Call for Short Papers

Elisabeth MONAMY1 | Sigrid PETER
(1Archeomuse, Austria & Universität Bern, Switzerland | 2Association for preservation and research of castle „Ried am Riederberg“, Austria)

Keywords: archaeology, citizen participation, cooperation, public

Everyone’s interested in archaeology. And yet the image of the archaeologists and their work is rather modest. The profession of archaeologist stands for breadless work and the archaeologists themselves as untouchable. Their work remains largely closed to a broad public and the rest of the population. Many archaeologists do not even want to work with non-specialists for fear to answer banal questions and losing time with training. These are prejudices that make communication and cooperation between archaeologists and laymen difficult or even impossible.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together archaeologists and laypeople in order to enable a better civic participation in archaeology. Who gets what role and who can take on what task?  The workshop should also show the advantages and disadvantages of the cooperation between archaeologists or specialists and newcomers or laymen who only want to go once on a “treasure hunt”. New technologies (blogs, vlogs, apps, etc.) may be a starting point where amateurs can contribute their questions and knowledge. Can VR and AR be as attractive to laypeople as them starting to care about heritage? How can the interaction between scientists and amateurs lead to new citizen scientist projects? And how can their results be integrated in Open Access scientific publications?

Everyone who would like to contribute to this workshop is welcome to submit a short (impulse) lecture. The more experiences are shared, the easier it will be to find and work out a common basis for a successful and long-term cooperation. The understanding of the other will be clearer and will be hopefully reduce prejudices.

We invite professionals and amateurs to participate in the discussion. The Round Table consists of many different short impulse lectures (5-10 min) and a discussion in which all participants and listeners are invited to actively participate.

This Round Table will be the place to discuss general issues, rules, and lessons learned as well as to allow new approaches and ideas about involving the public.

Mind the new guidelines!