festivalCHAT on Instagram

Jaime Almansa Sanchez (Spain) , Susan Keitumetse (Botswana), Laura McAtackney (Denmark), Nota Pantzou (Greece)

Join festivalCHAT on Instagram by sharing your thoughts, feelings and experiences on the following themes:

The archaeology of festivals

COVID-19 pandemic

Equality & Diversity

Decolonializing contemporary & historical archaeology

Archaeologies of protest

Togetherness & Fragmentation


Steps to follow:

> Follow chatarchaeology on Instagram

> Upload your pictures and videos on Instagram between 23-30 October.

> Tag your photo/video with #festivaCHAT2020 and indicate the theme.

> Don’t forget to add a caption. Just a few words about your picture i.e. location, a quote, a poem.

> All entries will be shared on CHAT’s Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Activist/ Researcher/ Insider/ Outsider: A conversation about fields of work

Vanicka Arora (India, Australia, Nepal), Iida Käyhkö (Finland,UK, Kurdistan), Sarah De Nardi (Italy, Australia, Pakistan)

What if heritage isn’t so much about things, but more about the things we say and do to each other?

What roles do we play in (mis)translating, (mis)representing and (mis)communicating heritage and how might we negotiate these roles?

Who shapes our research agendas and what roles do language play in framing newer understandings of heritage?

What perspectives does working with women as a woman bring to our work? 

An Ongoing Conversation

We attempt to connect multiple threads of ongoing conversations on decolonising heritage, its interpretations and how heritage practices are translated and transformed in different contexts. Referring to our own experiences as activists, researchers, insiders, and outsiders to the ‘field of study’, we put forth a conversation that is not quite linear — because research is rarely linear. We look back to our past experiences in Pakistan, Nepal, UK, Australia, Italy, Finland and Kurdistan, interrogating our own position within our chosen sites of intervention.

We use a virtual pin-board of ideas (a Padlet), images and sometimes unfinished arguments, hoping to draw and redraw new connections within and beyond our research in an ever-widening quest for multiplicity of voice. A conversation across time zones and field sites, this is a dialogue through images, sounds and words. We welcome your thoughts and ‘pins’ and invite you to start discovering new connections of your own!

Join the Conversation!

Add your own stories, thoughts and responses to our queries in any of these formats-

On Padlet

Made with Padlet

Add a story by simply clicking on the + button on the padlet. You can add text, images, even a video if you like! You can also add comments to our pins on the padlet and respond to our themes and discussion.

Your posts will be updated and shared via festivalCHAT. Feel free to circulate this as far and wide as you like.

You can post without logging in or signing up with the Padlet- or create your free account!

We will be moderating the Padlet through the festival and it will remain live for a month afterwards.

On Twitter

We will be posting content from the Padlet with the Twitter hashtags #festivalCHAT2020 #HeritageConversations

You can join in the conversation by simply replying to Tweets with your own thoughts and provocations.

Follow us on @VanickaA, @denardi77 and @iidaest

On You Tube

We had an impromptu chat about the Padlet which we have recorded where we go into depth about our observations and experiences and how they inform and transform us. Feel free to leave comments and we will get back to you!


You can also email us with further questions or thoughts:

v.arora@westernsydney.edu.au, s.denardi@westernsydney.edu.au, Iida.Kayhko.2018@live.rhul.ac.uk


These activities are publicly accessible and hosted online for the duration of festivalCHAT and for up to three months after.

You are free to delete your content at any time or alter your content.

You are free to post anonymously or use your name and affiliation, however these will be publicly displayed along with your content

Please read Padlet policies here https://padlet.com/about

All content you share will be stored on Padlet’s and will be accessible to anyone with the supplied link.

Please only post content that you have the rights to use or share – please do not post copyrighted material.


Black in Archaeology

Film Creators Archaeologists: Alexandra Jones, Alexis Morris, Mia Carey (US)

Short film and Q&A on Friday 23 October 16:00 EST (21:00 BST London)

Where does Black Archaeology stand in relation to the movement of Black Lives Matter? Historically, archaeology is rooted in colonial, imperial, and white patriarchal systems that have been exploitative and extractive in nature. While organizations, such as the Society of Black Archaeologists, have seen a steady growth in the members over the past seven years, this growth, while worthy of celebration, beckons the question to the predominantly white archaeological community: What social justice efforts has the discipline taken to ensure that Black Lives Matter, historically and contemporarily? More specifically, is the discipline a safe space for Black archaeologists to conduct work? And, how have the experiences of Black Archaeologists improved since 1980. This short film explores these issues through targeted questions posed to several Black archaeologists who discuss their experiences in the field of archaeology.


A call for flash fiction and nano-histories in 150 words or less

The Writing Archaeology Collective, Columbia University:

Amanda Althoff, Madison Aubey, Rudy Banny, Annarubenia Capellin Ortega, Zoë Crossland, Katherine McCarthy, Brendon Murray, Jenny Ni, Cleo Payne, Nikki Vellidis (US)

Live event Thursday 29 October 14:00-16:00 EDT (New York) 18:00-20:00 GMT (London)

With every passing moment we see clear examples of how the world around us shapes and is shaped by history. In this festival session we challenge the archaeological community to use location as a bridge between the contemporary and historical and to find new ways to narrate the clash of pasts and presents and the accumulation of new meanings and associations with place.

We ask for flash fictions or nano-histories that reflect on time’s interconnectivities. Consider Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the British Museum in London; the Jelling Stones in Denmark; any number of political borders and walls. How do past and present merge and clash particularly in the context of our pandemic world and the protests of Black Lives Matter?

Participants should submit a 150-word or less story, together with an image showing the site attached to their story. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to read their piece and respond to questions. Accepted submission will be posted to Instagram and the session will be held on Zoom and streamed live on Facebook. Please make sure your images are yours, or that their source is cited.

Submit to timeclash2020@gmail.com by Tuesday 27 October.

Eventbrite registration is for spectators only. If all tickets are taken it will still be possible to watch the livestream and submit questions for speakers on our Facebook page

Twitter: @CUArchaeology

Facebook & Instagram: @centerforarchaeology

#FestivalCHAT2020 #TimeClash2020 #Nanohistory #Flashfiction


Tiago Muniz (Brazil) and Jaime Almansa-Sánchez (Spain)

Submit your entries now and be part of a live forum event on Tuesday 27 October 14:00 CST (Ciudad de México); 17:00 ART, BRT (Buenos Aires, Brasilia); 20:00 GMT (London).

Spanish/Portuguese friendly event, see translations below.

If you feel that contemporary archaeology has a lot to offer on new ways of understanding the past, this is your event. If your approach to archaeological method and practice goes beyond the trowel into more engaging and transformative practices, this is your event. If you believe that archaeology engages the political yesteryear and today, this is your event.

In order to make (contemporary) archaeology great again, we propose a decolonizing approach to emerging presents that benefits people and engages in a mutual learning process. But we want to know where we stand first, so this is a call for ideas and projects that are currently moving this way in Latin America.

Send us 6-10 pictures and a 500-1000 word essay about your experience on how communication, oral history, expressions, gestures, local knowledges and inter-multi-trans-vocality have improved archaeology, or how you deal with ‘fake archaeology’, imagination, memories, etc. while building archaeological knowledge. The selected works will be part of a digital photo-essay during festivalCHAT this fall, and we will have the chance to meet and discuss our views and approaches in a
live forum.

Email submissions to: tiago.samuniz@gmail.com  Deadline for submissions Tuesday 20 October (Closed!).

Line up:

Z) Contemporary Archaeology and Activism in Latin America

Caterina Mantilla Cronopolítica del relato. Libertad, transformación y persistencia en una comunidad afrodescendiente del norte de colombia

CIIVAC (Colectivo Interdisciplinario e Intercultural de los Valle Altos Catamarqueños), by Alejandra Korstanje Pasado y el Presente son una unidad, no existen el uno sin el otro

Marcia Hattori Uma Arqueologia da Necropolítica – os Não reclamados e NN

Sabrina Fernandes Afetividades, interações e patrimônios arqueológicos: precisamos falar mais sobre as comunidades e seus problemas no contemporâneo

Violet Baudelaire Anzini) Gênero em Ruínas

Y) From local communities to emergent presents

Lucio Costa Leite Paisagens Sensíveis, Olhares Cotidianos e Arqueologia no Igarapé do Lago, Amapá, Amazônia, Brasil

Lucas Antonio da Silva Anzóis e malhas: uma etnografia arqueológica da pesca artesanal no sul do Brasil

Euzimar Gomes, Celso Sanchez & Tiago Muniz Bem viver e modos de vida em comunidades locais no Baixo Amazonas

Israel Campos “Caminho da modernidade”

Tiago Muinz Rubber Boom (1850-1920) and non-hegemonic narratives about Hevea brasiliensis from a local-global perspective

X) Archaeology and Heritage in Metropolis from global south

Cilcair Andrade, Cláudia Vitalino, Jeanne Crespo, Gina Bianchini, Maria Dulce Gaspar Educação patrimonial nas ruas do Rio: respeito, apropriação e legitimação – o caso do cemitério do Largo de Santa Rita

Alejandra Saladino & Gusthavo Gonçalves Roxo Arqueologia do inevitável, o que não é, mas pode ser no e pelo Cais do Valongo (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)

Felipe Tramasoli Rio Grande Cinza – uma exposição fotográfica virtual

Renata Godoy & Diogo Costa Arqueologia do Invisível: um estudo contemporâneo sobre a materialidade de uma paisagem urbana contaminada

Glenda Fernandes Entre olhares e narrativas sobre a capela pombo: arqueologia no contemporâneo em Belém/Pará/Amazônia

Ney Gomes Archaeological work and public perception – the experience of archaeological excavation in the historic city centre of the oldest capital in the Brazilian Amazon.

Thibault Saintenoy & Daniella Jofré El patrimonio y la construcción/deconstrucción de las fronteras nacionales: la experiencia de Redes Andinas


Un ensayo fotográfico sobre las aproximaciones latino-americanas a la arqueología contemporánea.

Si sientes que la arqueología contemporánea tiene mucho que ofrecer en cuanto a nuevas formas de entender el pasado, este es tu evento. Si tu aproximación al método y la práctica arqueológicas va más allá del paletín hacia prácticas más interesantes y transformadoras, este es tu evento. Si crees que la arqueología se ocupa de la política del pasado reciente y de hoy, este es tu evento.

Para hacer la arqueología (contemporánea) grande de nuevo, proponemos una aproximación decolonial a los presentes emergentes que beneficie a la gente y se involucre en procesos de co-aprendizaje. Pero queremos saber primero dónde estamos, así que esta llamada es para ideas y proyectos que estén actualmente moviéndose en esa línea en Latinoamérica.

Envíanos entre 6 y 10 fotos con un pequeño ensayo de 500-1000 palabras sobre tu experiencia en cómo la comunicación, la historia oral, expresiones, gestos, conocimientos locales o la inter-multi-trans-vocalidad ayudaron a mejorar tu arqueología, o cómo lidias con la “fake archaeology”, imaginaciones, memorias, etc. mientras construyes conocimiento arqueológico. Los trabajos seleccionados serán
parte de un foto-ensayo digital durante el festival CHAT de este otoño, y tendremos la ocasión de reunirnos y discutir nuestras perspectivas y aproximaciones en un foro en vivo.


Um ensaio fotográfico sobre as abordagens latino-americanas à arqueologia contemporânea.

Se você acha que a arqueologia contemporânea tem muito a oferecer em novas formas de compreender o passado, este é o seu evento. Se a sua abordagem do método e da prática arqueológica vai além das colheres de arqueólogo rumo a práticas mais engajadas e transformadoras, este é o seu evento. Se você acredita que a arqueologia envolve a política do passado recente e de hoje, este é o seu evento.

A fim de tornar a arqueologia (contemporânea) grande novamente, propomos uma abordagem decolonizante dos presentes emergentes que beneficia as pessoas e se engaja em um processo de aprendizagem mútua. Mas queremos saber onde estamos primeiro, então esta é uma chamada para ideias e projetos que estão se movendo atualmente nesta direção na América Latina.

Envie-nos de 6 a 10 fotos e um ensaio de 500 a 1000 palavras sobre sua experiência de como a comunicação, história oral, expressões, gestos, conhecimentos locais e inter-multi-trans-vocalidade ajudaram a arqueologia a se aprimorar, ou como você lida com a “arqueologia falsa”, imaginação, memórias, etc. na construção de conhecimentos arqueológicos. Os trabalhos selecionados farão parte de um ensaio fotográfico digital durante o CHAT do festival neste outono, e teremos a chance de nos encontrar e discutir nossas visões e abordagens em um fórum ao vivo.