We are pleased to inform that we will be participating in the 27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) “Widening Horizons”, that will take place in Kiel (Germany) but also in the virtual world from 8th to 11th September.
We invite submission to our session titled:
Preserving Transformative ‘Palimpsests’: The Role of Digital Heritage and Participative Approaches in Current Urban Archaeology.
We are looking for conceptual frameworks and empirical case studies that draw on digital tools, co-production, and archaeological research. Discussions on narratives and theoretical questions arising from this debate and their integration into objectives of broader social archaeology are also of our interest.
Towns and cities are complex, densely populated settlements that are in constant transformation. However, many of the strategies undertaken to conserve and disseminate the value of heritage sites within present-day cities does not value transformation. Differently, they tend to prioritize specific historical periods, whilst others remain overlooked. This can result in the discontinuity of historical layers and the loss of integrative dialogues and descriptions of day-to-day life.
We argue that cities as archaeological palimpsests are ‘deep cities’ – the depth of which needs to be explored, identified and promoted in a participatory and socially inclusive manner (JPI ‘CURBATHERI-Deep Cities’ project www.deepcities.eu). This session will search for more socially inclusive forms of preservation and management of urban heritage. Under the concept of deep cities, we aim to broaden the understanding of historical continuity through the layers of social values and multivocal narratives.
In short, this session will address critical questions, including but are not limited to:
- How are current archaeological practices embedded in urban transformations?
- What is the role of heritage management professionals and archaeologists in valuing social dimensions in heritage conservation within constantly changing urban contexts?
- How can participatory, people-centred, and digital approaches contribute to the ongoing transformation of deep cities? What new sustainable futures can open up for our cultural heritage?
Urban Transformations, Contemporary Archaeology, Digital Heritage, Temporality, Social Archaeology, Sustainable Development
This is framed in the theme “Assembling archaeological theory and the archaeological sciences”. We welcome all kind of formats, from the classic power point, through audio-visuals, to performance.
Submission only via online and with official fort available at https://submissions.e-a-a.org/eaa2021/.
DEADLINE: Thursday 11 February 2021, 23:59 CET.
Are you a student and you are concerned about the fees? Every year some grants or volunteer programme are offered to students, you can get in touch with the Secretary of the EAA at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need more information do nor hesitate to get in touch with us.