Buffalo TAG 2012: Bridges to New Worlds, May 17-20, 2012, State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, USA.

Theoretical Archaeology Group-USA is announcing a Call for Papers for “Buffalo TAG 2012: Bridges to New Worlds” to be held May 17-20, 2012 at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA. Buffalo TAG 2012 is the fifth meeting of TAG-USA, an organization dedicated to the exploration and debating the implications of theoretical issues for archaeological practice and interpretation, worldwide. We welcome the submission of papers from faculty and students alike and aim to foster a lively environment for the discussion of theory within the field of archaeology, classical archaeology,  visual studies/art history, and cultural heritage. Our theme “Bridges to New Worlds” emphasizes both the multidisciplinary and international focus of this conference. The conference will feature an opening panel on the “Past and Future of Theory” on Thursday, May 17 and an invited interdisciplinary symposium on “The Future of Heritage: Laws, Ethics and Sustainability” on Friday, May 18. Details of both the panel and symposium will be posted shortly on the website.

Additionally, come to Buffalo to experience and be surprised by Buffalo’s many landmarks and attractions.  Besides being located less than 30 minutes from Niagara Falls, Buffalo also boasts many  impressive and historically renowned buildings, with around 80 sites included on the National Register of Historic Places.  Buffalo is also home to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and more houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright than any city outside Chicago. Multiple options for excursions into the surrounding region will also be available. The first will be to Niagara Falls and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada; the second will be to Niagara Falls, Old Fort Niagara, Lewiston, and  Youngstown; the third will be just to Niagara Falls; the fourth will be a tour of the City of Buffalo’s art and architecture; and the fifth will be to East Aurora, NY and the Sinking Ponds site–a Meadowood Phase archaeological site where the university runs a field school. Please see the website for more detailed information on these excursions.

The deadline for the submission of sessions, roundtables, forums, exhibits/galleries and performances is October 31, 2011.  The deadline for the submission of papers is January 30, 2012.  Please note that registration is required prior to any submission.  We also encourage attendance for those who are not presenting.  Buffalo TAG 2012 is open to all, though registration is required.  Conference fees are $100 for waged participants and $50 for students and unwaged attendees.  We are also providing Early Bird Registration Discounts-20% of for those registering before October 31, and 15% for those who register before January 30, 2012-so please register early!

We have worked hard to provide low cost accommodations, please visit our website for more information.  Also visit the website for more information on registration, sessions, programming, and other aspects of the conference. We have multiple packages available to make your visit more enjoyable and affordable.

We encourage you to share this information with any colleagues interested in archaeology, classical archaeology, visual studies/art history, or cultural heritage.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Buffalo TAG 2012 secretary Eugen Ruzi (eugenruz@buffalo.edu).

Hope to see you in Buffalo!

The Buffalo TAG 2012 Organizing Committee


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