2012 Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference
Call for Papers
Archaeological Insights and Civic Engagement:
Saturday, 6 October 2012, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Hosted by the Illinois State Archaeological Survey/Prairie Research Institute and Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois
The theme for the 2012 Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference is public engagement. Our focus explores the numerous approaches taken by historic archaeologists to educate non-archaeologists about how archaeological information provides insights into past lives and events throughout the Midwest. In doing so, we seek to address the challenges of attaining meaningful civic engagement that goes beyond mere dissemination of findings.
This year, we have divided the conference into two distinct parts. The morning session will center on a series of more formal 20-minute presentations covering specific examples of public outreach archaeology here in the Midwest, followed by an open discussion forum.
For the afternoon session, we would like to try something a little different --- a round of Lightning Talks, a newer format that has become increasingly popular at recent meetings. For this session, each presented paper will be limited to no more than 20 slides and only 5 minutes of presentation time, followed by a few minutes of open discussions and conversation with the audience. This is a great, and surprisingly challenging way, to present your research and data to a larger audience, and to let people know what you are doing without the tension and formality of a typical 15-20 minute presentation. Topics for these presentations will be open to any historical archaeology subject, but with preference given to those relating to work in the Midwest region.
Finally, we will also be offering space for your posters, which can be stand-alone documents or coupled with the other presentation formats. Again, topics are open for this session.
If you are interested in participating in this year’s conference, please contact Mark Branstner at the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and provide the following information: Preferred Format (20 minute presentation / Lightning Talk / Poster), Author(s), Title and Abstract, and the Author(s)’ affiliation.
Mark C. Branstner / 217-244-0892 / email@example.com
[posted July 31, 2012]