SHA 2021 Virtual Conference
An Archaeological Decameron: Research, Interpretation, and Engagement in the Time of Pandemic
January 6-9, 2021
In the middle of the 14th century, as Europe was in the grip of bubonic plague, the Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375) wrote his masterpiece, The Decameron. The book is framed as a collection of stories told by a group of 10 young people who had fled Florence to escape the Black Death. Socially distanced in a villa outside the city, they told each other tales to pass the time and to provide a distraction from the pandemic. In 2020, as a different pandemic circled the globe, the Board of the Society for Historical Archaeology, with the health and safety of its members, staff, and the archaeological community in mind, made the difficult decision to alter the form of the 2021 annual conference, planned for Lisbon, Portugal. Rather than cancel altogether, an untenable and agonizing thought, the Board decided to take the SHA conference virtual.
This is, of course, a new direction for SHA. A small organizing committee will arrange the program to best accommodate a variety of papers, posters, and fora to discuss research, theory, methods, and interpretation, as usual, but also to provide opportunities for discussing our archaeological response to these strange times. Archaeologists are known for our ability to improvise, adapt, and overcome, whether broken field equipment, suddenly lost funding, or a global pandemic. So let’s socially distance together in January and create our own “Archaeological Decameron” to disseminate, discuss, and distract. The bar may not be quite as fun, but we have much to share.
SHA will still go to Lisbon–the local conference committee, the University of Lisbon, and the city are committed to hosting what will be the Society’s first conference in Europe. Mark your calendar for January 4-7, 2023.
2021 Call for Papers Opens: 10 June 2020
Submit your abstract at: www.conftool.com/sha2021
Final Abstract Submission Deadline for 2021 Conference: 10 August 2020
Conference Registration is open at www.conftool.com/sha2021.