Challenging the Dead - Working out problems in mortuary archaeology
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
Groningen, 2-3 May 2019
Mortuary archaeology poses a lot of challenges to archaeologists. These problems are shared between archaeologists regardless of periods and regions of interest. This workshop focuses on bringing those problems forward and debating about them. Of course, we also hope that the workshop will provide some insights and possibly answers to those issues we all share.
The main focus of the presentations will be the challenges, difficulties but also the potential of mortuary studies. The workshop will be organized in four thematic cycles (see below) and the contributors should bring forward issues regarding those fields. For your abstract, however, you are not restricted only to the four fields; please feel free to share any other ideas and suggestions you may have.
Theoretical Questions: Theoretical paradigms change quickly. How do we keep up with theoretical debates? How are the data reconciled with theory? How to choose the proper theoretical approach?
Methodology: Methodologies in the field and during the subsequent analyses are changing at an ever-quickening pace. How can archaeologists make informed choices? How can we assess the potential and limitations of the different analytical methods?
Ethics: Archaeologists often find themselves confronted with political interventions, media pressure, or unexpected reactions by local communities. Ethical questions arise in every step of the research process, from the field to the exhibition in museums. How do we deal with them?
Knowledge utilization: Archaeology is becoming an expensive discipline, and we need to account to funding bodies and to the public at large. How should we do this? What is the impact of knowledge utilization to fundamental research?
The thematic cycles have been chosen based on the problems and discussions arising in mortuary archaeology. Those are questions we are all confronted with (though perhaps in different degrees) and have attempted to solve in different ways. You can submit the issues you want to share on one or more of the four topics presented above.
We will have to select the questions to be presented, in order to make sure that the different views, questions and backgrounds will be equally represented. All submissions will be shared with all participants.
The oral presentation of the questions selected should not exceed 10 minutes each. This will allow plenty of time for discussion – which is the main aim of the workshop.
All participants will pay a modest fee which will allow us to provide lunch, tea and coffee as well as a small reception at the end of the first day.
Participation fee for students and unemployed will be 10€ and for salaried 20€. Details about method of payment will be circulated later.
The workshop will be held in English. Accordingly, all the papers and presentations need to be submitted in English.
Location and accommodation
The workshop will take place in the Marie Loke Zaal, Harmonie Building, University of Groningen from Thursday 2 May, 2pm to Friday 3 May, 5.30pm. In case you need to find accommodation in the city, we will provide information about reasonably priced locations to sleep and eat on our Facebook page.
The 1st year Archaeology REMA students, Groningen