Thinking about archaeology,
Let me draw your attention to
Writing verse differently.
Performing narrative
Can take many forms;
Archaeo-words,
Images,
Speak of
Time
Ordered
By habit,
But what methods
Could be created
If we unleash our thoughts
From conventional restraint
And visualise the processes
From more than just one direction..?

Session for TAG'16, Visualising Words -

archaeological narrative through poetry, image & performance.

In memory of Mark Pluciennik, 1953-2016.

Abstracts...

COULD FOLK STORIES ENCODE MEMORIES OF COASTALINUNDATION FROM MILLENNIA AGO?

 

For: the European Association of Archaeologist's 21st Annual Meeting, Glasgow, 2nd-4th September, 2015 - with Prof. P.Nunn

   

STORIES & SCIENCE: A GEOMYTHOLOGICAL CONVERSATION WITH CARDIGAN BAY

For: The Academy of Modern Celtic Ethnography's international conference on Imagining Wales, Aberystwyth, 1st August 2015.

 

TRANSMEDIAL ARCHAEOLOGY:

A DEEP MAP OF REGENERATING NARRATIVES

 

For: TAG Bradford, 'Political Agendas and Sponsorship in Archaeology' 14th-16th December, 2015

 

     

SHAPING WORDS, NARRATING SHAPES

 

For:  A Symposium on Storymaking, by the Liverpool Screen School in collaboration with the ICC (Institute of Cultural Capital) and supported by the MeCCSA Practice Network. November 11th 2016, at Liverpool John Moore's University.

   Abstract:

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it is the other way around. Stories exist independently of their players. If you know that, the knowledge is power."

(Pratchett)

When stories become identity, their words assume a different shape to that of marks on an otherwise blank page. Communities and individuals lay claim to, or are claimed by, myths of place and space; they are worn as cultural narratives that unify and distinguish one from the other. Re- presenting such stories to those who have assumed ownership can be contentious. Collaborations between academic and non academic partners reveal the spaces between

knowledge and belief, where politics resides in an ethical guise. 

This paper explores the challenges of facilitating participatory culture in narrative projects, as platformed by tourism and heritage. The case studies cone from a long running deep mapping project in Ceredigion, which, in part, has aimed to connect both visitors and locals to the land they are walking upon. Giving equal voice to disparate perspectives through creative collaboration requires an awareness of the many shapes that stories can form.

Working with, rather than for, an audience can also dissolve the boundaries which commonly separate these expressions, merging the performer with the performed, when the author becomes the reader and the story telling becomes a shared experience. 

Barthes, Roland (1977) Heath, Simon (transl). Image, Music, Text. London: Montana Press.

Pratchett, Terry (1992). Witches Abroad. London: Corgi, p8.

RETHINKING THE CONVERSATION:

A GEOMYTHOLOGICAL DEEP MAP

For: TAG Bradford,  'Rethinking the Archaeological Map',

14th-16th December 2015

 

CHANGING MYTHS: ENGAGING SCIENCE WITH STORY, STORY WITH SCIENCE

For: Changing Worlds: Engaging Science and Technology with Art, Academia and Activism at the Institute for Advanced Studies, the University of Vienna. November 18th - 21st November, 2015.

WRITING WONDERS:

POETRY AS ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHOD

For: TAG Bradford, 'Tyrannical Tales: fiction as archaeological method'

14th-16th December, 2015

FANTASTICAL FOOTPRINTS & FICTIONALISING SCIENCE: FOLK TALES, FACTS OR FALLACY?

For: Reading the Fantastic: Tales Beyond Borders international interdisciplinary conference, University of Leeds,

23rd - 25th April 2015.

Past Abstracts...

(Scroll down for the most recent additions)

INTERPRETING MEMORY: A LANDSCAPE OF STORIES

 

For: The International Open Workshop 2017, Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes V.

Kiel, Germany.

March 20-24, 2017. 

SCALING IDEOLOGICAL TIME

For: TAG CARDIFF

December 18-20th 2017

MIND THE GAP: POETRY AS CHRONOMETER

For: TAG CARDIFF

December 18-120th 2017

SPIRITUALITY AND CULTURE: DRAWING BETWEEN THE LINES

For: Progressive Connexions Interdisicplinary Conference on 'Spirituality... and Culture'

Lisbon, Portugal, 17/18th March 2018 

NARRATIVES OF PEACE

For: The British Association for the Study of Religion, conference on Narrative, University of Chester, 4-6th September 2017

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