EAA 2023 Belfast

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As archaeologists, we are often the most popular attendees at the cocktail party. Tell your occupation and (as long as people don’t ask you about your favourite dinosaur or the latest building you designed), they enthusiastically gush about “every time there is an archaeology special on, I always watch it!”. Nevertheless, it is quite rare that archaeologists write about their discoveries, research or even their quite adventurous lives themselves. We rely mostly on interviews with the press and/or specialized communicators to tell the stories for us.
This session invites papers which explore the connection between the public fascination for archaeology and the means to encourage archaeologists themselves to capitalize on it. We invite papers from writers of popular science, archaeologically-oriented fiction and museum exhibition designers which address the balance between entertainment and education as well as the importance of narrative. Written, illustrated or otherwise acted case studies of single individuals (either real or imagined) are also welcome and encouraged, as are short vignette thought experiments humanizing our shared past. You may consider reading a narrative document addressing either a pre/historic theme or a larger metadata style discourse on living as an archaeologist, in order to tell the story behind the story accompanied by an image collage.
Period2 Sept 2023
Event typeConference
Conference number29th
OrganiserEuropean Association of Archaeologists
LocationBelfast, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational