CHAT 2016 Conference Videos Go Live

The Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory (CHAT) conference hosted by the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute in Kirkwall was a great success. Now the papers are available as video presentations.

The theme was Rurality and the papers are now publicly available on YouTube via the Recording Archaeology channel. The videos and playlists are searchable, and the links for each session are below:

The original conference links:


Many thanks to Doug Rocks-Mcqueen and Ben Lewes of Landward Research Ltd for sponsorship and production of the videos, and to Recording Archaeology for hosting.

CHAT conference was a great success

A big thank you to all those delegates who made the CHAT 2016 conference such a great success.

Last weekend saw the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute host CHAT 2016 (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory) where 70 international delegates discussed a range of interdisciplinary papers from archaeologists, anthropologists, geographers, historians and artists – exploring archaeologies of rural places.

Delegates arrived from all points of the compass including the US, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, Greece, China, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, UK and of course Orkney.

35 papers were presented in addition to a varied programme of films, field trips, presentations, workshops and films including a world premier of Jasper Coppes’ new 16mm film `Flow Country` and Mark Jenkins film `The Imaginary Worlds of Scapa Flow`. A blog of the making of the film is also available here.

If you missed any of the papers or are interested in seeing the presentations, the conference has been filmed in collaboration with Landward Research Ltd and videos of the papers will be made available online soon.

Next year, CHAT will be held at The University of Amsterdam from 3rd-5th November 2017.

Abstracts of papers available here chat-2016-orkney-rurality-abstract-booklet-v1

“Many, many congratulations on organising a terrific event. I really enjoyed and valued the experience – much to think about” Delegate via e-mail.

“Thank you so much for a wonderfully lively trip to Orkney. Thanks for putting together such a well-curated conference. Everything fitted together perfectly. I have many highlights, from the inclusion of the journey which served to break down barriers on arrival as well as give a flavour of terrain, space, time; to the last session (Rural Futures) which I was so fortunate in chairing. I’d also highlight Jobbe Wijnen’s really striking paper on local resistance in his hometown to its selection as a the site of a refugee camp, the films and fringe, the fantastic field trip, wonderful new people  – and of course, reacquainting with old CHATters. So thanks Dan, and your team for a very special CHAT. And everyone else for bringing it together.” Sefryn Penrose (Chair, CHAT committee)

CHAT 2016 conference call for papers closes 17 April

CHAT 2016 poster

A wee reminder as the date for submissions draws near!

Call for papers closes end of 17th April.

Email proposals to archaeologyconference@uhi.ac.uk . We are happy to discuss alternative contributions such as film, installation, sound etc.

There will be student / hardship travel and accommodation bursaries which will be announced very soon.

Details about the theme – RURALITY – can be found on the CHAT website here: http://www.chat-arch.org/

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries.

We look forward to receiving your proposal!