'Together', inspired by Richard Sennett's book of the same name, examines the archaeology of co-operation and specifically the skills of living and working together. It is the theme of the 13th Annual Conference of the Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory (CHAT) Group to the University of Sheffield.
During 30 Oct - 1 Nov, Twenty-five speakers from around the world will address this theme through several lines of enquiry:
- The distinctive perspectives that emerge through the study of how people cooperate and how communities cohere and fragment: for instance, how can we theorise the 'craft of cooperation' in ways that account for people's interactions with landscapes, things and animals?
- Case studies in the archaeology, history and sociology of cooperation in the present and recent past, and critical analyses of what happens when cooperation breaks down.
- The communities of practice (e.g. interdisciplinary networks, academics/students, universities/public) that come together in researching and learning about the present and recent past.
The delegate fee (£30 student/unwaged or £45 waged) includes the academic sessions, refreshments (including lunch on Saturday), and evening events (Friday wine reception, Saturday 'happening' with films and a street food dinner).
A full programme and registration details available at http://chat2015.org/