Making practice perfect: approaches to everyday life in Roman archaeology

A TRAC (Theoretical Archaeology Conference) Workshop
Saturday 30th January 2016
at University College London

Registration should be very affordable, c£10.


The ‘Making practice perfect’ workshop will be a one-day event focused on ‘practice theories’ in Roman archaeology and beyond. The day will be organised into three sessions: ‘Structuration and related traditions’, ‘Practice theory and materiality’, and ‘Comparative perspectives’, the first two focusing on Roman case-studies, and the third aiming to develop dialogues between Romanists and archaeologists of other complex societies. This will be the inaugural TRAC Workshop, and it is intended to be a new kind of event which complements the highly successful annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference by providing an in-depth investigation of a particular topic in a more informal format, mixing traditional paper presentations with group discussions and activities.

Call for Papers

We invite offers of 15-minute papers for any of the three sessions, particularly those which foreground case-studies in the application of relevant approaches. Titles and abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to, by Friday 30 October, though prospective speakers are also welcome to contact us to express interest and discuss their contribution. We particularly welcome contributions from postgraduate students, and from non-Romanists interested in engaging in the ‘comparative perspectives’ session. Keynote speakers for the sessions will be Andrew Gardner (UCL), Astrid Van Oyen (Cambridge), and Bill Sillar (UCL). Registration to attend the event will open in November 2015.

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