Are we Archaeologists or are we Social Workers?

Posted on November 19, 2015

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Hi All,

I am running a session at this year’s CIfA conference. If any of you are interested in submitting a paper the deadline is November 23rd (abstracts emailed to session organizers). More info on all the call for papers can be found here- http://www.archaeologists.net/sites/default/files/CIfA2016-Call-for-papers.pdf

And if you are interested in submitting a paper to my session here is some info on it-

THE BOUNDARIES OF PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY: ARE WE ARCHAEOLOGISTS OR ARE WE SOCIAL WORKERS?
Organiser(s): Doug Rocks‐Macqueen, Landward Research Ltd
Contact: doug@landward.org
Public archaeology, community archaeology and just plain old archaeology engages with many difference audiences, from the disenfranchised to politicians, and in many innovative ways from
archaeology operas to homeless archaeology. One of great strengths of archaeology is the multitude of avenues from which to engage people through. But, as we increase the diversity of
our engagement the question inevitability asked is whether this is archaeology. What is the line
between using the public as a tool to help archaeology and archaeology as a tool to help the
public?
More controversially— ‘which is more important’, the archaeology and research obtained from
our engagement work or the social good outcomes?
You  are  invited  to  present  any  of  your  work  that  engages  non‐archaeologists  and  more
importantly how you view your work‐ Archaeology with a social good component, a social good
with an Archaeology component or as something else.
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