• Nijo Castle - Great Eastern Gate / Peter Lee / CC BY-NC-SA; https://flic.kr/p/8kY3pD


Theme 09: Theory for the Future

Cornelius Holtorf (Linnaeus University) and Güneş Duru (Galatasaray University)

Archaeological theory is no longer defined in terms of a number of strong dichotomies that were prevalent during the second half of the 20th century: old and new, processual and interpretive, critical and scientistic archaeologies, to name but a few… The theme “Theory for the Future” will encompass sessions that explicitly seek to break new ground for archaeological theory.

We particularly encourage sessions that:

  • include both junior and senior archaeologists from different parts of the world;
  • create debate about the present and likely future status and character of archaeological theory;
  • address topics that are globally relevant;
  • draw on ideas published, at least in parts, in other languages than English;
  • introduce new concepts and express new concerns for archaeological theory;
  • discuss implications of established or emerging archaeological theories for various challenges of archaeological practice;
  • take up the specific needs of future societies and how archaeological theory can contribute to meeting them.

Archaeological theory needs abstract presentations but it needs lively discussion even more. All sessions are therefore strictly required to include ample time for discussion. Session organizers are encouraged to enlist discussants followed by time for open debate. Plenary discussions and small roundtables are welcome too. Theory for the future means debate for the future.

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