I am writing this post to inform all who might be interested, of the fact that I am coordinating a Session at the World Archaeological Congress 7 to be held at the King Hussein Convention Centre at the Dead Sea, Jordan from the 14th-18th of January 2013. The Session is entitled ‘Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Conflict Resolution: Opportunities and Obstacles’.
Together with my colleague Brooke Rogers of the University of Queensland, I would like to invite you to submit a proposal to present a paper at this Session.
Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Conflict Resolution:
Opportunities and Obstacles
This session provides a platform for interdisciplinary discussion and debate on the role that archaeology and cultural heritage can play in conflict prevention, transformation, resolution and peacebuilding. Peace scholars such as John Paul Lederach argue that bridging the chasm between communities in conflict necessitates recognising that “The greatest resource for sustaining peace in the long term is always rooted in the local people and their culture” (1997: 94). This session seeks to unearth innovative ideas and approaches that can encourage and facilitate positive rapprochement between parties engaged in conflict. At the same time, this session also seeks to provide space for a dialogue pertaining to the obstacles and challenges faced by archaeologists, heritage practitioners and peace and conflict resolution professionals when dealing with heritage and history in the context of conflict. Such considerations are important to ensure that academic discourse and praxis is based on a responsive and responsible attitude that engages with the complex reality of often entrenched and protracted armed conflicts. This session welcomes multiple and diverse perspectives from a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, cultural heritage management, archaeology, history, anthropology, politics and international relations, and development studies.
To submit an abstract for this session, and for details on the Congress, please go to: http://wac7.worldarchaeologicalcongress.org/
**Note – please ensure that you indicate the session title ‘Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Conflict Resolution: Opportunities and Obstacles’ in the submission process as this is the only way that WAC-7 Program Coordinators will be able to organize submissions correctly.
Proposals for papers: September 30th, 2012
Proposals for posters: September 30th, 2012
Notification of acceptance of papers and posters: October 15th, 2012
Early registration: October 20th, 2012
Applications for travel support: August 30th, 2012
WAC Travel Grant Committee decisions: September 30th, 2012
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
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