16th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology (ISBSA 16)

26 September – 01 October 2021
Zadar, Croatia

CALL FOR PAPERS 16th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology (ISBSA 16) Zadar, Croatia, 26 September – 1 October 2021 The Programme Committee of the International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology welcomes submissions of papers and posters for the 16th ISBSA, organized as a collaborative effort of the University of Zadar, the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar, the Archaeological Museum Zadar and the Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar.

The ISBSA 16 will be held in Zadar, Croatia, from 26 September to 1 October 2021.

Submissions should consist of title and abstract of up to 300 words. Each applicant may submit one abstract only to the secretariat e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The submission deadline is 31 January 2021.

The main theme of the 16th ISBSA will be: SAILING THROUGH HISTORY Reading the Past – Imagining the Future Nautical archaeology is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field of study which expands our understanding of the past through the historical interpretation of boat and ship remains. In recent decades the discipline has faced huge changes due to the development of new tools, particularly 3D technologies, which have had a strong impact on the procedures of documentation, interpretation and reconstruction.

These more efficient and precise tools have been adapted for the study of boats and ships, and are now widely adopted into the community of nautical archaeologists. This technology has had important consequences on archaeological analyses, improving speed, precision, reliability, and cost effectiveness. However, the central issue is to determine whether these new tools help us propose new research questions to obtain a better understanding of boats and ships, and ultimately decide whether they lead to more relevant historical interpretations. The main theme of ISBSA 16 is Reading the Past – Imagining the Future, and its core aim is to reflect on the results of traditional methods and tools while considering new possibilities provided through the implementation of modern computer technology.

Also, as technology is adopted in nautical archaeology, we must consider which methodological standard procedures or analytical practices remain relevant in future excavations. As in previous symposia, the endeavour is to interrogate the methods of the discipline, and we invite you to submit contributions that will investigate the adoption of new technologies in the field of boat and ship archaeology. The question is how can we best adapt them to the requirements of historical questioning and the interpretation of ship and boat remains.

With the main theme “Sailing through History”, the 16th ISBSA intends also to continue the experiences gained during the previous editions, grouped under the following themes: - Ship construction - Recent discoveries - Nautical ethnography - Experimental nautical archaeology - Research methods. Within the topics listed above, we urge you to submit contributions that also reconsider the foundations of the methodological paradigms of maritime archaeology (documentation, analysis and interpretation), particularly with regard to dialogue with historical, iconographic and ethnographic sources. The official language of the conference will be English.

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