Brexit, Archaeology and Heritage: Reflections and Agendas

Start: May 05, 2017 10:30 AM
End: May 05, 2017 06:00 PM

Location: Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology

The EU

A one-day workshop on 'Brexit, Archaeology and Heritage: Reflections and Agendas' will be held at the Institute on 5 May.

The workshop is envisaged as a wide-ranging inaugural event in a series which will, in due course, look in more detail at specific themes.

Three thematic sessions are planned, the aim of which is to have 3 or 4 short and informal presentations, followed by extensive discussion time.


The event is free; refreshments, lunch and a post-workshop drinks reception will be provided. Places are limited, so please RSVP via Eventbrite to indicate your interest in attending and to ensure we cater for the correct number of participants.



1030–11.00 tea/coffee 

11.00-12.30 Part 1: Scholarship, citizenship and collaboration: practical impacts of Brexit on the lives and interactions of those working in archaeology and heritage 

  • Isa Benedetti-Whitton (ASE): Brexit and commercial archaeology
  • Gai Jorayev (IoA CAA): Academic mobility and EU funding
  • Michael Browne (UCL ERIO): Update on European collaborations
  • Uta Staiger (UCL European Institute): UCL research and policy engagement on Brexit 


12.30-13.30 lunch

13.30-15.00 Part 2: New nationalisms and the past: heritage and identity in the UK, Europe and beyond

  • Chiara Bonacchi (IoA): The British past in Brexit debates on social media: Uses and meanings
  • Andrew Gardner (IoA): Brexit, empire, and the problem of Englishness
  • Lorna-Jane Richardson (UCLDH) & Tom Booth (NHM): Ancient DNA analysis, nationalism and the Far Right
  • Corinna Riva (IoA): Archaeology and nationalism in 18th/19th century Italy 


15.00-15.30 tea/coffee

15.30-17.00 Part 3: Expertise and academia in the age of 'post-truth' politics: implications for archaeology and heritage

  • Rodney Harrison (IoA): Who needs experts? Heritage, crowd sourcing and the paradox of popularist nationalism
  • Wendy Higgs (IoA): Tales from the Referendum campaign
  • Dean Sully (IoA): Bridging the gap between popularism and people


  • Closing comments - Sue Hamilton, Director of the UCL Institute of Archaeology

17.00- drinks reception

Please contact the organisers, Andrew Gardner and Rodney Harrison with any queries.