*The Call for Papers for this conference has ended*
We are happy to announce the Call for Papers for the "Living Communities and Their Archaeologies: From the Middle East to the Nordic Countries (LiveArch2019), hosted by the University of Helsinki, from Thursday 12 September to Saturday 14 September 2019.
Paper proposals can now be submitted via the EasyChair CFP platform. Please note that the deadline for submission is 30 April 2019.
The "Living Communities and Their Archaeologies" conference welcomes presentations addressing the fundamental issue of what we understand as “community archaeology”. This seemingly simple question refers both to the “communities” and the “archaeologies” concerned, and to the interrelations between them. Which communities are we addressing when doing community archaeology (and which are ignored)? What approaches to archaeology do we employ? Is it only excavation, does community archaeology end when the excavation season is over? How do we affect the community in which (or with which) we work? How does the community affect us, the archaeologists? And how can we measure and explain success or failure of “community archaeology” projects?
These questions are still to be expanded upon within the contexts of Middle Eastern archaeology and archaeology in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The aim of this conference is to think critically about relationships between communities and archaeologies theoretically as well as by discussing practical cases from cultures that are quite different from each other.
We especially welcome paper proposals that focus on the following themes within the geographical contexts of the Middle East and/or the Nordic and Baltic countries:
- Defining and reflecting on "community" in community archaeology;
- Archaeologists as a community in themselves;
- Which archaeologies to employ in community archaeology;
- Measuring the success and failure of community archaeology.
We are happy to emphasise that accommodation cost for the full duration of the conference will be covered by the organisers for all presenters whose papers are selected.
Rick Bonnie, Suzie Thomas, Raz Kletter, Marta Lorenzon