Candidacy for IALA Board, Election September 2018


Thomas Meier

Candidate Position:
President
A short Bio:
I studied prehistoric, early medieval and Roman archaeology and medieval history at the university of Munich, where I was rewarded a Ph.D. As a post-doc I headed an interdisciplinary project on medieval human-environmental interactions in the Bavarian Alps and in my habilitation (University of Kiel) I analysed the social structure and economic system of Carolingian southern Germany. Since 2008 I hold a professorship for pre- and protohistory at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). At the moment I am acting as Director of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment, integrating 13 institutes and 70 personal members, which cover the broadest multitude of perspectives on the „environment“. Actually I am teaching and publishing mainly on archaeological theory, the spatial dimension in archaeology, environmental and landscape archaeology, mostly from a post-modern perspective.
Statement candidate IALA President:
I have attended the LAC conferences since the very first one in Amsterdam in 2010 and was actively involved in establishing IALA during the last two years. I deeply regret that I will not be able to attend the Newcastle/Durham-conference 🙁

In my perspective the LAC conferences have developed into a major and important plattform for the exchange of new and the critique of established ideas on archaeological landscapes. To push its impact on the disciplines of archaeology it now needs IALA as a strong organisational backbone to ensure the continuity of LAC, further develop its scientific quality and keep it accessible for researchers at all levels of their academic carreer. I would be very glad to lend my power to this thrilling task.

 


Sjoerd Kluiving

Candidate Position:
President
A short Bio:
I studied Physical Geography at the University of Amsterdam (MSc: 1989) and Geology specializing in glacial geology of Antarctica at the University of Alabama, USA (PhD: 2001). Since 2002 as a geologist and physical geographer involved in applying earth sciences to archeology in interdisciplinary research and teaching, with emphasis on the Anthropocene. Project management in (field-based) evaluation of archeological monuments, extensive teaching and research experience and initiator and project manager of involving cultural history in planning processes. I co-lead the newly established Environmental Humanities Center at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I have vast experience in convening interdisciplinary sessions in soils, landscapes and archaeology at EGU and elsewhere, and am next to author guest editor of mutiple special volumes dedicated to this theme (QI, 2012, 2013; Catena, 2015, 2016; NJG, 2015; SoilD, 2016).
Statement candidate IALA President:
I founded the first LAC conference in 2010 in Amsterdam, intrigued at first by the fact that landscape has so many meanings when approached from different disciplines. The succeeding LAC’s I all attended in Berlin, Rome, and Uppsala. The succes of the first meeting that attracted over 250 scientists to 350 in Uppsala gave rise to IALA in 2017. I am currently president of IALA, uniting international geologists, archaeologists and historians in landscape research. IALA is needed to secure this interdisciplinary niche that enriches the science between alpha and beta. Next to securing LAC conferences for the future I envision as your president IALA to grow and increase membership income in order to execute a program to stimulate and support young researchers in the field of landscape archaeology.

 


Daniel Knitter

Candidate Position: 
Treasurer
A short Bio:
Daniel studied geography and works in landscape archaeology, with a special focus on spatial modeling, since his masters. In his PhD he investigated to which degree the centrality of places is related to their spatial location and natural conditions in their environs. In his post doc research he fosters the complementary character of theory, practice, and quantitative modeling. Daniel is a supporter of a reproducible research approach using open-source software.
Statement candidate IALA Treasurer:
I attend the LAC conferences since their first occurrence in Amsterdam 2010 and followed the establishment of IALA with great interest. For me, IALA could develop into the central exchange hub for all researchers interested in landscape archaeology not only in the course of LAC but also using smaller scaled workshops, joint project initiatives, and graduate training courses. Since these steps necessitate volunteers, I would be happy to support the IALA board.

 


Annelies Koopman

Candidate Position:
Secretary

A Short Bio:
I studied Archaeology at Leiden University and Geoarchaeology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, rewarded in 2010 with the degree of MSc, specialization Landscape Archaeology. My speciality is research on the interface between earth sciences and archaeology and I have substantial field experience in the Middle East (Jordan, Syria), North Africa (Egypt) and Australia (Cape York). Currently I am involved in a public project aiming at fusing together archaeology and geology in the Netherlands. Next to this I actively take part in a geological research project that is concerned with water board management strategies of the Netherlands. 

Statement candidate IALA Secretary:
I was actively involved in the foundation of IALA in 2017 and I am secretary of IALA since the beginning. I am also responsible for maintaining the website of IALA. In order to support the rise of IALA and its continuity in the future, I believe that I am the most suitable person to maintain the practical secretary tasks of IALA in the upcoming years. I would be happy to keep taking part in this exiting process.