The reason for a symposium on Archaeology of Sicily

In 2013, the “1st International Symposium of LABECA”  took place, an event in which Brazilian and foreign researchers were invited to contribute actively to the debate on topics considered crucial in current Mediterranean Archaeology. The focus of the meeting, named “Chorion” (in ancient Greek: space, place), was space in ancient Greek world.

Our proposal aims to repeat the success of that event, but with a different focus: the archaeological studies of Sicily from the period of Greek foundations to Late Antiquity. In many inquiries conducted at the University of São Paulo and other Brazilian universities, ancient Sicily has an important role, being at the center of the concerns and debates among scholars in the area of literature, history and archeology. For this reason, we aim to offer to all interested parties the opportunity to meet with researchers from international institutions active in the field of archaeological studies in Sicily.

The event includes scholars engaged in research through constant field activities and publications with international impact. Specialists from USP intervene by presenting their research in order to create a debate and an opportunity for growth in the Brazilian university environment in which studies on Sicily are developed.

Archeology is a multidisciplinary science, because in its approaches it applies methodologies and technologies loaned from different areas of knowledge. Our role as scholars of antiquity is to investigate the past to bring into the present the values ​​of collective memory and, in light of the experiences of history, to interpret our present and to understand our identity. Sicily has always been a land desired by many peoples and enriched by the presence of different cultures and so today offers an unparalleled cultural richness. In the current historical moment, so delicate and polemical, in which the debate on immigration politics and on integration of new components from different cultures, looking at the past of Sicily, through the lens of archaeological studies, certainly raises considerations important for thinking about the social and cultural changes caused by human coexistence.