Call for Papers: Archives and Archaeology – sources from the past, tools for the future
Deadline: 15th of February 2016
European Association of Archaeologists Annual Congress, Vilnius, 31st August–4th September 2016.
Topic: Theoretical and methodological perspectives in archaeology
Keywords: archives, collections, history of archaeology
In this session we are exploring theoretical and methodological approaches to archive-based studies as well as the conceptualization and use(s) of archives. The importance of archives for archaeological research and field practice is undisputed in present-day archaeology. Nevertheless archival sources are often neglected and/or underused. Archives are essential for historians of archaeology, but at the same time they are also invaluable for the everyday practice of archaeologists. The process of archiving is one of the most important features of archaeology and it has had a great influence on the professionalization of the discipline. However, various archival aspects are often overlooked. For example, it has been common practice to separate documents and artifact collections when archiving when they should in fact be included in the archives together as equally important archaeological data. This greatly impacts anyone who studies the past of a particular site, biography of an archaeologist or the history of archaeology in general. In addition, the archive can work as a resource connecting the past, present and future of our discipline. Archives can also provide a starting point for research projects. The starting point for this session is the broad definition of an archive: archaeological records including documents, finds and museum collections. We welcome papers from scholars working with historic as well as contemporary archival sources and we also encourage broad-based humanistic views and interdisciplinary perspectives on archives. By exploring the archive as a concept and by combining various types of archival materials, we can redefine the archive as a resource and gain a new perspective on archive-based research studies.
Author – Gustavsson, Anna, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden (Presenting author)
Co-author(s) – Mihajlović, Vladimir, Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
Co-author(s) – de Tomasi, Francesca, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Naples, Italy
Topic – Theoretical and methodological perspectives in archaeology
Link to the the session “Archives and Archaeology – sources from the past, tools for the future”: http://eaavilnius2016.lt/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/921.pdf
Link to the general theme: Theoretical and methodological perspectives in archaeology: http://eaavilnius2016.lt/3-theoretical-and-methodological-perspectives-in-archaeology-th3/