Eachtra Journal

ISSN 2009-2237

Second Meeting Theoretical Archaeology Group at Stanford, California, May 2009

March, 2009 · Written by: John Tierney Print This Page This entry is part 19 of 34 in the Issue 01

Stanford Archaeology Center is pleased to announce the second US meeting of the

Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG)

May 1-3, 2009

Stanford University, Palo Alto CA

The intention of this TAG conference is to provide a forum for the diverse and interesting theoretical perspectives that exist in the United States, and to bring together both Classical and anthropological archaeology. TAG was founded in Great Britain in 1979 with the aim of exploring inter-disciplinary theoretical issues and discussing their application and use in archaeological interpretation. It has always been an exploratory venue for progressive and innovative archaeological research. The annual conference meeting is an important part of the TAG mission and these meetings have recently started at universities in the United States, with the 2008 meeting being held at Columbia University in New York City.

TAG is centered around a plenary session in which a handful of scholars will comment on this year’s theme, “The Future of Things”. Our speakers include Rosemary Joyce (University of Berkeley), Stephen Shennan (University College London), Webb Keane (University of Michigan), and Michael Schiffer (University of Arizona).

Sessions on any theoretical theme are welcome and are not dictated by the topic of the plenary session. Session organizers will be responsible for selecting speakers, discussants, and organizing abstracts. There are several format options, such as sessions, workshops, or roundtable discussions and these can either be half-day (6-10 papers) or full day sessions (12-18 papers). The format of the session is entirely open to the organizer. Individuals wanting to present papers should contact session organizers for participation in a specific themed session. Session abstracts should not exceed 500 words and individual paper abstracts should be restricted to 250 words. The deadline for session abstracts is 15th November 2008, and the deadline for individual paper submissions is 15th February 2009. Please see the Call for Papers for details.

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