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CFP: ARC 31.2 Landscapes and People

Archaeological Review from Cambridge Vol. 31.2
November 2016: Landscapes & People

Landscapes are dynamic, meaningful, socially constructed understandings of space, which incorporate elements of the physical world with human perception. In recent years, archaeology has seen an expansion of landscape-oriented research, though many of these projects use different types of evidence and methods. ARC 31.2 seeks to examine new advances in landscape studies within archaeology, and re-evaluate how landscapes are approached and employed in the discipline.

Archaeologists have attempted to reconstruct ancient cultural landscapes using a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches ranging from geomorphological models to phenomenological investigations. A significant complication to both of these approaches, however, is a fundamental incompatibility between contemporary understandings of landscape and the targeted ancient landscapes they seek. How archaeologists construct and make use of evidence – from digital elevation models to the sensorium – have profound impact on the archaeological landscapes they bring to life.

Volume 31.2 of the Archaeological Review from Cambridge seeks to bring together a variety of archaeological approaches to the study of people in past landscapes. We invite submissions from researchers working in any regional or chronological context involved in archaeologies of landscape, geomorphology, palaeoenvironment, spatial relationships and human senses. We especially welcome work that addresses the human element of past landscapes and seeks to marry archaeological science with humanist interpretation. Several potential themes relevant to this volume include, but are not limited to:
• Theories of space, place and landscape
• The production and use of evidence of human perception in the past
• Applications of archaeological science to humanist interpretations of the past
• Human-environmental interaction and its significance to ‘landscape’
• New methods and technologies in landscape reconstruction
• Critiques or appraisals of change within the discipline of ‘landscape archaeology’.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words describing your potential paper should be sent to Ian Ostericher ( by the 15th of November 2015. First drafts of papers (of no more than 4000 words) will be due in early March 2016 for November 2016 publication.

CFP: CHRONIKA Volume 6, Spring 2016

Chronika is an interdisciplinary, open access journal for graduate students studying the art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world. Chronika, like its parent organization the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (, encourages interdisciplinary dialogues and innovative approaches to the study of the past.

Call for Submissions
Chronika welcomes submissions from graduate students that address topics relevant to European and Mediterranean archaeology. Articles must be 3,000 to 4,000 words in length, should detail research at or above the Masters level, and may include up to ten images. To have your article considered for this year’s publication, please submit a 100 to 200 word abstract to by Friday, October 23, 2015. You will be notified if your article is selected by November 1. The publication schedule will proceed as follows:

December 15    First draft of full article is due.
January 21    Article is returned to author with comments.
February 21    Revised article is due.
April 2             Chronika launches in print and online.
A hard copy is mailed to each author shortly after this time.

Thank you for your interest in Chronika, and we look forward to receiving your submission. Please direct any inquiries to


Please visit Chronika on the web at

CFP: 6th Annual UCLA Interdisciplinary Archaeology Graduate Research Conference


February 5-6, 2016: University of California, Los Angeles
Keynote Address by Michelle Hegmon (Arizona State University)

For the 6th Annual UCLA Interdisciplinary Archaeology Research Conference, we invite students to explore the complexity of identity and personhood of past individuals, groups, and communities. Identities can be expressed in a variety of ways, including through foodways, architecture, body modification, and differential use of space, and because there is often a material correlate to expressions of identity, archaeology provides a unique opportunity to investigate the identities of past peoples and to contribute to a recursive dialogue on the meaning of identity, past and present.

Changing conceptions of identity in the modern world—exemplified in popular media by figures like Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal—inform academic debates about the factors that contribute to the construction of identity in the past, rendering necessary frequent return to the theme for critical analysis. Topics for presentation include, but are not limited to:

  • The differences between lived experiences of individuals in a community;
  • The role of gender/age/disability/etc. in the perpetuation of social, economic, and familial structures;
  • The relationship between community and ethnicity;
  • Diachronic changes in identity conceptions; and
  • Signaling social differentiation within and between communities.
Students from all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts, but preference will be given to those students who engage with the material record directly or present a relevant theoretical framework. Please submit an abstract (max. 250 words) for a 20-minute presentation, and a current CV to no later than November 1, 2015 deadline extended until November 15, 2015.
Hosted by the Graduate Student Association of Archaeology at UCLA

Fieldwork Opportunity: Kom Al-Ahmer and Kom Wasit


Season 2016: April 20th -May 19th and May 20th -June 15th
Kom al-
Ahmer, Beheira, Nile Delta, Egypt

The archaeological sites of Kom al-Ahmer and Kow Wasit are located in the Western Delta of Egypt, 50 km southeast of Alexandria, in the province of Beheira. In ancient times, this region was known as the Metelite nome and played a pivotal role on the trade routes that went through Alexandria and the Mediterranean Sea. The project includes work in two sites pertaining to the late Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods – two settlements inter-connected by their history. Kom Wasit was the administrative centre of the region during the late Pharaonic period until the early Roman period, when its inhabitants moved to the nearby settlement of Kom al-Ahmer. This became one of the wealthiest cities of the Metelite nome – perhaps its capital. Meterlis is the last nome capital yet to be located. Our mission is the first in 70 years to start a comprehensive study of these two sites. Archaeologists and Egyptologists are invited to join the team and share the search for the capital. Work will consist of: excavation, survey, conservation, and the study of material culture. Every participant will be assigned to an excavation unit and will be involved in all of the activities relevant to the dig: excavation – recording materials – onsite field documentation – photography – survey – cataloging of materials – cleaning and analysis of materials – report and date management.

For more information, please contact the mission directly (see information below). Those interested in participating must contact us before August 15th, 2015.

Coordinated by: il Centro Archeologico Italo-Egiziano, joint mission with the Universita di Padova.

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CFP: Bridging the Gap – Connecting Different Scales of Human Interaction

BU Archaeology Biennial Graduate Student Conference
The Graduate Student Association of Boston University’s Department of Archaeology invites papers for the Twelfth Biennial Graduate Student Conference on October 23-25, 2015. This conference series is intended to provide a forum for the discussion of current issues and perspectives in Archaeology and its related fields, including Anthropology, Art History, Near Eastern Studies, Museum Studies, Classics, Geography, and others from language and area studies.

This year’s theme addresses the need for understanding social, spatial, and temporal scales of human behavior. Scholars in archaeology and allied disciplines work in scales encompassing issues ranging from the individual to global populations, specific sites to landscapes, or individual texts placed within specific social milieu. A literary critic studying an individual text cannot understand it without examining the social context within which it was written. Similarly, an archaeologist cannot understand the material remains of past individuals without an understanding of the greater social networks within which these were embedded. In order to understand the complexity of human behavior, we must seek to better understand the interplay between these dimensions. In highlighting these issues during the conference, we expect to receive multi-, trans-, and interdisciplinary papers.

Topics for submission could include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily practices of individuals viewed through household remains
  • Social impacts of colonial religious conversions
  • Connections between diasporic individuals and their relationship to the larger homeland and culture
  • Material analysis of archaeological remains and their implications for larger cultural patterns

The conference will start with an address by our distinguished keynote speaker, Cynthia Robin on Friday, October 23rd.  On October 24th, the Graduate Students will present their papers. The conference will conclude with a round table forum on Sunday, October 25th with Dr. Robin, allowing conference presenters and attendees to discuss the presentations.

Papers are limited to 20 minutes and may address any time period, geographic area, or related theoretical issue. Please submit a typed abstract of up to 250 words via our online submission page listed below:

The deadline for abstracts this August 30, 2015. There is no registration fee for this conference. Selected participants will be notified by September 10th, and your full paper will be due by October 10, 2015.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at:

Graduate Student Conference Committee Department of Archaeology, Boston University 675 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

General conference information can be found at: