Towers of Euboea: Construction- Use of Space- Relationship with the Landscape”. In 2014 she has been undertaking her Ph.D. research with the thesis “Recapturing the Dynamic Rural Landscape of Medieval Cyprus: 12th – 15th c.” at University of Cyprus under the supervision of Associate Professor A. Vionis. She received scholarships from the University of Cyprus and A. G. Leventis Foundation for the conduction of her Ph.D.

She has been working in the framework of Ancient Cities of Boeotia Project (directed by Prof. J.L. Bintliff with assistant director A. Vionis) as an assistant in the study of the post-Roman pottery (2011-2015). Meanwhile, she had been working as a pottery assistant in the Cypriot medieval ceramics collection of the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia under the direction of D. Papanikola-Bakirtzi. She has been collaborating, as a specialist of landscape archaeology and pottery, with ArtLandS Lab in the framework of the research projects SeSaLaC (since 2014). She has been a member of “Heimaros project” in Naxos (Greece) (directed by A.Vionis), of “Parikia Harbour Project” in Paros (directed by Ioanna Kraounaki) and of the project for study of the pottery from rescue excavations of Voroi village in Crete (under the supervision of D. Hadzi-Vallianou) as pottery specialist. Her research interests include the archaeology of Byzantine landscapes and the interaction of Crusaders on the settlement pattern in the conquest areas of Byzantium, Material Culture and Application of new technologies in Byzantine Archaeology, focussing in Greece, Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean. 

Demetrios Ioannides - Organizing Committee Member
Demetrios Ioannides is currently pursuing a PhD in the field of Mediterranean Archaeology at the Department of History and Archeology of the University of Cyprus. He also received his Bachelor Degree in History and Archaeology from the same department. Moreover, he holds an MA in “Artefact Studies” from the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University, the Netherlands. He has been a special scientist/postgraduate associate in the European funded research project “NARNIA” (2014) and the locally funded projects “Enkomi: a site at the forefront of technological innovation in metallurgy and artistic excellence in metalwork” (2017-2018) and “From the metalliferous sources to the citadel complex of Ancient Paphos” (2018-2019). He has also been employed as a visiting researcher on a short-term at the UCL Qatar. In July 2019, Demetrios participated in the project “Synchrotron-based XRF analysis of picrolite from Cyprus: Sourcing and characterisation of Prehistoric artefacts” funded by the Soleil synchrotron facility in Paris.
His scientific research focus primarily on the mineralogical and chemical characterisation of archaeological materials such as metallurgical ceramics, slag, pottery and stone objects, as well as, the application of statistical analyses in data generated by analytical techniques, and the experimental archaeometallurgy. He has received several awards, scholarships and fellowships, including a Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN fellowship (grant agreement 265010, FP7, 2011-2014, acronym NARNIA), a Leventis Foundation Scholarship (2014-2017) and a University of Cyprus PhD Scholarship (2018). He has participated and presented papers in various international and local conferences in the fields of archaeometry and applications of archaeological sciences in materials characterisation. Demetrios Ioannides has also participated in a number of workshops with main subjects the applications of analytical techniques and methods in archaeology. 

Thea Christoforou - Organizing Committee Member
Thea Christoforou received her bachelor’s degree in History and Archaeology-Archaeology, from the University of Cyprus in 2012. During her undergraduate studies, she completed a semester at the Universita degli Studi di Roma Tre, as an Erasmus Student. She has also received a Master’s degree in Rome and its Provinces from the University of Southampton, UK (2012-2013). Her Master’s dissertation had the title “The Sacred Identity of Roman Paphos”. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the program of Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Cyprus. Her Ph.D. thesis focuses on Landscape Archaeology and is entitled “Reconstructing the archaeological data of Mathiatis area: approaching the landscape of the Northeastern foothills of Troodos from Prehistory to Late Antiquity”. For the conduction of her Ph.D., she has received scholarship from the University of Cyprus. Between October and December 2018, she received an Erasmus+ Grant for students’ mobility and trainship at the Laboratory of Geophysical-Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment (FORTH) of the Institute of Mediterranean Studies (Rethymno, Crete).

Moreover, she has participated in several excavations around Cyprus conducted by the Department of Antiquities (Ancient Idalion) as well as by the University of Cyprus (Kato Paphos-House of Orpheus, Kouklia-Palaepaphos, Kofinou-SeSaLaC) and other foreign missions (Ancient Idalion, Kataliontas-Kourvellos, Kissonerga-Mylouthkia). She has also participated at the archaeological project of Bay of Kiladha (Argolis, Greece) for submerged prehistoric landscapes run by the University of Geneva.

Since 2017, she has been actively involved in a local initiative at the area of Mathiatis (Nicosia, Cyprus), aiming to protect South Mathiatis Mine-Strongylos, a Candidate UNESCO Monument in the category of Natural and Cultural Landscape, after a mining company applied for the re-exploitation of its mineral deposits. Part of the actions was the participation in discussions at the Parliament of Cyprus about the antiquities preserved at the mine of Strongylos, and in different events related to the preservation of natural and cultural landscape of Cyprus (European Heritage Days 2017, Mining Photography Exhibition 2020 etc.). She has also been a member of the Council of the Association of Cypriot Archaeologists since 2018. Her research interests include Cypriot Archaeology, Bronze and Iron Age Cyprus Landscape Archaeology, and Ancient metallurgy in Cyprus.
Important Information
    Welcome to the 17th edition of PoCA!! Below you will find some important information regarding this year's meeting.
When: 13-15 November 2020
Where: Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus
How: PoCA 2020 will be held virtually due to the CoVID-19 outbreak via Zoom. Registration is required to access to the Zoom meeting: https://ucy.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItdOuqqjkvE9dWki516vH_r7aaha1rHwA5
During the meeting remember:
- Keep your PC charged.
- Connect to the internet through ethernet cable, if applicable.
- Mute your camera and microphone when joining the zoom meeting. Turn them on only while speaking.
- Type your questions in the chat thread or ask a question out loud by using Zoom’s ‘raise hand’ feature.
- The length of the presentations is 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.
- Standard format of presentation is PowerPoint.
- Please send us your presentation either prior to the meeting, or, at the latest, prior to the morning session of the day in which you present.
Succession process of PoCA:
- Submission deadline of candidacy: before the beginning of the conference, that is, 12pm, Friday 13th November 2020.
- The candidate institution will need to fulfil all the basic requirements:
+ To be hosted in an internationally recognised state.
+ The meeting is to be organised by doctoral candidates for postgraduates and early career researchers.
+ No members of the academic staff should be involved in this, or at least, should not appear as members of the organising committee.
- A brief presentation (no longer than 5 minutes) of all candidacies will follow after the last session of the meeting on Sunday the 15th 2020.
- All speakers and participants will vote online for the next destination of PoCA.
Conference bags and notepads will be sent to all the speakers/participants: Please provide us with a full postal address.
Conference Program
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Conference Abstracts
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The conference Editorial Committee wishes to thank all the conference participants for a successful outcome and invite participants to submit their manuscripts for an edited collection of papers originally presented at the conference. We intend to publish the collection with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Although we plan to leave sufficient time for contributors to prepare their papers properly, it is our goal to publish the collection as soon as possible. All papers will be peer-reviewed.
Therefore, we ask you to follow the several guidelines outlined below:
1) The submitted papers must be in English.
2) Your paper submission must not be longer than 6000 words, NOT including the footnotes, catalogues, bibliography and figure captions which are counted separately.
3) Each paper contribution can be accompanied by maximum 15 images, preferably black and white.
4) The formatting of text and images must follow the style guidelines provided below this text.
5) All submissions must be done electronically to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address. We kindly request you to send the images as attachments but ALSO included in the text. If they are larger than the maximum allowed attachment size you can use one of the web-based file transfer services (e.g., WeTransfer) to send the files to the same email address.
The deadline for the submission of complete paper drafts is 1st of August 2021. We urge you to keep to this deadline to ensure a timely publication. The Editorial Committee reserves the right to exclude from the proceedings those papers that are submitted in an untimely manner, especially if they delay the publication process. Hence, if for some reason you are unable to meet the submission deadline, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss possible alternatives.
Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the paper authors to obtain all the necessary permits and/or permissions for the publication of data included in their papers. The conference Editorial Committee will not request any proof that the said permissions have been obtained, but it will also not be held responsible if such issues arise. We urge you to follow the best professional ethical practices by ensuring you are allowed to use the data you publish or refer to.
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