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TAG 43 Edinburgh!

15-17 December 2022 at the University of Edinburgh

Conference theme: ‘Revolutions’

V. Gordon Childe, circa 1930s.

With the Theoretical Archaeology Group conference being hosted in Edinburgh for the first time, we want to establish a link with the most famous archaeologist who has worked at our department: Vere Gordon Childe, with his concepts of the Neolithic and the urban ‘revolutions’. While views on these specific topics have shifted considerably over time, we think that ‘revolution(s)’ – understood here in a broad sense – is still a relevant concept within our discipline. While proposals for sessions and papers do not need to be restricted to this theme, with our call for revolutions we want to encourage reflection on the multiple dimensions that the term can encompass. These various meanings can include, but are not limited to: revolutions in the past; revolutions in our understanding, perceptions, and contemporary experiences of the past; revolutions in our conceptual and methodological approaches to the past; and revolutions in our professional practices, including aspects such ethics, inclusivity, and decolonisation.

Coming together

As you can imagine, organising a large in-person conference is still accompanied by many challenges and uncertainties due to the ongoing and ever-evolving Covid-19 situation. However, we are optimistic that, after a two-year gap, TAG can take place again in person. We have explored the possibility of a hybrid event, but unfortunately the costs would go far beyond the budget of a conference like TAG. We look forward to welcoming you in Scotland’s capital city, and to have the opportunity to keep developing the spirit of TAG: exchange ideas, get inspired and excited, meet old friends, and make new ones.

Schedule and updates

The Call for Papers is now open until the 31 July 2022. We will be adding content to our website and communicate it via our Twitter account (TAG43@Edinburgh) over the coming months, so watch out for more information and exciting plans about the conference! For any queries, please contact us at: tagedinburgh2022@gmail.com

Registration will open shortly, with a registration fee of £80 waged and £40 students/unwaged.

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