pubCHAT Europe + Africa

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Rachael Kiddey and Hilary Orange are hosting PubCHAT on 20:00 BST (21:00 SAST) Friday 23 October

Hilary Orange and Emma Dwyer are hosting PubCHAT on 19:00 GMT (21:00 SAST) Friday 30 October

Join these social events and link up with people in Europe and Africa.

Come CHAT with us! PubCHATs are designed to be an informal way to meet other contemporary and historical archaeologists and to talk about life, research, and interests! There is no formal programme, so just show up with your favorite evening beverage or meal and be prepared to socialise. These PubCHATs are timed to be accessible for those located in Europe and Africa, but everybody is welcome! This is part of a series of three events being held in association with the Festival in different timezones (including the Americas and Asia/Oceania).

We will send out the Zoom link via the CHAT JiscMail ( a few days before the event. You can sign up to join this mailing list HERE by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button.

Note: There is no official language for pubCHATs and while it is likely that many of those who come along speak English, we welcome speakers of all languages.

PROSPECTION 01-05: World Premiere


Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope (UK)

Film premiere and Q&A Sunday 25 October 20.00-21.30 GMT

Prospection is an annual multi-disciplinary survey of the recent inhabitation of North West Cambridge (aka ”Eddington”), planned to take place from 2015 until 2040. Join the project directors for the world premiere and a post-screening Q&A of short films documenting the first five years of this new community.

Prospection aims to follow the evolution of Eddington from its inception onwards through its first quarter century. Each year artists Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope invite a varying team of Prospectors drawn from the arts, sociology and archaeology to visit the site for two days and to make records of the place and its people in any way they see fit. The archive of original records – analogue and digital – is collated each year by the artists and placed in a new ‘finds box’ which is deposited with Cambridgeshire Archives for anyone to access and study, in perpetuity.

As their annual contribution, Karen and Nina make a short film, shot over one day and looking at the changing development through the eyes of one person living or working there. With five of these films now complete, this is a unique opportunity to see them all for the first time. 

Following the screening the artists will host a directors Q&A on Zoom and welcome questions and feedback. The event will be recorded for this year’s ‘finds box’.

More information about Prospection (including its original manifesto) can be found here

Book tickets here. Registration ends 12.00 GMT Sunday 25 October.


33 Days of Utopia

Attila Dézsi and Roswitha Ziegler (Germany)

Live Q&A event on Tuesday 27 October 19:00-20:00 CET (18:00-19:00 GMT).

During an archaeological research project on an anti-nuclear protest camp, a team of filmmakers, archaeologists and contemporary witnesses documented their perspectives on archaeology of the recent past as well as their own heritage. In 1980, activists at a former protest camp near Gorleben in Germany blocked the test drilling ground for a nuclear waste storage facility. At the same time, the so-called “Free Republic of Wendland,” as the protest camp was known, became the location for a range of social experiments in how to live an alternative lifestyle. The collective experience of a ‘lived utopia’ and the use of alternative energy technologies changed the lives of the protesters and the green movement in general.

The filmmakers interviewed witnesses about their memories and emotions connected to the site, while the archaeologists tapped into the materiality of the formation of utopia. During this collaborative project, the thread of the nuclear waste facility lingered; Germany has not yet decided where to put its nuclear waste.

We will air the trailer of the film, followed by a live Q&A event with the filmmakers and archaeologists.


Book your place below!



Jasper Coppes (Netherlands)

Live film screening 24 October and Q&A 12:00 CET (11:00 BST).

Recent footage of melting polar ice in Greenland as shown in the global mass media has represented the country as both the ground zero of climate crisis and a vast expanse for resource exploitation. The film Aasivissuit aims to provide a different view, showing instead the landscape and its inhabitants, focusing on people’s discussions about climate change and how they adapt in their complex relationship with the changing environment.

The film follows two park rangers at work and on expeditions through the sunlit grasslands of West Greenland. As they talk, they exchange new and old knowledge of the land, for example, how ancient fertile sediment from Greenland is used to fertilize depleted soil abroad, and how microbes have adapted to deal with pollution. In the meantime, the landscape and its inhabitants perform their acts.

For more details about the film, click here

Note: the film will be available to view on Vimeo on 24 October (only).


Meet the editors of the Journal Of Contemporary Archaeology

Rodney Harrison (UK), Trinidad Rico (US), Alfredo González-Ruibal (Spain) and Esther Breithoff (UK)

Monday 26 October 11:00-12:00 and 16:00-17:00 GMT (London)

Sign up for a ten minute (individual) virtual meeting with the editors of the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology to discuss potential paper submissions, book, exhibition and film reviews, and/or themed issues and sections and to learn more about the journal’s aims and scope. We will email you a private zoom link for the meeting once you have registered to the email you provide as part of the registration process.

Multiple dates are available.



Bearing witness to unprecedented times: The Viral Archive as a record of personal responses to the COVID-19 global pandemic

Rosie Everett (UK), Ben Gearey (Ireland), Matt Pope (UK) and Orla Peach-Power (Ireland)

Live discussion event Sunday 25 October 18:00 GMT

The Viral Archive (@Viral_Archive) was established as a Twitter initiative at the beginning of the UK lockdown, and invited users from across the globe to share images of the responses to the pandemic they witnessed in their local area. The response to Viral Archive was overwhelming and has tracked the progression of the pandemic in its most personal form – everything from support for the health services on the front line to the creativity of those in the community to uplift to the current and the growing problem of COVID-related environmental waste in the landscape. 

As a the group leading the Viral Archive Twitter initiative, we see our contribution to festivalCHAT as an opportunity to reflect on the last six months – what the Viral Archive has achieved, what we are doing currently, what other related ‘witnessing’ projects have developed and what we see for the Viral Archive as the pandemic continues to develop across the world. 

Join us at an open discussion event when we will reflect on the project. Why we started it, what it means to us and what future form the project might take. The pandemic is certainly not over, but as we move into what feels ominously  like the next stage/’wave’, we want to know what you – contributors, spectators, supporters – of the Viral Archive see for the future and how we might move forward as the pandemic develops. 

[Edit] Also see this interesting blog which was based on the project:

“The show must go on!”: how the ‘Made in Migration’ team adapted community archaeology methods in light of Covid-19 restrictions

Rachael Kiddey (UK)

Live talk event Friday 23 October 18:00-19:30 BST (London); 13:00-14:30 (New York)

The ‘Made in Migration’ workshop was supposed to be a 5-day face-to-face community archaeology event held in Oxford. The event would have brought together 12 refugees from 8 countries, to work collaboratively with researchers, artists, a poet, an architect, and a film- maker but, sadly, Covid19 put pay to this. Forced to move everything online, as a transdisciplinary team, we spent three months reshaping the event so that it is now taking place over Zoom, as an ongoing series of fortnightly 3-hour online meetings. Aside from finding ways to meaningfully co-interpret data gathered over two years, we are working across 3 time-zones and 7 languages. The ‘Made in Migration’ team is multi-national, multi-
generational, and of mixed gender, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation.

The initial project set out to blend established community archaeology research methods and practices with architectural spatial mapping techniques, creative writing and film-making, to reflect on the objects, places, journeys, people, and things which people encounter during lived experiences of forced displacement across three countries in Europe – the U.K., Greece, and Sweden. By the end of the 5-day intensive workshop, we intended to have co- designed the primary layout of a public exhibition.

Working remotely since March 2020, we have become a smaller collective. In this co- presented talk we share some of the reflective pieces of work that we’ve produced so far. They are works-in-progress – short films, unfinished maps and poems. We are open to respectful discussion about what works and what is less clear. We champion ‘arts-as- research activism’ – using material culture to advocate for better rights for refugees; to articulate what it is like to be ‘Made in Migration’.


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 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:  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.