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Two CFPs

IIAS Call for Papers - State Policy and the Cultural Politics of
Heritage-Making in East and Southeast Asia. January 16 - 17, 2014,
Deadline: July 15, 2013


Archaeological Review from Cambridge
The Archive Issue Volume 29.2, November 2014 Theme editors: Leanne Philpot
( and Renate Fellinger (

In past and present cultures, individuals and societies have collected,
altered and discarded records of different media, thereby shaping
archives. Archives are a fundamental archaeological resource as
collections of finds and their associated documentation (such as diaries,
reports, drawings, photographs and digital data) not only enable
reinterpretation of original assessments but also allow for new research
to be carried out. Despite this potential, the study of archives is often
overlooked by archaeologists because contemporary understandings of
archives tend to be limited in terms of their purposes and what they are
supposed to encompass.

Other disciplines including heritage studies and history have recently
expanded their focus from traditional concerns such as management
procedures. Researchers have started asking more fundamental, theoretical
questions about the purpose, use, social context and academic potential of
archives, bringing facets such as audience, compilation and access to the
forefront of enquiry. Archaeological studies are increasingly adopting
these focuses as well as cultivating new approaches and methods for
archaeological purposes. The challenge to re-centre archives into the
mainstream of archaeological enquiry has led to a reassessment of their
uses and the roles they can play in expanding archaeological knowledge.

This ARC issue aims at exploring new approaches and perceptions towards
archives in an archaeological context. How has archaeology as a
discipline, in both theory and practice, been affected by the reassessment
of archives? How can data recovered from archives offer new perspectives
on material and quantitative data gathered from fieldwork? In what ways
does an increase in archival access for non-experts and new audiences lead
to different perspectives on archaeological data? How can socio-political
assessments encourage a reflexive approach prompting archaeologists to
turn the lens upon their own collecting and archival practices, offering a
critical consideration of knowledge production? What can be learnt about
the nature and history of archaeology from studying archives as
historiographical tools?

We encourage contributions from all disciplines in order to develop an
inter-and multi-disciplinary approach towards the archive issue. Possible
topics may include but are not restricted to:
• The theoretical underpinnings of the utility and purpose of archives and
their importance to archaeology.
• Archives as a tool of academic enquiry; research, reassessment and
reinterpretation of archival records.
• Innovative archival management strategies and developments in
governmental and non-governmental guidelines.
• Access and audiences, including Web 2.0 platforms, data sharing and
museological access/display.
• Creation, compilation and curation, including reflexive approaches to
creation by archaeologists as well as museological/heritage curatorial
approaches with regard to knowledge production.
• Historiography and archives; field diaries, reports, production of
archaeological knowledge in the past.
• Archives as a social construct; the creation of identities and
individual and collective memories and exploring the relationships between
archives, their creators and users.

Please send an abstract of not more than 500 words to Leanne Philpot
( and Renate Fellinger ( by 16th August
2013. The full article should not exceed 4000 words. The deadline for the
first drafts will be 31st October 2013, for publication in November 2014.
Style guidelines and notes for contributors can be found at

The Archaeological Review from Cambridge is a non-profit journal managed
and published on a voluntary basis by archaeology postgraduate research
students at the University of Cambridge. Issues are released twice a year.
Although primarily rooted in archaeological theory and practice, ARC
accommodates a wide range of perspectives in the hope of establishing a
strong, interdisciplinary journal which will be of interest to those
engaged in a range of fields, and therefore breaking down some of the
boundaries that exist between disciplines.

3 Volume Series on Religion and Societies: To understand, experience and
The proposed three-volume set on Religion and Societies presents the
most-current research and provides a comprehensive understanding of the
field in one convenient location for students, researchers, professors,
and practitioners across fields. In each volume 12 field-based essays
(7,000-10,000 words) provides the reader with a thorough, detailed
overview of the topic. If you are interested in contributing a chapter to
one of these volumes, please send a provisional title, brief abstract (150
words) and biographical sketch (6 lines maximum) to the corresponding
editor before 15 July 2013.

Volume 1: Religiosity Confronts Misfortune and Suffering
Editor: Dr. Liam D. Murphy /
This volume will include essays, based on ethnographic fieldwork, dealing
with religion and other cosmologies as power-laden symbolic systems that
ask questions related to and propose solutions to misfortune, suffering,
and "the problem of evil". Beyond this approach the volume seeks to
identify religiosity and cosmological meaning in cultural formations as
different as anime (Japanese animated production) and heavy metal music,
American football and Alcoholics Anonymous. Doing so, this volume expands
the meaning of "religion" as a category of knowledge, practice, belonging,
and experience to encompass institutions and perspectives that have not
conventionally been understood as "religious," narrowly construed.

Vol. 2 Religion experienced through rituals and pilgrimage
Editor: Dr. Anastasia Panagakos /
This volume will focus on rituals and the settings (sacred places and
spaces) in which they are enacted are in a sense the public face of
religion, the means whereby humans define themselves as members of faith
communities. Essays in this volume will focus on ritual experiences across
a variety of religious practices and settings, including pilgrimage sites.
Essays will exemplify a range of approaches to rites of passage such as
puberty, wedding, or death rituals; the political implications of ritual
and place making; the ritual connection between mind and body; individual
agency and ritual experience; and the performativity of ritual in
so-called secularized societies.

Vol. 3 Religion transforming societies
Editor: Dr. Jean-Guy A. Goulet /
This volume brings together essays that analyze the interplay between
religious traditions and political life at both intra-national and
international levels, as for instance in the Protestant and Catholic
traditions in Northern Ireland, the rise of Falun Gong within China and
beyond, or in the revival of indigenous activities within and across
nation-states worldwide. In this vein, some essays will focus on the
religious identities of migrants within societies that become more and
more religiously pluralistic, inviting antagonistic responses from those
who fear that their national identity is being undermined and/or bringing
into light the tension between religions and secular / modern views of
social life.

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