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EAA Glasgow – Call for Papers

January 23, 2015

After last week’s debacle of a post I’m sticking with simply providing information this week, it may not be as entertaining but on the other hand no librarians were harmed in the making of this post!

I wanted to remind you that the 21st European Association of Archaeologists annual meeting is in Glasgow from the 2nd to the 5th of September 2015. The call for papers for is now open and the deadline is 16 February 2015. Paper proposals are to be submitted electronically here

There are (at least) two sessions being run by HARN members and you are very welcome to submit proposals for either session.

Kate, Ulf and I are running a session in the COMMUNICATING ARCHAEOLOGY theme entitled:

Clusters of Knowledge Production: Conversation and Creation of Knowledge in Archaeology

Throughout the discipline’s history, archaeologists have shared knowledge with their scholarly communities through various forms of interaction like publications, conferences, seminars, lectures, and exhibitions. These public events and the responses they provoke constitute an open scientific dialogue indispensable for the community’s accumulation and revision of collective knowledge. A key role in the processes of knowledge production preceding such public events is played by informal clusters or networks of scholars: dynamic systems of exchange loosely constituted by individuals and groups who generate and communicate knowledge and ideas both within the system and with external actors and communities.This session problematizes knowledge production and mediation in archaeology over the last 150 years, and critically examines how various informal modes of exchange between individuals and groups affect the trajectories of their public ideas about material culture and past civilizations. The papers focus on how archaeologists who have created and continue to create knowledge within their respective fields both influence and are inspired by the networks in which they operate through the more informal and private but significant exchanges that take place when they meet and talk to each other, in person or through correspondence. As a unit, the papers argue that the informal character of these gatherings inspired the generation of scientific ideas and thus affected the dynamic process of knowledge production in other but equally significant ways than knowledge produced within more formally restrained contexts. The presenters’ varying viewpoints will allow for a more holistic exploration of the instrumentality of informal clusters of actors in the production and mediation of data.

Any queries then please contact Kate Shepherd


Margarita Díaz-Andreu is running a session in the LEGACIES AND VISIONS theme. This session What’s in a story? Is oral history a valuable tool for the future archaeologist’s toolkit?

When considering legacies in archaeology that we believe to be worth passing on to succeeding generations of archaeologists, should we consider including the relatively new and not yet fully explored method of oral history? Does it have the potential to add value to future archaeological research and is it worth exploring and developing further, or is it mainly a trendy novelty?

Oral history is gaining in popularity as a method of archaeological and heritage research. Case studies show its multiple uses; for instance as a means of gathering eyewitness accounts of historical events, locating sites, learning about old skills and crafts and places of importance in the landscape, contributing to landscape biographies, etc. It can be a means of capturing the world behind the archaeologically visible and may simultaneously add to the social value of a heritage preservation project, as it gives a voice to community members who usually go unheard.

It is the aim of this session to explore the potential of oral history approaches that focus on the first-hand memories or knowledge of an interviewee, primarily in a European context. We will look at the experiences of archaeologists who have used oral history as a tool and consider what benefits and value they have identified, both for the archaeological research or heritage project and for the interviewee themselves. Session participants are also invited to reflect on the pitfalls and challenges researchers face by using oral history and the ethical and practical implications that need to be considered if it is to become a fully fledged archaeological tool.

Any queries, please contact Monique van den Dries  and/or Margarita Dí

If there are other sessions involving HARN members let me know and I’ll post them here.

Once again let me remind you that the call for papers for is now open and the deadline is 16 February 2015. Paper proposals are to be submitted electronically here
Looking forward to hearing your papers, have a great weekend

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