*With the usual apologies for cross posting*
Happy New Year to all!
At the forthcoming EAA (European Association of Archaeologists) meeting in Barcelona (5-8th September 2018), there will be a session entitled “Can we develop a European network of linked research agendas?”. This session is being jointly organised by Historic England, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
I am writing to make you aware of the call for papers for the session and would greatly appreciate it if you would consider submitting an abstract or forwarding this email to colleagues who may be interested.
SESSION TITLE: Can we develop a European network of linked research agendas? (EAA session #699)
• Edmund Lee (Historic England, England)
• Dan Miles (Historic England, England)
• Emma Jane O’Riordan (Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Scotland)
• Inge van der Jagt (Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, The Netherlands)
Making choices is part and parcel of our daily lives as human beings. The best decisions are made through a transparent and participatory process, collecting and considering the evidence, identifying needs and opportunities. Archaeological research agendas have existed for many years in a plethora of formats and scope, used to coordinate our research effort in different cultural periods or geogrphical locations. Since the Valetta Convention and the huge rise in commercial or planning-led archaeological investigations, the need to develop research agendas to prioritise interventions and research has increased greatly.
A number of research agendas are now online providing opportunities to link agendas. However, the majority of these are confined by political and territorial boundaries irrespective of the archaeological record. Are we missing an opportunity to look outside our own countries? Do we know what other archaeologists are researching and why? Should we start linking things up? How is archaeological research prioritised in countries without research agendas or frameworks? Is this an opportunity to develop a European archaeological research agenda?
This session will look at how different countries have approached the development of research agendas as cultural heritage tools within their own political and legislative frameworks. Does the public have a voice in these agendas? We will then ask the question should we consider crossing boundaries and linking our agendas – whether digitally or conceptually, and how can we begin to move forward sharing ideas, approaches and even agendas.
research, framework, agenda, methodology, developer-led, linking, sharing
Please go to https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA2018/ for more information about the annual meeting, including registration and abstract submission. The deadline for abstract submission is 15th February 2018.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at [log in to unmask], or one of the other session organisers.
Emma Jane O’Riordan
Emma Jane O’Riordan
ScARF Project Manager
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland