Institute of Archaeology


Information for Session Organisers

The conference timetable is now available.

Conference timetable 

Power, Knowledge and the Past

Our theme is intended to be broad and topical, emphasising both current debates about ontologies and ideologies in past societies, and the role of knowledge about the past in contemporary political narratives, particularly those to do with different aspects of identity, and including such issues as decolonisation.

The Session Timeline

After the close of the Call for Sessions, the organising committee will evaluate all proposals. Decisions on the acceptance of sessions will be communicated to organisers in May 2019; there may be some negotiation about merging sessions if different organisers have proposed very similar themes.

The next stage in the conference timeline is very much in the hands of session organisers, who will need to actively participate in the Call for Papers, open between 3 June - 2 September 2019.

During this window, please promote your session via an open call, as widely as possible across social media, email, and so on. By all means, highlight your session to known workers on your theme, but be wary of reinforcing existing clusters of practitioners; inclusivity and diversity of voices are extremely important at TAG, and this should be reflected in the make-up of session panels.

Session organisers are responsible for all correspondence with paper proposers at this stage, and for decisions regarding the final line-up for their session, which should only be taken when the deadline passes – and as soon as possible at that point.

By the deadline of 11 September we will require a full list of speakers with their titles, name (plus title, affiliation, email), and 250-word abstracts. Editing and proofing of these is the responsibility of speakers and session organisers. Running-order, chair(s), and discussant(s) (if needed) should also be specified, along with any revisions to the session abstract, which might be desired to refer to submitted papers. If insufficient papers are available at this point to make a session viable, alternative arrangements will be considered.

In the interval between early September and the conference itself, session organisers will also be asked to communicate with speakers regarding prompt registration, AV requirements, video-recording, and any other administrative matters.

Inclusion, Accessibility, and Code of Conduct

The following wording was added to the TAG constitution in 2018, and its intentions will be actively promoted at TAG@UCL-IoA:

‘The Theoretical Archaeology Group is committed to promoting access for all at their annual conference. TAG requires that all participants, organizers, and delegates, conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times, within each and every conference venue. Queries regarding accessibility, harassment, and equality and diversity policies for the conference should be directed to the hosting institution in the first instance.’

In putting this into practice, we endorse the Inclusive Archaeology project, and, at UCL, adhere to the following policy statements, which delegates are asked to respect: