Founded at the University of Glasgow in 2011, the Postgraduate Conference in Conflict Archaeology brings together postgraduate and early career researchers from around the world, providing a platform to share their research and learn from some of the leading figures in the study of past conflict.
For the past 8 years, the conference has helped to foster a vibrant postgraduate research community that forges intellectual, international and interdisciplinary connections. Since 2011, it has been hosted by a number of University’s outside Scotland, including Liverpool (2012), Birmingham (2014), Oxford (2015) and Huddersfield (2017). Each of these previous conferences has sought to shine the spotlight on a different aspect of the field ranging from nautical warfare to experimental archaeology.
For 2019, the conference will be returning to Glasgow, a city closely connected with the development of Conflict Archaeology. It is not only the home of the postgraduate conference, but also the First international conference: ‘Fields of Conflict’, which was hosted by the University of Glasgow in 2000. It is also the headquarters of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, the Journal of Conflict Archaeology and the world’s first Professor of Conflict History and Archaeology, Professor Tony Pollard.
With the background and current work of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology in mind, the sixth postgraduate conference aims to celebrate the multi-disciplinary nature of the field of Conflict Archaeology. This is reflected in the conference title ‘Pens in One hand, Trowels in the Other’ which references the work of the pioneering historical archaeologist Ivor Noël Hume who once wrote that the archaeologist should be ‘a historian with a pen in one hand and a trowel in the other’.
The multidisciplinary focus of this conference extends to collection-based studies. The conference is hosted in association with the University of Glasgow Archives & Special Collections and The Hunterian. Between these two institutions is combined the Univeristy’s museum, library and archive collections.
This connection is further emphasised by the fact that the conference will be held in the historic Kelvin Hall. This landmark building has recently been transformed into a collections resource center by a partnership between the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Museums, and the National Library of Scotland.