TAG 2019: Slow Archaeology Call for Papers

3-5 May 2019, Syracuse, NY

A downloadable PDF copy of the Call for Papers is available here TAG 2019 CFP

Slow Archaeology

Archaeology, along with other disciplines in the humanities and sciences, has kept pace with the accelerated and accelerating tempos and rhythms of the modern world. This acceleration has produced what some have called “fast science,” characterized as “managerial, competitive, data-centric, technocratic, and alienated from the societies it serves and studies” (Cunningham and MacEachern 2016:4). Critiques of these accelerations have emerged as offshoots of the broader “slow movement” in the sciences that call for the multivalent benefits—in theory, method, practice, publication, and teaching—of “decelerating” archaeology. Advocates for slow science—and slow archaeology in particular—highlight the importance of social relationships, long-term engagements (both social and material), and careful contemplation and collaboration. Please visit about slow archaeology for a full discussion, bibliography, and reading list.

Call for Sessions and Papers

We welcome sessions and papers that engage in any/all issues encompassed by the broad scope of “slow” approaches to archaeology (and related approaches to knowing the past/present). A direct/overt engagement with slow theory and approaches is not necessary, and of course critical perspectives on the potentials/problems of this are welcome. Sessions and papers may engage with any number of topics that draw together the contributions of the ontological turn, with a consideration of the ethics, consequences, opportunities and emancipatory potential of its articulation,  for example: The Politics, Ethics and Political Potential of New Materialist Archaeologies; Slowing down Multiscalar Analysis: Entangling Micro and Macro historical approaches; Theorizing “care” in archaeological practice (from analytical methods, to disciplinary labor relations); Slow Collaboration in an Accelerating Academic Structure; Fast Effects and The Anthropocene; Archaeologies of Tempo and Rhythm.

Sessions:

Proposals for sessions may include up to 12 papers at 20 minutes in length each. Each session proposal should include a 250-word abstract and a title at time of registration. If you are co-organizing a session, only ONE organizer should submit the session when they register. All TAG sessions will be open sessions, meaning colleagues can propose a paper for your session. We encourage participants to reach out to session organizers about their interest BEFORE submitting a paper to their sessions.

Please check the “Sessions and Abstracts” page for a current list of proposed/accepted sessions.

ALL SESSION PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY January 15th, 2019.

Papers:

Proposals for 20-minute papers should include a title, list of authors, and a 250-word abstract. Authors who wish to participate in an existing session should contact the session organizers directly. If the paper is not proposed as part of a session (i.e. a General Submission), the conference organizers will assign the paper to an appropriate session (in coordination with session organizers) or create a new session for papers of a similar topic.

ALL PROPOSED PAPERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY March 1st, 2019.

Artist Proposals:

We invite artist proposals for artworks related to the topic(s) of “slow archaeology,” broadly construed. Please fill out the registration form, and provide a title and description of your proposed work. Given the unique needs of artist proposals, please contact us directly to help coordinate, and for information regarding exhibition space and resources available to facilitate your proposal.

ALL ARTIST PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY January 15th, 2019.

 

For more information, contact us at: tag2019@maxwell.syr.edu.