Building Bridges: Themes of the conference 

Introduction 

Under the conference motto Building Bridges five key themes were selected for the 23rd Annual Meeting of the EAA. The themes chosen by the EAA Executive Board, the Maastricht Conference Organisers and the Scientific Committee address the currently most important issues at stake in archaeology in relation to society. In one way or another all themes have the aim to build bridges: between projects, countries and disciplines as well as between social groups and cultures. Therefore in most cases, a multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary approach seems necessary. Sessions integrating Archaeology with other subjects such as History, Anthropology, History of Art, History of Science, Sociology, the Arts and/or Citizen Science are especially welcome. Archaeology’s relevance for society should be demonstrated and insights given into what it means to be human. Meetings of the EAA have always focused on archaeological theory and methodology, interpretation and heritage management. In Maastricht, however, we want to move ahead and to get more focus without losing what is of value. So within all five themes it will be possible to fit sessions which raise ‘theoretical and methodological perspectives in archaeology’ (all themes) or centre either on ‘interpreting the archaeological record’ (themes 3, 4 and 5) or ‘managing the archaeological heritage’ (themes 1 and 2). It is also possible to propose sessions outside the themes.

 

The Maastricht meeting allows experimentation with regard to session formats. This is to give more room to discussion and dialogue. Session organisers are invited to think about this explicitly. Sessions will be labelled as either ‘Session’ or ‘Discussion session’. A ‘Session’ is made up of a combination of papers (max. 15 minutes each). Within a ‘Discussion session’ a different format will be adopted. For example: sessions with a key note speaker with contributions from discussants and discussion; sessions with pre-circulated papers (with the sessions focussing on discussion only); sessions with papers of six minutes (and six slides); (thematic) poster sessions; round tables; field sessions, and other formats. Within ‘discussion sessions’ new roles should be explicitly identified: session organiser, key note speaker and discussant.

 

All sessions should aim to have scientific as well as practical, social and political impact. Sessions should initiate and continue transnational cooperation and further the discipline as a whole. Session organisers are responsible to summarize sessions (the appointment of a secretary could be helpful in this regard) as well as to draw and communicate conclusions from their sessions. They can do that for example by publishing a report on the session in TEA or another journal, by offering recommendations to the EAA Executive Board or by publishing a selection of contributions in a refereed journal or an edited volume.

 

EAA promotes participation, reflection and engagement beyond its European focus. Contributions from outside Europe are highly welcome: they can reflect on how archaeologists cope with similar issues in other cultural contexts or how Europe’s problems appear seen from a distance.

Session Formats 

Sessions will be labelled as either ‘Session’ or ‘Discussion session’.

 

A.Session, made up of a combination of papers, max. 15 minutes each;

 

B.Discussion session (please tick)

- session with a key note speaker with contributions from discussants and discussion;

- session with pre-circulated papers;

- session with papers of six minutes and six slides;

-poster session;

- round table;

- field session;

- other.

 

All sessions should aim to have scientific as well as practical, social or political impact. Sessions should initiate and continue transnational cooperation and further the discipline as a whole. Session organisers are responsible to summarize sessions as well as to draw and communicate conclusions from their sessions. They can do that for example by publishing a report on the session in TEA or another journal, by a proposal to the EAA Executive Board or by publishing the contributions in an edited volume.

 

EAA promotes participation, reflection and engagement beyond its European focus. Contributions from outside Europe are highly welcome: they can reflect on how archaeologists cope with similar issues in other cultural contexts or how Europe’s problems appear seen from a distance.

Conference Themes 

Six Conference Themes 

1. Twenty-five Years after Maastricht: Archaeology and Europe's future  

How do contemporary political and mostly centripetal processes within Europe affect archaeology and how does archaeology contribute to a more inclusive society?

2. The Valletta Convention: the next 25 years 

How has the ‘Valletta Convention’ been implemented across Europe? What strengths and weaknesses are revealed by comparative analysis? What opportunities and threats lie ahead? Does the Convention need rewriting?

 

(Joint organisation with EAC)

3. Trans- and Metadisciplinary Approaches in Archaeology 

How does archaeology engage societal groups in the definition of research questions? Should it involve society more in the selection and development of research methods, even in research and publication itself? How does academic archaeology relate to public or citizen science or to art and artists?

4. The 'Third Science Revolution' in Archaeology 

How do new scientific methods revolutionize archaeological theory and practice?

5. Comparing Archaeology Across Regions and Periods 

How can we compare the results of regional archaeological projects? What is to gain from comparisons over large geographical distances or across periods?

6. Interpreting the Archeological Record 

In addition to the five key themes of EAA Maastricht 2017 it is important to ensure sessions with a broader interest base are comfortably accommodated within the programme.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

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APPROACHING DEADLINES

Review of papers and posters by session organisers and announcement of approval: Wednesday 22 March up until Sunday 23 April 2017

 

Deadline for early bird registration: 20 May 2017

 

Deadline for conference and EAA membership registration and payment for presenters: 20 May 2017

 

Construction of Programme: Monday 10 April up until Friday 5 May 2017

 

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SESSIONS & PAPERS

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