In addition to conference sessions, a range of other activities are being organised.
Antiquity Plenary Session
- What is the past good for in the world of 2020?
The Antiquity sponsored Plenary Session will take place on 16 December 2019.
PANELLISTS Liv Nilsson Stutz
Senior Lecturer, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Managing Director, Black Cultural Archives, UK
Chief Executive Officer, MoLA (Museum of London
Institute of Heritage Sciences, Spanish National Research Council (Incipit-CSIC), Spain
- ESRI Workshop: A beginner’s guide to web GIS for Archaeologists
Workshop details to follow.
- ESRI Workshop: Coding within ArcGIS Online
Workshop details to follow.
- Making archaeological comics
This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in making comics relating to archaeology. The session will start with a series of 5-minute presentations by the workshop leaders, outlining their process of making comics. This will be followed by a short panel discussion.
The practical element of the workshop will include a series of drawing games and a chance for participants to plan, thumbnail or draw a short comic. Participants are welcome to work on comics arising from their own research, or to use suggestions provided on the day.
- No drawing experience necessary.
- Maximum number of participants: 20
- Drawing supplies will be supplied by the organisers
- 2 hour workshop
- Matt Hitchcock (University of Manchester)
- Nick Overton (University of Manchester)
- Hannah Sackett (Cartoonist and educator)
- John Swogger (Archaeological Illustrator)
- Katy Whitaker (University of Reading)
- Objective fail: material stories of things going wrong
The workshop will commence with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Octagon Gallery, led by the curators which will be followed by a handling sessions with some of the objects, artworks, specimens and items that had been considered for the exhibition but failed to be selected.
These material encounters will enable participants to critically examine what failure means in different contexts and in particular to interrogate the frequently and unquestioningly used, simplistic perspectives of failure as either a disaster or a useful learning experience. Such perspectives rely on an unspoken assumption that we all know, and agree upon, what failure is, which directly responds to the theme of this year’s TAG meeting, as it highlights the inherent power dynamics behind what it means to succeed or to fail.
During the workshop participants will be invited to link their own stories of failure, whether personal, professional or imagined, with one of the objects they encounter. These stories will then form the jumping off point for a critical conversation on the role failure plays/played in the past, present and future. We will aim to capture the content of this conversation in a creative and participatory way so that it can be shared with others not attending the session.
Coinciding with an exhibition at the UCL Octagon Gallery focusing on the topic of failure (on show October 2019 to February 2020) this workshop invites participants to engage hands-on with failure as a concept.
Maximum number of participants: 25
- Between the Acts: a creative misguide round Bloomsbury
- Come with us on field trip: on a mis-guided tour of Bloomsbury. Setting off from UCL we'll spend around an hour to an hour an a half exploring the environs. A participatory experience aimed at the co-creation of knowledge, there'll be stops along the way to explore space and place through various mediums including sound, art and poetry. Influenced by counter-tourism; the Autonauts of the Cosmoroute and Sebald's Rings of Saturn we'll explore (by doing) the mis-guide as a creative tool for engagement. We'll disrupt boundaries and explore space emotionally and transgressively in the style of Lauren Elkin's Flaneuse. Will finding different ways to tell stories make us more effective at communicating the past? Or do we need to find different stories to tell? Or should we actually aim to divest power and resist the urge to 'tell' very much at all?