CFP: The Meeting of the North American Theoretical Archaeology Group, Toronto 2017


Theoretical Archeological Group—North America
The Medium is the Message: Media and Mediation in Archaeology
May 18-20, 2017

Our website is live at and accepting submissions.

Session proposal deadline: January 15, 2017
Paper abstract submission deadline (to session organizers): March 15, 2017
Completed session rosters due: March 15, 2017
Early bird AND participants registration deadline: March 15, 2017

You can also follow us for updates on twitter, at @TAG2017Toronto and on facebook, at TAG North America.


In recognition of the contributions of Toronto scholar Marshall McLuhan, the theme of the meeting is:
“The Medium is the Message: Media and Mediation in Archaeology.”

The theme is intentionally broad and highlights how existence is profoundly conditioned by the material world, an issue that has been of central concern to archaeologists as well as to posthumanists and new materialists in other disciplines.  In the oft cited aphorism, “the medium is the message,” University of Toronto philosopher Marshall McLuhan (1964) intended to stress how technologies, especially print and later digital media, transformed human cognition and social organization.  In a similar vein, archaeological publications commonly declare that social relations, political inequality, and structures of practice were “mediated” by landscapes, ecologies, and assemblages of things and technical orders.  In a sense, mediation becomes synonymous with process itself.  In a recent publication, Arjun Appadurai (2015) has critiqued Latour and other proponents of the material turn, and he proposes that a focus on “mediants” and “mediation” permits more historically sensitive analyses of the formation of diverse social collectives entangling people, places, and things.  At the same time, archaeological research is an inherently mediated enterprise, for interpretation relies on the traces and material signs of past practices.  As Zoë Crossland recently noted (2014: 3): “Archaeology is the exemplary discipline of signs, spinning narratives of past worlds around the material detritus left in the wake of human lives.”  Thus a diverse number of sessions could be considered, ranging from the effects of new digital media on archaeological inference to the problems inherent in archaeological attempts to mediate or translate indigenous lifeways.

Session themes could also address: mediation and materiality; media and aesthetics; the politics of mediatization; mediation as semiosis, media of archaeological interpretation, trace as medium, media of religion and ideology; the present as medium of the past (space as medium of time  and history)—and so forth.

In appreciation of the first President of the University of Toronto, Daniel Wilson (who is credited with coining the term “prehistory”), sessions exploring the history of archaeological thought would also be welcome, along with themes not directly related to media and mediation.

Works Cited
Appadurai, Arjun  2015.  Mediants, Materiality, Normativity.  Public Culture 27(2): 221-237.
Crossland, Zoë  2014  Ancestral Encounters in Highland Madagascar: Material Signs and Traces of the Dead.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
McLuhan, Marshall  1964.  Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. New York: McGraw Hill.

CFP: Ohio State Classics Graduate Student Conference – NEW DATES

What Does Evil Look Like? Horror, Macabre, and Ideological Control throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World

NEW Date: March 24 – 26, 2017
Location: The Ohio State University
NEW Abstract Submission Deadline: January 3, 2017

What was the role of evil and what did it look like in the ancient world? What good came from looking upon and exploring evil? Can evil be good, misinterpreted, or effectively reinterpreted?
The Department of Classics at The Ohio State University invites paper proposals for its 2016 Graduate Student Conference, “What Does Evil Look Like? Horror, Macabre, and Ideological Control throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World”. The goal of this conference is to investigate the presence of evil in its manifold forms be they physical, artistic, poetic, historical, architectural, psychological, religious, profane, or philosophical.

We invite submissions from graduate students in all disciplines, including: Classics, History, Byzantine Studies, Art History, Reception Studies, Archaeology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Near Eastern Studies, and Judaic Studies.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Evil’s effects and affects
  • Corruption and control in ancient government
  • Suppression and oppression
  • The banality of evil
  • Morality’s relationship with evil
  • Fear, death, and disgust
  • Heroes and gods who do evil
  • Invective and free speech

Please send a 150-200-word abstract, a short CV, and any queries to [email protected] by January 3, 2017. Presentations will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.

We will notify applicants of acceptance or rejection by January 10, 2017.



CFP: Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) Conference Feb 17-19, 2017 in Nicosia, Cyprus

Environment, Landscape and Society: Diachronic Perspectives on Settlement Patterns in Cyprus

Description: workshop and publication on diachronic landscape analyses in the eastern Mediterranean, organized by the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) and the Cyprus Institute.

Date: 17-19 February 2017, to be held at CAARI in Nicosia, Cyprus

How did people choose where to live? What environmental, social and economic factors went into the decisions to build a settlement, and why were settlements abandoned? The aim of this workshop is to investigate the changing patterns of human interaction with their physical environment from prehistory into historic periods (into the medieval period). It seeks to clarify the ways in which societies balanced landscape, natural resources, and the needs of social groups, and the impact these relationships had in shaping and reshaping settlement location and layout, economic development, ritual patterns, and was a key factor in establishing territoriality. We invite diachronic approaches to establish how and why communities chose to live in certain places and engage in certain economies at any given time. We aim to compare a range of settlements in their environmental and landscape (and seascape) contexts from Cyprus, test hypotheses about how and why humans chose to settle in particular places and demonstrate how this affected social change. The organizers are especially interested in studies that show explicit relationships between settlement patterns, uses of the landscape and environmental factors.

The diachronic nature of this conference means that papers will be accepted from a wide range of periods, from early prehistory to the medieval period, and we are particularly interested in a broad representation of disciplines.

A 300-word abstract should be sent to:
[email protected] and [email protected]

before 1 October 2016 for consideration by the Steering Committee. Abstracts submitted after the deadline may be accepted or rejected at the discretion of the Committee.

Abstracts should include:

  1. the name and full contact details and affiliation of the contributor
  2. the title of the proposed paper
  3. what the proposed paper intends to cover
  4. an outline of the approach

Individual presentations will be limited to 20 minutes with additional time for questions.

We expect that some travel funding will be available to qualified participants and it is anticipated that the proceedings of this workshop will be published as part of the CAARI Monograph Series.

CFP: 2017 AIA Annual Meeting

The final deadline for all submissions for the 2017 AIA Annual Meeting, which will be held in Toronto, Canada from January 5-8 is rapidly approaching. Submissions are still being accepted for workshops and open session paper or poster presentations. We would also like to encourage undergraduate students to submit to the undergraduate poster and paper sessions.

Deadline for Submissions – Sunday, August 7, 2016 and Sunday, August 21, 2016 (with $25 fee)

Full details on all submission types and requirements are available in the Annual Meeting section of our website. Questions about the online submission process may be directed to [email protected] All submitters are encouraged to review the Call for Papers (available at prior to submitting. Submission forms can be accessed at

All submissions must be completed by August 21st and the administrative fee must be paid for any paper submitted after the August 7th deadline.

* View the 2017 Call for Papers:
* Online Submission Forms: