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CHAT 2013: EXPERIENCE

Publication date: Oct 5, 2013 11:05:21 PM

Start: Nov 8, 2013 12:00:00 PM
End: Nov 10, 2013 1:30:00 PM

Location: UCL Wilkins Building, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre & South Cloisters

CHAT 2013: EXPERIENCE

The CHAT Group will host its 2013 conference on The Experience of Archaeology and the Archaeology of Experience at UCL from 8-10 November.

The 'Experience' conference will focus on the experience of archaeology and the archaeology of experience in the present and recent historical past.

The contemporary heritage landscape—heritage-themed destinations, heritage-led regeneration and branding of place through the enlisting of ‘the past’—explicitly reflects a new concern with experience.

In doing so, it exposes major differences in philosophies and taste amongst ‘professionals’ (archaeologists, architects, public historians, heritage managers) and the public. The practice of engaging with and ‘capturing’ oral history, which we might think of as memories of experience, plays an important role in contemporary archaeological narrative.

The Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory (CHAT) group was established in February 2003 to provide opportunities for dialogue to develop among researchers in the fields of later historical archaeology and the archaeology of the contemporary world and is currently chaired by the Institute's Rodney Harrison.

Any enquiries about the conference may be directed to chatconference2013@gmail.com