3-5 November 2017 Heritage, Art, Memory, and Agency Amsterdam

3-5 November 2017 
CHAT 2017 Heritage, Art, Memory, and Agency

1 EC

CHAT 2017 —Heritage, Memory, Art, and Agency— will explore the relationship between contemporary and historical archaeology and cultural memory narratives. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to artefacts and people, examining the agency of art, and how humans, material culture, and non-human actors interact to form identities, and to create, perpetuate, and or challenge social hierarchies, taboos, and a sense of place.

The conference will be hosted by Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM). AHM is a dynamic, interdisciplinary and transnational research school that brings together researchers working in diverse areas including: Heritage and memory studies, Archaeology, Museum studies, Arts and Media, Conflict and Identity, Transnational and Intergenerational Memory, Digital Heritage and E-memory. The proposed conference theme of Heritage, Art, Memory, and Agency reflects the interdisciplinary and international nature of the research school, and the desire to discuss ways in which contemporary and historical archaeology impact modern society.

The CHAT2017 conference will attempt to enhance international cooperation and cross-disciplinary fertilisation through close contacts to ongoing related research projects/institutes. CHAT 2017 will have a plenary programme and there will be ample opportunity for poster presentations, and informal discussion and networking.

We will welcome papers discussing ethics, responsibility and professionalism in archaeology, memory and heritage politics, transmission and engagement with art and cultural heritage, and any other themes that help us explore how heritage, art, memory and agency impact societal actualities as well as how archaeological research can be a force for societal change.

Research areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Images of war and conflict; photography, painting, destruction, displaced people
  • Architecture and memory
  • The politics of remembrance and identity
  • Archaeologies of heritage dynamics; daily life, performance
  • Counter-cultures; street art, music, fashion
  • Heritage and digital culture
  • Collections and collectors
  • Heritage, tourism, and representations of place
  • Photography; aesthetics, automatism, agency
  • Postcolonial heritage and memory
  • Contemporary art and culture; hybridity and ambivalence
  • Urban archaeology and public space

The full programme and location for CHAT 2017 can be found here.

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