#PATC3 Call For Papers

Archaeology as Storytelling

The very real excitement that can surround archaeology, for both archaeologists and members of the public, is often blurred or overwhelmed by the detail and time involved in the processing of archaeological finds, site management, long and unwieldy reports, neglected archives and delayed or drawn-out projects. Creating a story out of your work can be challenging, and #PATC3 aims to find out if a conference of archaeological stories, based on archaeological evidence, can both engage participants and transmit archaeological knowledge in a way that does not dilute the science and rigour behind the narrative.

For #PATC3, we welcome proposals for tweeted papers that:

  • use storytelling to bring existing data to life;
  • demonstrate the benefits of taking a narrative approach to archaeological data and interpretation;
  • show how storytelling can be a useful tool for co-production of knowledge;
  • investigate the different media that can help stories be told;
  • make us laugh, cry, surprise or shock us!

To take part, please send your proposal to: lorna.richardson@uea.ac.uk

Please send us your proposals by Friday 15 December 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to also use the contact page or tweet us @LornaRichardson or @James__Dixon

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We are holding this conference to continue our attempts to challenge the status quo in terms of communication, diversity and inclusivity. After all, conference attendance has many issues, such as funding and accessibility, so these formats can contribute information which can be used to make archaeology more accessible within as well as outside the profession.

Conferences that cost over £400 to attend are no longer financially viable for most people. Conferences that charge large fees and discuss public and community archaeology are excluding the participants, communities and colleagues with whom we work who do not have access to travel and conference funds, those with caring responsibilities, those with disabilities, or simply those who do not have enough time to travel long distances. There needs to be an alternative.

The hashtag for the conference will be #PATC3.

See you on the 31st January!

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