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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. Artefacts, Buildings and Ecofacts
2. Net Zero Archaeologies – Sustainability in the Past, Present & Future
3. Heritage Narratives & Representations
4. People of the Present – Peopling the Past
5. (Extreme) Environments – Islands, Coasts, Margins, Centres
6. Contested Pasts & Presents

1. Artefacts, Buildings & Ecofacts

  • Big data approaches
  • Archives and archiving
  • Interconnections between artefacts and ecofacts
  • Chaîne opératoire and the manufacturing processes
  • Trade, exchange, and consumption
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Human – Animal interactions
  • Human – Plant interactions
  • Post-anthropocentric approaches
  • Art expression
  • Archaeometry
  • Materialities of beliefs
  • Buildings and monuments
  • Multiscalar archaeologies

2. Net Zero Archaeologies – Sustainability in the Past, Present & Future

  • Sustainable archaeologies in the modern world
  • Sustainable museums and collections
  • Pre-carbon pasts, the carbon present and post-carbon futures 
  • Archaeology, adaptation and resilience – past and present 
  • New tools and methodologies for a sustainable and Net Zero future
  • Sustainability, equity and education
  • Human impacts on past environments
  • Causes and mechanisms of environmental change
  • Vernacular architecture
  • Palaeoecology
  • Archaeology, tourism and carbon mitigation
  • Past disparities
  • Applied archaeology
  • Sustainable archaeological careers and practices

3. Heritage Narratives & Representations

  • Archaeology and education
  • Archaeology and communities – whose archaeology is it anyway?
  • Public archaeologies and cultural heritage
  • Living history and experimental archaeology
  • Where are the dinosaurs? Communicating archaeology to the public
  • A never-ending story – Brexit and its continuing challenges
  • Heritage and museums in a post-pandemic world
  • Archaeology and its media presentation
  • Heritage and Dark Tourism
  • War and heritage
  • Heritage and wellbeing
  • Archaeology, literature and the Arts

4. People of the Present – Peopling the Past

  • Ethical representations of the past
  • Ethical standards in research and practice
  • Science and theory in the study of human remains
  • Theory and the fourth scientific revolution
  • Childhood in the past
  • Gender archaeologies
  • Intersectionality
  • Pandemics
  • Invisible people in the past – addressing inequalities and marginalised groups
  • Challenges in modern archaeology – professional conduct and practice
  • Challenges in modern archaeology – the higher education crisis
  • Challenges of demographic reconstruction
  • Posthumanism and its challenges

5. (Extreme) Environments – Islands, Coasts, Margins, Centres

  • Insularity, geography and island identities
  • Adaptation, agency and change
  • Microcosms
  • Understanding the role of the sea in coastal and island societies
  • Underwater archaeology
  • Maritime ships and ship-building traditions
  • Harvesting the sea and shoreline
  • Landscapes, skyscapes and seascapes
  • Comparative archaeologies
  • Archaeology in extreme environments
  • Coastal archaeology
  • Connectivity and networks

6. Contested Pasts & Presents

  • Legacies of Empire
  • Colonisers and the colonised
  • Indigenous archaeologies
  • Identity-formation, plurality and cultural heritage
  • Do cultures clash?
  • Co-existence and opposition
  • Borders and socio-political landscapes
  • Protecting whom? Fortifications and defence
  • Archaeology, peace-making and peace building
  • Archaeologies of resistance
  • Integration and separation
  • Diaspora formation processes
  • Comparing and decolonising archaeology
  • Archaeologies of religious conflicts

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.
  • One person may organise no more than one session as the first organiser, but may be co-organiser (2nd-5th organiser) 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 ONE contribution is normally allowed per delegate.
  • All session organisers and presenters, as well as all delegates at EAA Annual Meetings have to pay EAA membership and AM registration fees by the deadline set. After the deadline sessions / 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 with 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.

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

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 will secure filming facilities for sessions and the Opening Ceremony to be broadcast / streamed. Session organisers can opt out recording of their session. 

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

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