We invite whoever is interested in Public Archaeology issues to submit papers on any topic concerned with the relationship between archaeology and the wider world, as well as papers related to our Topic of the year.
Call for Papers & Topic of the Year
Our choice for 2016 is “Small but Kind of Mighty”. Projects that work, and have enormous impact on the community they act in or society at large, “start small”, but are conceived by people who “think big”. Then they may choose either to stay small or to grow, but in both cases they can prove influential and powerful.
Last spring during MuseumWeek 2015 the whole world heard about Massaciuccoli, a tiny little village in northern Tuscany hosting what remains of a superb Roman villa, which was capable of ranking first in the world in terms of numbers of tweets, beating giants such as the British Museum and the Louvre. Its secret? The director of the local Museum involved the whole village in the experience, and literally everybody, no matter what age or inclinations, was madly twitting for a whole week.
Moving to the other side of the pond, what about some of the biggest museums in the world that started as mere visionary enterprises? What about the Metropolitan Museum in New York, created from scratch in 1870 in order to bring art and art education to the American people?
We are interested in any good small Public Archaeology project, provided that its powerful impact on society is clearly measured, analysed and described based on sound theory and methodology. We accept papers on significant management and communication activities in museums, archaeological areas or archaeological excavations. Papers should draw conclusions beyond the individual case study and critically discuss applicability and repeatability in the context of archaeology today.
The deadline for paper submission has been postponed to June 20, 2016.
Public Archaeology is a nascent area of studies which gained larger currency and academic credibility in the 1990s, mostly among the Anglo-Saxon academic circles. If you are interested in learning more about the history of the discipline and its theoretical framework, have a look at the following publications:
- C. BONACCHI 2009, Archeologia pubblica in Italia. Origini e prospettive di un ‘nuovo’ settore disciplinare, Ricerche Storiche, 2-3, pp. 329-350.
- T. SCHADLA-HALL 1999, Editorial: Public Archaeology, European Journal of Archaeology, 2(2), pp. 147-158.
- T. SCHADLA-HALL 2006, Public archaeology in the Twenty-First Century, in R. LAYTON, S. SHENNAN, P. STONE (eds), A Future for Archaeology: the Past in the Present, London, pp. 75-82.
- MATSUDA, K. OKAMURA 2011, Introduction: new perspectives in global public archaeology, in K. OKAMURA, A. MATSUDA (eds), New Perspectives in Global Public Archaeology, New York, pp. 1-18.
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