The 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on September 10-14, 2014.
The conference fee will cover attendance to all sessions, the Opening
Ceremony & Welcome Reception and the Annual Party, as well as meeting
materials and coffee breaks.
Submission of papers: Please, submit an abstract of maximum 200 words in
English by filling out the online form on the website of the European
Association of Archaeologists (EAA) - 20th Annual Meeting
Participants will be notified about their paper proposal by February 17, 2014.
Proposals can be made by at least two EAA members with affiliations in two different countries. Please note that only EAA members who have covered their membership fees for 2014 are allowed to propose and organize a Session.
The following six themes define the framework of the Istanbul 2014 EAA Annual Meeting:
1) Connecting seas - across the borders
2) Managing archaeological heritage: past and present
3) Ancient technologies in social context
4) Environment and subsistence: the geosphere, ecosphere and human interaction
5) Times of change: collapse and transformative impulses
6) Retrieving and interpreting the archaeological record
Public Perceptions of the Past, Heritage and Archaeology: Methodological
Approaches and Applicability in Archaeological Management
Interest in public perceptions of the past, heritage, and archaeology is
constantly increasing among archaeologists. Research has focused so far in a
variety of different segments of the public, including but not restricted to
local communities, sites’ and museums’ visitors, online communities,
minority groups etc. A respective range of methodologies has been employed
accordingly: from quantitative questionnaire surveys and the use of online
statistics to interviews with focus groups, ethnography and others.
But how can our improved understanding of people’s perceptions about the
past, heritage and archaeology render the way we manage archaeology more
effective and sustainable?Has such research been applied to archaeological
heritage management? If yes, how and what were the outcomes of its
application? If no, why? What are the implications of different
methodologies? What are the benefits and the shortcomings when it comes to
In this session, experience from research into public perceptions and their
application or potential application in archaeological management will be
presented and discussed with the aim to further participants’ understanding
of the implications of public perceptions’ research and its applicability.
Appropriate venues for the publication of the papers presented will be
suggested and discussed at the end of the session.
Anastasia Sakellariadi (Honorary Research Associate, Institute of
Archaeology, UCL, firstname.lastname@example.org)*
KaterinaChatzikonstantinou (Research Associate, University of the Aegean,
Keywords: Public perceptions, methodologies, archaeological management
Session Theme: Managing archaeological heritage: past and present
Session Type: Regular
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