Call For Papers

Please note that the Call for Papers closed on the 28th of May, 2019. Use the navigation bar above to see more on the conference programme and how to attend.

“Pens in One Hand, Trowels in the Other”

Interdisciplinary Studies with the Sixth Postgraduate Conference in Conflict Archaeology

Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th of October 2019.

This October, the University of Glasgow will once again play host to the Postgraduate Conference in Conflict Archaeology. Since 2011, this conference has brought together postgraduates and early career researchers from across the world to share their research and build their skills as part of a wider community dedicated to the study of past conflict. For 2019, the sixth conference will seek to expand this community through the theme of interdisciplinary studies.

As a young discipline, focused on transitory human activities related to violence and war, Conflict Archaeology has always needed to make use of a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach. The conflict archaeologist must, in many ways, embody Noel Hume’s description of a ‘historian with a pen in one hand and a trowel in the other’. With the intention of showcasing the multidisciplinary nature of the field, the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, in partnership with the Scottish Centre for War Studies and the Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, will be co-hosting a two-day weekend conference on the 19th and 20th of October 2019.

This conference will be open to all with an interest in the physical and documentary remains of human conflict and will bring together a diverse group of archaeologists, historians and collections management professionals to facilitate knowledge exchange and cultivate strong relations between different disciplines.

The organising committee welcome submissions from any interested parties for 20-minute papers, or A1 Posters, on conflict related topics dating from ancient to modern periods. Of special interest are papers which combine historical and archaeological approaches or utilise museum or archive collections. Potential topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Landscapes of conflict
  • Warfare, violence, resistance
  • Politics and propaganda
  • Colonial encounters
  • Memorialisation, remembrance and forgetting
  • Imprisonment / internment
  • Recovery of remains
  • Methodologies and Approaches to Conflict
  • Heritage management of conflict and public engagement
  • Battlefield tourism, thanatourism
  • Recreation, re-enactment and ersatz experiences
  • Ethics of studying violence and conflict
  • Investigating and interpreting uncomfortable or problematic histories

For those interested in answering this call for papers, please submit an abstract of 250 words and a short biography of 100 words to  The deadline for submissions is May 24th, 2019.