CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: TAG 2014 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Deadline January 17, 2014)

Announcing the annual meeting of the

North American Theoretical Archaeology Group
TAG USA, May 23-25, 2014
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In 2008, the TAG-USA group was formed and an inaugural conference held at Columbia University. The conference has grown each year and now provides a vibrant link between American and European archaeologists. This year, TAG is being hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Come together in Urbana for the 2014 meeting, May 23 – 25! It will be an inspiring and lively yet affordable meeting in the true tradition of TAG. The plenary, scheduled for the evening of May 23rd, will be transcendent. The Saturday night dance? Not-to-be missed. Two days of break-out sessions will be featured on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, attendees can take part in two new TAG events: the first is a Friday-evening “Theoretical Bar Crawl” featuring a series of prominent archaeologists in their natural state (with a prize to the winning crawler); the second will be a “TAG Post-Mortem” session! Finally, optional tours of the archaeological complexes of Cahokia and Emerald, 30 minutes from St. Louis, will be offered on Sunday the 25th or Monday the 26th, for anyone flying through St. Louis or wishing to make the 3-hour trip south of Urbana-Champaign.

2014 Theme: “Convergence”

The theme for TAG 2014 in Urbana-Champaign is “convergence.” Inspired by recent theoretical and technological developments, the theme is intended to open this year’s discussions, via the plenary. The TAG 2014 Plenary ‘Fundamental Convergences’ will take place Friday evening, May 23rd, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and will feature Benjamin Alberti, Mary Weismantel, Kim Tallbear, and Rosemary Joyce (as discussant).

Call for Papers

At this time, we invite
session proposals from organizers on any topic that falls within the purview of TAG. Go to the TAG 2014 website to begin. Session proposals are due by January 17, 2014. By February 2014, a list of sessions will be announced on this website, along with the session organizers’ email addresses. At that time, potential participants should send individual paper abstracts (max 300 words) directly to the session organizers by email (deadline March 7, 2014). Session organizers are responsible for selecting papers, and for sending the complete session roster along with all paper abstracts and titles to the TAG-UIUC committee by March 21, 2014. Session organizers, please note that break-out rooms will be equipped with PCs and LCD projectors. Organizers may also bring their own laptops and adapters necessary to plug in to the in-room systems. Requests for any AV equipment other than in-room computers should be made by March 21, 2014.
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