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7 octobre 2017

Until 10th November 2018 – EAA 2018 Barcelona, call for sessions

Filed under: ConfĂ©rences — HĂ©lĂšne Collet @ 18:18

After “building bridges” at Maastricht, it is now the time for “reflecting futures” at the EAA 2018 Annual Meeting in Barcelona (5-9 September). During this European Year of Cultural Heritage, let me encourage you to actively take part in what promises to be an exciting conference.

The call for sessions is now open here and you are welcome to submit your session proposal before the 10 November deadline. You will need your EAA credentials (ID, username and password) to sign in to the session submission module – please email if you need assistance in retrieving your credentials.

Barcelona has been an urban laboratory since the high Medieval Ages; a place of diversity, a backdrop for processes on multiple scales that reflect different ways of constructing the future. It is a city with a long experience of urban life and social innovations. From prehistory through to the present day, the city space of Barcelona has reflected the arising contemporary order, periods of subsequent disorder, struggles for workers’ rights, the development of modernist social identities, and alternative ways of living. Barcelona is a city that has constantly reinvented itself, from the early industrial era, through successive periods of strife such as the Tragic Week of 1909, May Day of 1937, the Spanish Civil War, the transition to democracy, the 1992 Olympics and until the present, Barcelona continues to experience new ways of reclaiming it’s regional identity for the city and its citizens. All of these phases within the social development of the city, together with its greatest asset, its creativity, are reflected in its urban layout, and the way it has taken shape.

Barcelona offers a rich template for EAA’s reflection of our future pasts, much in the way that archaeology does. As a profession, our reflection on the past enables and encourages thinking towards a reflection on how the future comes into existence. As archaeologists, we can also consider the future. Everyone falls in love with Barcelona. One way or another, this love affair has to do with how the future challenges and integrates the past whilst always staying relevant to the present. Barcelona is a perfect location for holding the 24th Annual Meeting of the EAA, the ideal setting for a European Association with a wide global ‘reach’ to consider how it can imagine new directions, using its ability to reflect on the past, in order to be able to reflect on the future.

The EAA Annual Meeting, Barcelona proposes six main themes for discussion, all of them with a focus on thinking from within the framework of Archaeology and Archaeological Heritage about our future. As always, the Annual Meeting will be a major event for our members and others. It will bring together archaeologists working in academic research and teaching, heritage management, commercial companies, publishing, regional and national museums, and others. The Annual Meeting in Barcelona will also seek to engage with the public at large, and will form a part of the Europe-wide celebrations marking the European Year of Cultural Heritage. EAA will develop new initiatives at Barcelona, one of which is the annual European Archaeology Fair (EAF). The conference will move us forward in this most modernist of cities, into an exciting future for Archaeology, a wonderful heritage resource that must extend its rich benefits to all those in society that we serve.

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