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Call for Papers for the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology Meetings, April 24 – 27 Austin
Co-Creation, the Public and the Archaeological Record
Robert Connolly (University of Memphis) and Elizabeth Bollwerk (University of Virginia)
Co-creation in public archaeology is a means to engage and empower citizens to become stakeholders of the archaeological record. In museum contexts Simon (2010:278) writes that the purpose of co-creative community projects is “to give voice and be responsive to the needs and interests of local community members; to provide a place for community engagement and dialogue; and to help participants develop skills that will support their own individual and community goals.” Co-creation moves beyond simple “hands-on” educational experiences because participants are invited to play an active role in designing and constructing the final products to address their needs and interests. We seek papers that explore the following questions from theoretical, methodological or case study perspectives:
• How can a co-creative approach enhance the presentation and preservation of public archaeological resources?
• What are the obstacles to co-creative projects? Can we develop a set of best practices associated with these types of projects? If so, what are they?
• How are co-creative projects different from field schools, or typical volunteer programs?
• How do co-creative projects fit with open authority models?
• How do co-creative projects lend themselves to user-generated digital and other resources?
• Are co-creative models a means to demonstrate the relevance of the archaeological discipline in an era of increased life-long, informal, and free-choice learning?
• How can co-creative projects have an adverse impact on archaeological resources?
• How can co-creative projects demonstrate the ability of archaeology to contribute to debates about contemporary issues and problems?