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BANEA 2024 Conference

University of Glasgow, 3-5 January 2024

Organised around Archaeological and heritage practice in Southwest Asia: towards equitable futures, the conference will foreground archaeology’s role and responsibilities in climate change discourse; the discipline’s colonial inheritances and legacies, and strategies for addressing and mitigating them; and equitable and sustainable archaeological, cultural heritage, and community engagement practice. A keynote speech from Rozhen Kamal Mohammed-Amin will tackle issues related to these themes.

Workshop proposals are welcome and should be made by an organiser/chair to the committee by 16th June 2023.

Paper submissions should be made to the committee by Friday 6th October and should indicate a preferred session topic. If paper acceptance is a requirement of your visa to travel to the UK and is needed urgently, please make this clear in your email and the committee will respond as soon as possible.

Session topics will include:

  • Archaeological fairness. E.g., decolonising practice; cultural heritage practice, archaeological labour relations; community engagement, equality, diversity, and inclusion.

  • Landscape. E.g., theoretical and methodological approaches to landscape; socio-ecological dynamics, the use of archaeological science in climate change discourse.

  • Digital archaeologies. E.g., Digital recording and representation of archaeology; big data; web and technology-based public engagement.

  • Field reports. E.g., Ongoing and recently completed fieldwork results.

  • Foodways. E.g., Subsistence practices, food webs, and cultural identities; commensal equipment, chaîne opératoires, and vibrant materialities; bioarchaeology and isotope studies

  • Social worlds. E.g., Social interaction and interpretative approaches to it; inequality; art and literature, including modern reception and representations.

The committee encourage authors to interpret the above session topics and suggestions broadly and inventively. We particularly welcome submissions that seek to address the main conference themes by, for instance, presenting original archaeological perspectives on climate change, either in the past or present; engaging with, challenging, and developing mitigating strategies for West Asian archaeology’s colonial structures and legacies; or presenting ongoing fieldwork that utilises new or emerging approaches designed with equitable field practice in mind.

Early Bird Registration, priced at £80 (£35 student/unwaged), will be available at here until Friday 1st September, at which point prices will increase to £95/45. A 3-course conference dinner will take place on the 3rd January, after the Keynote and a reception, and is priced at £55. Places are limited to 40 for the dinner on a first come first served basis.

If you are unsure whether you are currently a member of BANEA, please contact the membership secretary to enquire.

Grants for expenses and accessibility are available for eligible applicants from BANEA here.

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