Cfp: Sensory Archaeology across Space and Time (TRAC December 2019)

Sensory Archaeology across Space and Time’

Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference

Date: Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 December 2019

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


The study of the past is currently experiencing a spatial and sensory turn, affecting the work of prehistorians, classical, medieval, and historical archaeologists alike. Across disciplines sensory archaeology allows us to engage with, and challenge, our knowledge of the past through experience and experimentation. Despite the benefits and a growing number of approaches developed by specialists in different fields, attempts to develop a diachronic conversation on the matter have been limited. The aim of this session is to bring together scholars from a variety of backgrounds to create a lively and challenging setting to discuss new theoretical and methodological approaches to sensory archaeology. By exploring an interdisciplinary and cross-period consensus, this session aims to advance the ongoing debate about the potential of this relatively new discipline to engage with specific themes across space and time.

The session invites proposals on three themes from any period; Experiences of ‘Body’, ‘Place’ and ‘Materials’. Papers encompassing multiple themes and engaging with the conference’s broader theme (Power, Knowledge and the Past) are particularly welcome. The session will adopt a mixed format. Each theme will contain 2-3 presentations, followed by a ‘hands-on’ session with multiple participants demonstrating a sensory approach. When submitting a proposal please indicate whether you would like to present a paper or a short workshop with an accompanying poster. Speakers who present a paper may also contribute to the workshop.Weencourage experimental approaches and the use of props/materials to embrace sensory engagement; these must be suitable for an indoor environment.

Deadline for paper proposals: 2 September 2019.

To submit a paper proposal or for more information please contact the session organisers on the email addresses below:

Session organisers:

Nicky Garland, Newcastle University (

Giacomo Savani, University of Leeds (

Adam Parker, Open University (

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