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Beyond archaeology: sharing responsibility for a communal interest

Is a dead Roman more important than a living citizen? Some archaeologists seem to think so. Often more attention is given to scientific inquiry than to developing support in the community. Yet to preserve our archaeological knowledge base we need the backing of a committed citizenry. The public are increasingly well-informed and critical. Does archaeology benefit from its growing public visibility? It seems not, given the trend that in political decisions archaeology is ever more frequently neglected.

Creating public support for archaeology, while an integral part of the Malta Treaty (or Valetta Convention), is a major challenge in today's 'participatory society'. How can we transform mere archaeological interest into a broader communal interest in which other groups too have a voice? On occasion it is possible to share responsibilities with other parties, but retaining a social basis is proving far from simple. It seems that while the building blocks for a public archaeological infrastructure are present, a guiding architecture has been lacking.

Citizen participation is a way for professional archaeology to join forces with other interest groups. By presenting a series of 'best practice' instances, the symposium aims to highlight strategies already being implemented and methods of identifying shared interests. The symposium is aimed at professional archaeologists at universities, in the civil service and in business enterprises, as well as local and regional policymakers. Time is reserved expressly for debate among participants.

In view of the speakers and participants of multiple nationalities, all attending are kindly requested to use the English language. If such should pose a problem, Dutch will also be permissible. We look forward to your active contributions! Participation is free of charge.

Program     

Speakers

Bote Wilpstra

Regional minister of the province of Groningen




David Jennings

Chief executive officer of the York Archaeological Trust, UK

Monique van den Dries

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University

Meindert Schollema

Mayor of the municipality of Pekela




Anders Högberg

Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University Kalmar, SE

Bart Ramakers

Professor of Historical Dutch Literature, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen




Henny Groenendijk

Professor of Archaeology and Society, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, Archaeologist to the Province of Groningen




Daan Raemaekers

Professor of Northwest European Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen

Sandra Rottenberg

Moderator


 

Program

Date: Wednesday 29 october 2014
Starting time: 9.15 am
Location: Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, 9718 EP Groningen, The Netherlands

Time Speaker
9.15 - 10.00 Welcome with coffee
10.00 Opening by Bote Wilpstra - Regional minister of the province of Groningen
and Daan Raemaekers - Professor of Northwest European Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
  Archaeology in society: from Jorvik to Strathclyde
David Jennings - Chief executive officer of the York Archaeological Trust, UK
  Heritage is a verb, archaeology is what we do with it
Anders Högberg - Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University Kalmar, SE
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 How embedded is society in archaeology?
Monique van den Dries - Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University
  Living hertitage, or how to revive a cemetery
Bart Ramakers - Professor of Historical Dutch Literature, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
  Coffee and tea
  De brug tussen archeologie en bevolking in een krimpregio
Meindert Schollema - Mayor of the municipality of Pekela
  Groningen: sharing responsibility for a communal interest
Henny Groenendijk - Professor of Archaeology and Society, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen and Archaeologist to the Province of Groningen
  Public debate
Moderated by Sandra Rottenberg
16.30 Drinks and talk

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Participate

Registration is closed. In case you should have to cancel your participation please send an email to registry@beyondarchaeology.nl.


Location

Congres- en vergadercentrum Het Kasteel

Melkweg 1
9718 EP Groningen
Tel. 050 36 88 434
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Parking

‘Het Kasteel’ has its own parking for the disabled. Within 2 minutes walking distance you will find the car park Westerhaven. For this garage ‘Het Kasteel’ can provide day tickets on behalf of the client.

Public transport

From Groningen CS: Line 6 (Vinkhuizen) or line 9 (direction Station North Zernike). Get off at the bus stop Verlengde Visserstraat / Westersingel.