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TAG-Turkey Meeting

Theoretical Archaeology Group – Turkey

9-10 May 2013, Ege University, Faculty of Letters – Izmir

You can now download the programme and the abstracts as PDF file: TAG Programme and Abstracts

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Call for Papers

Current archaeology in Turkey produces knowledge beyond the well-explored culture-historical framework, which traditionally concentrates on chronological problems, pottery typologies and publication of decontextualized objects. The quality and quantity of problem-oriented research implementing innovative methods with theoretical agendas are increasing rapidly. On the other hand, the ever-increasing awareness of the history of archaeology generated a very welcome critical thinking about the discipline. With this meeting, we intend to explore the social, cultural, political and economic contexts in which archaeology is conducted in Turkey and to gain an overview of the innovative theoretical archaeological research.

During the meeting we would like to discuss themes such as these:

How do archaeologists experience archaeology? How do we teach archaeology at the universities? What are the problems of undergraduate and graduate teaching in archaeology? How did archaeological practice change over time in Turkey? How did archaeology in Turkey emerge and develop? How are the methodological and theoretical frameworks formulated and applied? Does archaeology establish sufficient bonds with other disciplines? Is there a healthy relationship between the archaeological world and the mass media? How do Turkey’s official cultural heritage and tourism politics affect the development of archaeology? In what ways NGO’s are involved in archaeological practice?

We kindly invite you to discuss these and more issues at Ege University, İzmir on May 9-10, 2013. Papers can be presented in Turkish and English. Please send your title and abstracts (max. 150 words) until March 1, 2013 to tagturkey@gmail.com

TAG-Turkey Main Themes

1. The Place of Theory in Turkish Archaeology

2. State Politics and Archaeology

3. Archaeology Education and Its Problems

4. Archaeology in Turkey in Historical Context

5. Archaeology and Society

6. Theoretical Approaches to Archaeological Problems

Why TAG?

The very first TAG, organized by Colin Renfrew and Andrew Fleming, was held in Sheffield, UK in 1979. Since then, every year TAG meetings are held at a different venue in Great Britain, where archaeologists, junior and senior alike, gather together to discuss diverse issues in archaeology in a social context. After 30 years, TAG has demonstrably contributed to the practice of archaeology in this country. New methods, techniques and theories concerned with archaeology are frequently introduced to the discipline by the Anglo-Saxon tradition.

TAG-Network has been growing. Nordic-TAG has been held in the Scandinavian countries since 2000 and TAG-USA has been organized annually since 2008. Finally, in Greece TAG meetings have been set up. The organizers of TAG-Turkey intend to extend the TAG-Network to Turkey and create a scholarly environment to stimulate lively discussion and critical thinking for archaeologists in Turkey. As a result, we have taken the initiative to create TAG-Turkey as a platform for archaeologists interested in theoretical and methodological issues.

We have already contacted the TAG-founders and the TAG executive committee, who warmly welcomed our initiative, concerning our intentions. We will be sharing news when the executive committee makes the final decision about extending the network to Turkey.

Our goal is to have TAG-Turkey meetings at least biannually in changing institutions with different organizers to generate a long-lasting impact on archaeological practice in Turkey.

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