sowi:doc Award

We congratulate Sabina Cveček on the award

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Sabina Cveček was awarded the sowi:doc Award for the academic year 2021/2022 for her dissertation »Households at the dawn of the Bronze Age: Anthropological contextualizations of local social organization within the Aegean basin«.

This interdisciplinary dissertation addresses social organization at two Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC) sites of Çukuriçi Höyük and Platia Maogula Zarkou from socio-cultural anthropological perspectives. Based on a controlled comparison between the archaeological evidence and ethnographic examples of non-state societies, the aim of this study was twofold. First, to understand the role of households at each site. Second, to address which type of non-state social organization is appropriate to describe social organization at these sites, if any. The study argues that multiple types of socio-political organizations co-existed at the dawn of the Bronze Age in the Aegean and critically addresses the limitations of applying socio-cultural anthropological models to the archaeological record.

Sabina’s revised dissertation entitled »Çukuriçi Höyük 4: Household economics in Early Bronze Age Aegean« is currently in print with the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

Sabina Cveček defended her dissertation in February 2021 at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna (adviser: Andre Gingrich). Since March 2021 she works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Prehistory & West Asian/Northeast African Archaeology at the OeAI. Her research interests include archaeological anthropology, non-state socio-political organization, exchange networks, and subsistence practices in the Aegean and Anatolian prehistory.

The official award ceremony will take place at the event »Rising voices – social science interventions on controversial topics.Celebrating the sowi:doc Awards 2020 and 2021 and the first two years of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences« on 10 June at 5 pm in the Sky Lounge, Oskar Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna.


More info on the sowi-doc Award: https://vds-sosci.univie.ac.at/your-benefits/funding-and-prizes/sowidoc-awards/