Keynote Speakers for Thursday 27th April:
Dr Colleen Morgan & Professor Shawn Graham
4.30pm BST Dr Colleen Morgan
Truth & Beauty Bombs: The personal/political/poetics of online communication in archaeologyAbstract: In the theatre of howling outrage that is post-Trump-Brexit-Erdogan-etc social media can we hope to create and communicate meaningful interventions in archaeology?Biography: Colleen Morgan is the Centre for Digital Heritage Postdoctoral Research Fellow and an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She conducts research on digital media and archaeology, with a special focus on embodiment, avatars, genetics and bioarchaeology. She is interested in building archaeological narratives with emerging technology, including photography, video, mobile and locative devices. Through archaeological making she explores past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding issues of authority, authenticity, and identity.
5pm BST Professor Shawn GrahamCan public archaeology be ‘done’ by a machine?Abstract: Is it still public archaeology if it’s written by a machine? With a machine? For a machine? In this piece, my bots and I wonder about the way we are ensnared online and off in meshworks and correspondences, juxtapositions and transductions, of power and data, and what this might mean. Where does the human end and the machine begin? We wonder about creativity and procedural generation and the essentially algorithmic nature of archaeology. We offer no answers, but maybe, pose the right questions.Biography: Shawn Graham is a confused Digital, Roman, Archaeologist hiding in the Department of History at Carleton University carleton.ca. Once upon a time he studied stamped bricks as proxies for power and control of land and resources around Rome. Nowadays, he’s fascinated by computer generated art, procedural design, methods, and theory. He thinks out loud about these things at electricarchaeology.ca. He’s working on building a new journal called ‘Epoiesen’ as a venue for creative engagements with history and archaeology, and is also building an integrated virtual computer and text book for teaching digital archaeology called ODATE (https://electricarchaeology.ca/?s=odate ). This keeps him busy and somewhat out of trouble.
Timetable for Friday 28th April
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PATC Timetable 2 (updated 10 April)