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Performance and Display in the History of Archaeology

February 27, 2014

Performance and Display

in the History of Archaeology

Conference at UCL Institute of Archaeology 18 October 2014

 This conference aims to explore the development of visual cultures in archaeology, focusing in particular on the creation and reception of archaeological performances and displays such as public excavations, demonstrations, congresses, lectures and exhibitions.

Performance and display have long been recognised as important themes in the history of science and medicine, as seen in the work of Lorraine Daston, Simon Schaffer and others.  We welcome the submission of papers that draw and reflect on this wider intellectual tradition.

The conference will be based on the discussion of pre-circulated papers, to allow more time for debate as well as to enable participation by authors and discussants who cannot attend in person.  We will live-stream the conference and include online discussion and contributions.

Prospective presenters should submit a 500 word abstract by the 31st of May to the organisers at  If your paper is accepted you will be expected to submit your full paper three weeks before the conference date for pre-circulation.  Papers should be c.4-8000 words in length, be fully referenced, and constitute original research. We are particularly keen to receive papers from graduate students and early career scholars.

Gabriel Moshenska, Clare Lewis and Amara Thornton

 UCL Institute of Archaeology, History of Archaeology Research Network

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