From: Dan Hicks [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS
CHAT 2006 (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory)
Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Bristol
Friday 10 - Sunday 12 November 2006
We are excited to be able to announce preliminary details
of the fourth annual CHAT conference, CHAT 2006, which will see CHAT
return to Bristol in November 2006. CHAT 2006 has a web page here -
http://www.bris.ac.uk/archanth/events/chat2006.html - which will develop
in the coming months.
The theme for CHAT 2006 is 'Doing Contemporary and Historical
Method and Practice in Archaeologies of the Recent and Contemporary
The call for papers is copied below:
'Archaeological studies of the recent and contemporary past are
characterised by an increasingly wide range of methods and practices,
possible by the proximity and sheer quantities of their material. These
methodologies form an increasingly significant part of the field's
contributions to interdisciplinary studies of materiality and material
culture, and to theory and practice in other periods of archaeology.
Returning to Bristol, CHAT 2006 takes stock of them.
The 2006 meeting asks: What do contemporary and historical
do? In the field, at their desks, and elsewhere?
The conference will consider, compare and celebrate the distinctive,
diverse and creative methods and practices that are emerging in this
of archaeology, considering interdisciplinary relationships - especially
with social anthropology, cultural geography and the creative arts - and
There are many approaches in contemporary and historical archaeology to
recording landscapes and standing buildings. To field survey, excavation
and intervention. To the archaeological use of primary and secondary
documentary sources. To studying excavated or collected material
assemblages. To undertaking oral history and site-specific interviews
archaeological purposes. To working with communities and individuals. To
narrative styles and finding multiple voices, storytelling and
performance. To stills photography, film and new media, for
documentation or representation. To studying ephemerality, immateriality
or transience in archaeological perspective. To walking and documenting.
Writing and film-making. Digging and talking. Visiting and recording.
Often, contemporary and historical archaeologies engage with the
of others through collaborations - working with ethnographers or
for instance - appropriating new methods for archaeology, or promoting
dialogue across disciplines.
We invite challenging paper presentations which address any aspect of
these matters of method and practice in relation to archaeologies of the
recent and contemporary past. Joint contributions from archaeologists
non-archaeologists are particularly encouraged. Papers from emerging
scholars, international colleagues and from archaeologists based outside
Higher Education Institutions are especially welcomed. Multimedia or
performed presentations are welcome as well as conventional paper
presentations. All sessions will be plenary, and will be held in the
Wickham Theatre, University of Bristol.
300-500 word paper abstracts should be sent as soon as possible, and by
March 2006 at the latest, to [log in to unmask] with 'CHAT 2006'
the subject line.
In addition, for CHAT 2006 1,500-3,000 word paper summaries will be
expected from contributors by 1 September 2006 for posting on the CHAT
The Organising Committee for CHAT 2006 is Dan Hicks, Angela Piccini,
McAtackney, John Schofield, Christine Finn, Cassie Newland and Lisa Hill
(further details at http://www.bris.ac.uk/archanth/
Expressions of interest or general enquiries about CHAT 2006 in Bristol
should be sent to [log in to unmask] and/or
[log in to unmask], with 'CHAT 2006' in the subject line.'
All the best,
Dan and Angela
Dr Dan Hicks and Dr Angela Piccini
University of Bristol
Dr Dan Hicks MIFA
Archaeology & Anthropology
University of Bristol
43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol. BS8 1UU. UK
tel: +44 (0)117 331 1188
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