Themes

The Annual Meeting themes, as defined by the Scientific Committee, incorporate the diversity of EAA and the multidimensionality of archaeological practice, including archaeological interpretation, heritage management and politics of the past and present.

1. Theories and methods in archaeology
2. The archaeology of material culture, bodies and landscapes
3. Mediterranean seascapes
4. Archaeology and the future of cities and urban landscapes
5. Archaeology and the European Year of Cultural Heritage
6. Museums and the challenges of archaeological heritage in 21st century

1. Theories and methods in archaeology

This theme will include sessions on theory and methods, in particular those related to topics such as palaeoclimate, environment, genetics, diet, palaeopathology. It will embrace all other scientific techniques and methods offered by other disciplines, as well as theoretical reflection on the philosophy and sociology of archaeological science, the history of archaeology as a discipline, and debates on its place in the contemporary world.
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2. The archaeology of material culture, bodies and landscapes

This theme defines sessions related to the archaeological interpretation of material culture and the lives of people in the past. It will examine how people used objects and interacted with them, how they used objects and interact with them, how they constructed new landscapes and transformed their environment. Likewise, it will include reflections on social and spatial aspects of archaeological sites and archaeological landscapes, and include topics related to subsistence and economy. The theme is also aimed at addressing material culture from a cultural standpoint.
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3. Mediterranean seascapes

"Mediterranean seascapes" has been chosen to highlight the role of the Mediterranean as a communication route and nexus of both past and present cultures as a theme that is closely linked to the region and the city in which the Annual Meeting is being held.
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4. Archaeology and the future of cities and urban landscapes

Archaeology can provide evidence for interpretations of past responses to social and environmental stress. This theme will include sessions on urbanization, urban planning, sustainability, resiliency, risk management, heritage preservation, and territoriality. These sub-themes will all be examined from an archaeological perspective. The sessions will take into consideration the framework established by the UN's 2030 Agenda and Goals for Sustainable Development.
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5. Archaeology and the European Year of Cultural Heritage

2018 has been declared European Year of Cultural Heritage. In this context, this theme will bring together the sessions and round tables on cultural heritage policies in Europe and the place of archaeological heritage in that context. Other topics on archaeological heritage include heritage management, the social and economic impact of heritage conservation and management, preventive conservation, illegal trafficking of antiquities, heritage legislation, archaeological tourism and sustainability.
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6. Museums and the challenges of archaeological heritage in 21st century

Barcelona, the city of many museums, welcomes this theme. Sessions addressing this theme will be organized focusing on the debate around how museums can serve their public. It will also examine ways in which the presentation of heritage is achieved and how the exhibition and conservation of archaeological objects in museums contributes to that mission.
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The following main  principles for sessions apply:

  • The basic modular length of sessions and round tables should be limited to one half-day (2 blocks); exceptions can be made in well reasoned cases.
  • The time allowed for the presentation of individual papers is 15 minutes. However, flexibility may be given to individual session organisers to reduce the length of time allowed for each paper in order to include more papers, depending also on the format of the particular session.
  • Only EAA members are allowed to propose and organise a session. Non-members must become EAA members by the deadline set.
  • One person may organise no more than one session or round table as the first organiser, but may be co-organiser (2nd-5th author) of one other session or round table.
  • Session co-organisers should normally be from more than one country.
  • A maximum of two contributions is normally allowed per delegate.

For detailed guidelines for organisers of sessions and round tables, notes for speakers and poster presentations please check the Guidelines tab in General Info.

Session formats

Regular session
Regular session lasts a half day and normally consists of sixteen 15-minute presentations (although flexibility may be given to individual session organisers to reduce the length of time allowed for each paper in order to include more papers), including discussion, introductory and closing comments. While session organisers are welcome to invite submissions into their session, the session needs to be open for submissions by any presenter.

General session
General session equally consists of no more than sixteen 15-minute presentations. General sessions are created either top down when a specific theme is proposed by the Scientific Committee and members are invited to contribute presentations, or bottom up when a theme is identified by the Scientific Committee among presentations proposed by members outside the context of regular sessions (i.e., the possibility to submit a contribution outside accepted sessions must be guaranteed). These loose presentations are then grouped into a session and the Scientific Committee appoints a suitable chairperson. 


Keynote session
Keynote session is normally organised by the Scientific Committee in consultation with the EAA Executive Board and consists of an invited lecture and subsequent contributions from discussants and discussion.

Round table
Round table is an interactive event organised around a specific and tightly focused theme. Formal presentations are kept to a minimum and normally consist only of opening and closing remarks so that an open discussion is encouraged. Round tables are to be held in small rooms, with a maximum number of 30 participants and a seating arrangement suitable for general participation in the discussion.


Closed round table
Closed round table differs from a round table in that participation is by invitation only. A maximum of two closed round tables can be accommodated per AM.

Session with papers of six minutes and six slides

Sessions with pre-circulated papers

Field session

Poster session
Poster session consists of a group of posters organised around a specific theme. Posters will be displayed for the duration of the Annual Meeting if space allows, or in defined time slots.

Filming and photographing

It is forbidden to film at sessions, the Annual Membership Business Meeting and other official occasions without the permission of the EAA. The EAA and/or the Organising Committee may secure filming facilities for selected sessions and the Opening Ceremony to be broadcast / streamed. Session organisers will be approached by EAA staff and offered this facility when available and informed about the selection criteria.

Photographing is allowed without any restrictions unless the author of presentation explicitly dissaproves photographing by introducing a disclaimer at the beginning of his/her presentation.

Call for sessions

The call for sessions is open. Deadline: 10 November.

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