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Themes of the Annual Meeting

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. Archaeologists and Archaeology Here and Now
2. [Re]integration
3. The Carpathian Basin: Integration, Mobility and Diversity
4. Polis, Empire, League and Beyond – Living in Interconnected Societies
5. Climate Change and Socioenvironmental Perspectives
6. A Decade after the ‘Third Science Revolution in Archaeology’

1. Archaeologists and Archaeology Here and Now

New Challenges for Archaeologists

  • Challenges to the discipline and learning environment: archaeology and the higher education crisis
  • Challenges to the profession: career structures for archaeologists, salaries, NGOs
  • Challenges in representation and conduct: social inequality and professional behaviour
  • Challenges in contemporary uses of the past: pseudoarchaeology, fake archaeology, aliens, populism, toxic nationalism
  • Challenges after Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic – surviving? reviving?

Heritage Management

  • Different traditions in heritage management in Europe – How to combine/reconcile?
  • Archaeological strategies, best practice, community-based practice
  • Protect, re-evaluate, revitalise our common heritage, interpretation and tourism
  • Selection, storage, scrapping, processing, interpretation, presentation
  • Heritage management in urban spaces
  • Economic and political implications, pressure and reactions, changes in legislation (developers and public interests)
  • New opportunities for cooperation
  • New, innovative initiatives in public outreach / pathways to successful impact

Ethics

  • Ethical standards – ethics in research, outreach, representation
  • Ethical-moral actions
  • Ethically immoral actions (against identity, livelihood, property, material culture, the dead) in the past and present
  • Destruction of material goods, of possessions, the targeted devastation or demolition of residential buildings, villages, settlements or workshops and agricultural land
  • Different ethical codes and practices
  • Archaeologists and communities, social value, society, communication/collaboration between indigenous peoples and the archaeological establishment
  • Protection of cultural property or the non-disposal of cultural property, identity-forming cultural heritage
  • Political correctness, local people, post-colonial world
  • Complexity of dealing with human remains – from sampling (the right to sample) to exhibitions
  • Datasets and access to datasets, archives

 

2. [Re]integration

  • Theoretical problems on transitions
  • Traces of transition periods – strengths and weaknesses
  • How the processes of (re)integration took place, how actions and communications between different groups occurred and whether they were accompanied by social or other conflicts?
  • Re-use of landscape/environment: e.g. fortified settlements (from Palaeolithic to post medieval times), roads, infrastructures
  • Adaptive reuse in historic urban landscape
  • Borderlines (liminal regions, frontier contacts)
  • Integrating the public to a profession: public archaeology

3. The Carpathian Basin: Integration, Mobility and Diversity

  • Interpreting material culture, applying theoretical approaches, exploring the latest scientific results in this region
  • Cultural heterogeneity and subsistence strategies in different landscapes of the Carpathian Basin
  • Interconnections between cultures and peoples
  • The region’s role in cultural reception, transformation and transmission in Europe
  • Integration and separation
  • Centre and periphery (in light of archaeological records)
  • Near and far areas in Eurasia with the Carpathian Basin

4. Polis, Empire, League and Beyond – Living in Interconnected Societies

  • Roman Empire: Romanisation revised, globalisation or glocalisation, local identity vs. Roman identity
  • The legacy of the ancient cultures of the Romans
  • Roman Archaeology’s recent popularity in relation to globalisation?
  • Egypt, Assyria, Byzantium, Mongols, Turks, etc.
  • Classical archaeology: indigenous populations and new foundations, archaeology of myth, mobility of craftworkers
  • Legal and informal organisations 
  • Trade and exchange, influences 
  • Cultures, ideas, material culture 
  • Mobility, indigenous/immigrant populations, challenges of living together
  • 'The afterlife of empire’ (former European colonies, repatriation)

 

5. Climate Change and Socioenvironmental Perspectives

  • Good practices, lessons from the past – adaptation
  • Sustainability
  • Models for resiliency
  • Reading the landscape’s sustainable use and re-use of landscapes
  • Perilous waters: dehydration, flooding, melting, irrigation, water level fluctuation and rising
  • Human related changes in environment and landscapes: arable lands, forests, pastures, raw material
  • Cultural landscapes: roads and crossings, settlements, harbours, bridges
  • Agriculture and foraging
  • Integration and adaptation to environmental changes
  • Geoarchaeology and bioarchaeology

6. A Decade after the ‘Third Science Revolution in Archaeology’

  • Digital Humanities – Big Data
  • New quantitative modelling approaches
  • The possibilities and challenges of bioarchaeology for understanding the past
  • Critique, critical revisions, problems
  • Is it time for a humanities revolution?

The following main principles for sessions apply:

  • The maximum modular length of sessions and round tables is limited to full-day (4 blocks of 2 hours each, containing up to 28 oral presentations).
  • 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 organise a session. Non-members must become EAA members and register for the Annual Meeting (i.e., pay the conference registration fee) by the deadline set.
  • One person may organise no more than one session as the first organiser, but may be co-organiser (2nd-5th author) of one other session.
  • Session co-organisers should be from more than one country.
  • Maximum number of session organisers is 5, including the main organiser.
  • A maximum of two contributions is normally allowed per delegate.
  • All presenters, as well as all delegates at EAA Annual Meetings have to pay EAA membership and AM registration fees by 21 April 2022. After this dates contributions will be cancelled.

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  consists of 1, 2, 3 or 4  2-hours blocks and contains up to 28 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.

Sessions with pre-circulated papers
Papers to be pre-circulated before the Annual Meeting allowing informed discussion in person.

Session with presentations of 6 slides in 6 minutes
6 minutes presentations followed by discussion.

Session with keynote presentation and discussion
Regular session / discussion session - keynote lecture (to be submitted within the system; usually 30 minutes) followed by regular papers and/or discussion.

Discussion session with formal abstracts
Discussion session is an interactive event organised around a specific theme, formal presentations are required. Abstracts need to be submitted within the system.

Round table
Round table is an interactive event organised around a specific and tightly focused theme. There are no formal contributions submitted, session organisers only need to provide a list of confirmed discussants. Round tables are to be held in small rooms.

Workshop
Interactive format, session organisers need to inform of the needs.

Other
Format to be specified by session organisers, to be evaluated by the Scientific Committee.

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.

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