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The UCL Institute of Archaeology is delighted to host the 41st annual Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference in December 2019. Founded in 1937, the Institute is one of the largest centres for world archaeology, archaeological sciences and heritage & museum studies in the UK, situated in the heart of the capital.

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

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Monday, December 16
 

1:30pm GMT

TAG26 | Debating power and knowledge in archaeological curricula: A student-staff joint forum
Although demands to decolonise archaeological education are longstanding, recent years have seen a groundswell of student-led activist movements critiquing the nature of academic power and the power of the university curriculum. Calls of ‘why is my curriculum white?’ and ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ have spurred debate over legacies of institutional racism, equality of access to educational and career opportunities, and representation and acknowledgement of diverse student experiences, among other themes. These calls resonate with wider conversations within archaeology around sexual harassment in the field, the office, conference venue or classroom, gender and racial gaps in salary and educational attainment, and the expectations of collaborative knowledge production across geographical and cultural contexts.

Building on dialogues that have emerged out of this year’s SAAs and TRAC, in this session, students and staff will jointly explore the nature of power and knowledge at this nexus of pedagogy and archaeological practice. Taking the form of a round table moderated by one student and one faculty member, the session encourages discussion of topics including (but not limited to) curriculum content; access to and inclusion within field-based teaching; incorporating student perspectives in teaching strategies; educational media and teaching delivery; and practices of establishing and critiquing expertise in the classroom.

Submissions for participation in this session should come from faculty and students, and should take the form of 1) a statement of interest (max 250 words) in participating in the session; and 2) a set of 2-5 questions to pose to the group, which will form the basis of group discussion with a view to developing a set of action points. Session participants will be expected to adhere to TAG@UCL-IoA’s code of conduct, and should treat this foremost as a collaborative forum.

Organisers: Rachel King; UCL Institute of Archaeology • Alice Stevenson; UCL

13:30 | Rachel King, UCL Institute of Archaeology; Alice Stevenson, UCL | Debating power and knowledge in archaeological curricula: A student-staff joint forum

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Speakers
RK

Rachel King

UCL Institute of Archaeology


Monday December 16, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm GMT
Room 828 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL
 
Tuesday, December 17
 

9:30am GMT

ESRI: No Stress GIS! #1 **Booking required**
**Attendees must book in advance on Evenbrite**

Knowing where finds come from is fundamental to theorising about them. Yet many of us still feel underprepared using GIS for plotting our data in space and time. This workshop covers the basics of quick and easy mapping, digital data collection and visualisation for archaeologists. If you’re:
  • Planning a dissertation
  • Wondering how to make your next poster presentation stand out
  • Want to save time in the field with data collection
  • Increase the impact of your research
  • Or simply need better maps  
Come along and experience… GIS WITHOUT the stress! No prior experience necessary and no software installation required.


Tuesday December 17, 2019 9:30am - 1:00pm GMT
PC Lab 2 (Level 4, in IOE Library) 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL

2:00pm GMT

ESRI: No Stress GIS! #2 **Booking required**
**Attendees must book in advance on Evenbrite**

Knowing where finds come from is fundamental to theorising about them. Yet many of us still feel underprepared using GIS for plotting our data in space and time. This workshop covers the basics of quick and easy mapping, digital data collection and visualisation for archaeologists. If you’re:
  • Planning a dissertation
  • Wondering how to make your next poster presentation stand out
  • Want to save time in the field with data collection
  • Increase the impact of your research
  • Or simply need better maps  
Come along and experience… GIS WITHOUT the stress! No prior experience necessary and no software installation required.


Tuesday December 17, 2019 2:00pm - 5:30pm GMT
PC Lab 2 (Level 4, in IOE Library) 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL

2:00pm GMT

Objective fail: material stories of things going wrong
Those wishing to attend this workshop should gather shortly before 2pm at the meeting point near to the conference registration desk in the foyer of the Institute of Education. The group will then progress to the Octagon Gallery just after 2pm.

The workshop will commence with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Octagon Gallery, led by the curators which will be followed by a handling sessions with some of the objects, artworks, specimens and items that had been considered for the exhibition but failed to be selected.

These material encounters will enable participants to critically examine what failure means in different contexts and in particular to interrogate the frequently and unquestioningly used, simplistic perspectives of failure as either a disaster or a useful learning experience. Such perspectives rely on an unspoken assumption that we all know, and agree upon, what failure is, which directly responds to the theme of this year’s TAG meeting, as it highlights the inherent power dynamics behind what it means to succeed or to fail.

During the workshop participants will be invited to link their own stories of failure, whether personal, professional or imagined, with one of the objects they encounter. These stories will then form the jumping off point for a critical conversation on the role failure plays/played in the past, present and future. We will aim to capture the content of this conversation in a creative and participatory way so that it can be shared with others not attending the session.

Organiser details:

Thomas Kador, UCL, t.kador@ucl.ac.uk
Vesna Lukic, Middlesex University, v.lukic@mdx.ac.uk
Coinciding with an exhibition at the UCL Octagon Gallery focusing on the topic of failure (on show October 2019 to February 2020) this workshop invites participants to engage hands-on with failure as a concept.

Tuesday December 17, 2019 2:00pm - 5:30pm GMT
Conference meeting point near to registration desk UCL Institute of Education (IOE) 20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0A
 
Wednesday, December 18
 

10:00am GMT

Making archaeological comics **BOOKING REQUIRED**
** Please register using Eventbrite if you wish to attend this workshop ** 

This workshop starts at 10am and finishes at 12:30pm (including a 30 min coffee break)

This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in making comics relating to archaeology. The session will start with a series of 5-minute presentations by the workshop leaders, outlining their process of making comics. This will be followed by a short panel discussion.

The practical element of the workshop will include a series of drawing games and a chance for participants to plan, thumbnail or draw a short comic. Participants are welcome to work on comics arising from their own research, or to use suggestions provided on the day.

No drawing experience necessary.


Workshop Organisers:
Hannah Sackett (hannah.sackett@btinternet.com)
John Swogger (jgswogger@gmail.com)

Workshop Leaders:
Matt Hitchcock (University of Manchester)
Nick Overton (University of Manchester)
Hannah Sackett (Cartoonist and educator)
John Swogger (Archaeological Illustrator)
Katy Whitaker (University of Reading)


Wednesday December 18, 2019 10:00am - 12:30pm GMT
Room 790 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL

1:00pm GMT

Journal of Contemporary Archaeology: Meet the Editors
Meet with editors of the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology (Rodney Harrison, Alfredo González-Ruibal and Esther Breithoff) at the journal’s stand in the exhibition hall to discuss potential paper submissions, book, exhibition and film reviews, and/or themed issues and sections and to learn more about the journal’s aims and scope https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JCA/about

Speakers
EB

Esther Breithoff

Birkbeck, University of London
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Rodney Harrison

Professor of Heritage Studies, University College London
Rodney Harrison is Professor of Heritage Studies at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow. He is Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures Research Programme; Director of the Heritage Futures Laboratory at UCL; Co-coordinator... Read More →


Wednesday December 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm GMT
Exhibitor's hall (Jeffrey Hall) 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL