Conference and workshop on gendered identities in Klement

In the latest issue of TEA (The European Archaeologist) a conference report has been published on the gender-workshop organized at the end of September in Klement, Austria (Multiple femininities – multiple masculinities. The diversity of gendered identities in the Bronze and Iron Ages). At the meeting, colleagues of Eötvos Loránd University and the ‘Momentum’ Mobility Research Group presented archaeological data referring to gender roles from the territory of present-day Hungary from Late Neolithic Period to Roman Age.

Changing femininities and masculinities between the Neolithic and Late Iron Age in Hungary: a review
Vajk Szeverényi, Gabriella Kulcsár, Judit Pásztókai-Szeőke, Zsuzsanna Siklósi, Viktória Kiss

Despite the fact that gender relations are a fundamental aspect of the social life of any given community, Hungarian archaeology has only recently started to make initial steps in the archaeology of gender, similarly to several east central European research traditions. The aim of our paper is to promote and advance this approach in the study of prehistoric communities in Hungary. During the past few decades the archaeological analysis of gender has gone through tremendous theoretical and methodological development. Bearing in mind all these changes and all the pitfalls of such a study, we will present the several case studies based on the analysis of burials between the Neolithic and the end of the Iron Age and of a series representations from the Late Iron Age and the early Roman Period. Our aim is to highlight the similarities and differences in the ways through which various kinds of femininities and masculinities were created through the use of material culture and other media in these societies.