75th Anniversary Debate: Archaeology and Contemporary Society

Start: Mar 12, 2012 06:15 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre, G6

Institute of Archaeology 75th anniversary in 2012

The penultimate 75th Anniversary Debate on 'Archaeology and Contemporary Society' will take place at the Institute on 12 March.

The 'Question Time' style debate, with key public and professional figures, will examine the ways in which the human past plays a key role in the current socio-political environment.

The Institute is very grateful to CgMs Consulting for their sponsorship of the series of Anniversary Debates.


  • Sara Selwood (Chair) is an independent cultural analyst, research and writer. She is currently an Honorary Professor at both City University and University College London. She has written extensively on the relationship between the expectations of policy and the publics’ experience of cultural provision - in relation to museums, in particular. She wrote the Renaissance in the Regions review, and was a co-author of a recent external evaluation of UNESCO’s delivery of its strategic programme objectives related to intangible heritage. Much of her current work is focused on the cultural impact of museums. Sara is currently a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy Group and Chair of its Cultural Policy Reference Group.
  • Nathan Schlanger's research interests include the history and politics of archaeology. Since 2005 he has been in charge of international research and development at the French national institute for preventive archaeological research (INRAP), dealing with the relations between development, research and outreach in contemporary archaeology.
  • Tiffany Jenkins is a cultural sociologist; author of Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: The Crisis of Cultural Authority, and the arts and society programme director of the Institute of Ideas.
  • Neil Faulkner FSA is a Research Fellow at Bristol University, Founder-director of the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project, a leading activist in Counterfire and the Coalition of Resistance, and the author of A Marxist History of the World (www.counterfire.org).
  • Ben Cowell is Assistant Director, External Affairs for the National Trust, where he has recently led the Trust's campaign against the Government's proposed reforms to the planning system.

The debate, which will commence at 6.15pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, will be followed by a drinks reception in the A.G. Leventis Gallery.

Further details of other debates in the series are available here»

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