by Felipe Criado-Boado (EAA President)
Barcelona has been an urban
laboratory since the high Medieval Ages. A place of diversity
backdrop for a multiplicity of social and cultural processes on multiple scales that reflect different ways of
constructing the future
, a city with a long experience of urban life
and social innovations
From the prehistory of Modernity through to
Upper Modernity, the city space of Barcelona has always reflected the arising
Modern order,. It has also been through phases of subsequent modern disorder, struggles for workers’
rights, modernist social identities, and alternative ways of living.
This is a city that has constantly reinvented itself
. The early
industrial era, the periods of strife such as the Tragic Week of 1909
and the May Day of 1937, the Spanish Civil War, the transition to
democracy, the 1992 Olympics, and present day cultural activity all reflect how Barcelona has experienced new ways of reclaiming the city for its citizens
. Its history is
reflected in its urban layout, and in the way that it continues to take shape.
Barcelona offers a reflection of our future pasts
, much in the way that
archaeology does: our profession embodies an ability to reflect on
how the future comes into existence and how the past influences it. We must also have the power to
prototype the future. Everyone falls in love with Barcelona. One way or
another, this love affair has to do with how the future challenges our
past and our present. Barcelona is a perfect location for holding the 24th
Annual Meeting of the EAA, the ideal setting for an Association that
seeks to continuously develop and change the direction of its ability to reflect the past, in
order to be able to reflect about the future.
by Local Organising Committee: Margarita Díaz-Andreu (ICREA and Universitat de Barcelona), Sandra Montón-Subías (ICREA and Universitat Pompeu Fabra) & Raquel Piqué (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
¡Hola! Com va?
The EAA Executive Board, the Municipality of Barcelona, and all the institutions
representing Catalan archaeology in the Advisory Board are delighted to welcome
delegates to the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of
Archaeologists in Barcelona (5-8 September 2018). Barcelona has much to offer.
It has wonderful, state-of-the art museums and art galleries, it boasts some stunning architecture and it also has many archaeological sites open to the
public. The city is also famous for its lively intellectual and popular culture.
The Annual Meeting venue is located in the centre of the city, at the Faculty of Geography and History of the
University of Barcelona and the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB), cultural centre just opposite to the Faculty.
Excellently situated at the heart of Barcelona, the area is witness to the
extraordinary ability of this Mediterranean city to reinvent itself. Urban renewal and modernization sits comfortably side by side with the city's eclectic mix of medieval, 18thC, 19thC and Art Nouveau architecture.
The Barcelona Meeting will celebrate EAA's participation in the European Year of Cultural Heritage
(EYCH) with thought-provoking discussions and exchange of ideas on heritage, material
culture, archaeological science, theory and social impact. As a way to
encourage debates on archaeological museums and outreach to public, a specific theme will
be dedicated to the EYCH. Also, the Annual Meeting in Barcelona will
foster discussions that are linked to the sustainability of the city's cultural life, such as the role of
heritage in urban renovation and the opportunities for the promotion of civic pride, identity and wider promotion linked to its Mediterranean
location in the archaeological past.
Join us in celebrating, cosmopolitan Barcelona for the 2018 EAA Annual Meeting!