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Community Archaeology and the University - call for Pappers - NORDIC TAG
Call for papers now open for ‘Community Archaeology and the University’ session, organised by Sarah Dhanjal and Suzie Thomas, at Nordic TAG, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 21-25 April 2013.

Community archaeology has seen a steady growth in interest over the past few decades, with possibly more interest and involvement in such engagement in the present time than ever before. Quite often in practice, universities have taken on the role of investigator, initiator and consultant. Meanwhile, community archaeology has become subject to numerous academic investigations into its origins, present state, value and so forth.
Our definitions of community archaeology can vary. Moser et al, Tully, Moshenska, Moshenska et al, have all posited various models of community archaeology within research in British academic institutions alone, with many more voices continuing to add to the discourse further afield as well.

Universities, commercial bodies, and government bodies all contribute to, and at times can hinder, community archaeology, in many different ways. However, is the university role unique? As researchers, we are often outsiders, whether deliberately so or not; how does that affect the way in which we view community archaeology? Are our models of community archaeology recognisable on the ground?

Is there room for altruism in university interactions with communities? Or, do interactions have to lead to appreciable academic outcomes such as papers, workload scores, intellectual property rights, grants, student training opportunities, and so on? Can universities ever become involved in community archaeology simply because it is a ‘good thing’? And to what extent is the practice of community archaeology answerable to the community itself, when it involves universities?
We invite papers on the issues raised here, exploring the university's interactions with and in communities, and methods for studying community archaeology.

Please send any abstracts to *no later than 1 March 2013.*

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