Call for papers

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Abstract submissions deadline 31st August 2021

Notification of acceptance by 3rd September 2021

Conference dates 23rd–24th October 2021 

50 years on from Scottish Archaeological Forum’s founding, this conference aims to reflect on archaeology’s place in modern Scotland and look forward to its relevance for future generations. By examining the issues facing archaeology today and innovative approaches to archaeological practice, we hope to open a discussion on how we can build the future of Scottish archaeology that we want. 


SAF is run by a committee of postgraduate archaeologists working in Scotland. We invite submissions from people researching across all aspects of Scottish archaeology and are particularly keen to hear from people from traditionally marginalised groups. Speakers will not be required to pay for a ticket to the conference and limited funds are available for travel expenses.  


Subject to any restrictions, we are hoping to have a blended conference, with attendees and speakers participating both online and in person at the University of Glasgow. If this is not possible the conference will be moved to entirely online. The conference will comprise 20-minute papers sorted into thematic panels. Following the conference there will be opportunity to be published in the proceedings.  

We invite papers that explore the following topics: 


Archaeologies of Climate Change

How did changing climatic conditions affect people in the past? Do archaeologies of climate change have lessons for the future? Is there a role for archaeology in the current climate crisis? 

Nationalism and Identity in Archaeology 

How is archaeology used to reflect and shape identities? How is archaeology mobilised in nationalist agendas? And what challenges does this present to archaeologists? 

Innovative Engagement in Archaeology 

Sharing new methods and strategies to communicate archaeology in innovative and creative ways. 

Community Archaeology 

Archaeology for, with, or by the public? Recognising the critical importance of community archaeology and avocational activity to wider disciplinary practice, heritage management, and collaborative research development.  


New Approaches to Old Material 

Reflecting on past archaeological practice in the present. The impact of technological advancements or new methodologies and the potential of old data for new insight.  

Intersectionality and Accessibility 

Obstacles to building a career in archaeology. Current challenges and barriers for students and ECRs from marginalised communities. Issues related to diversity and representation, glass ceilings and ivory towers. Platforming and highlighting the important conversation of how to achieve equity in archaeology.  

New Research (Open Call) 

An invitation to present exciting new findings and introduce new or on-going research projects. 


Approaches listed for these topics are not exhaustive. We also welcome papers adjacent to our descriptions. 


SAF are committed to ensuring this conference is as inclusive as possible so please indicate on the submission form if you require any additional accommodations. If you would like to speak with us directly before submitting or have any additional queries, please contact us at The official language of the conference will be English.

Submission guidelines

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a short biography to by 31st August.