In the last couple weeks, we got a lot of eMails and submissions for our conference. We are very happy on how this whole idea comes to life and the general interest in our 2-day conference. As we have a couple of main topics in mind, we are very open to new ideas for the topic of “Communicating the Past in the Digital Age”. The Call for Papers is out now for over two months and we saw our call in several mailing lists, Twitter feeds or websites.
Time to take a closer look on why we do this conference and what it is all about: The symposium was funded by the Stifterverband and the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine Westphalia. It is part of a larger project called “Experience of Antiquity with help of an Archaeology of the Senses” where we test new ways and equipment for teaching and learning Archaeology and Archaeoinformatics at the Archaeological Institute. This larger project is part of the funding, which is under the main topic of “Digital Teaching in Academia”.
As funding for teaching is often not present, we saw our opportunity to organise a conference that especially focuses not only on new technologies, but on their application in academic teaching. We want to know in which ways VR, AR, 3D Printing, Archaeogaming, Museum communication and other fields within digital archaeology can help to communicate the past (whether in museums, universities or public outreach) in our digital age.
We want to encourage you to participate in any of the given fields. We provide travel expenses, accommodation and some extras during the two days in Cologne. You have one week to send us a 500 word abstract for your presentation. After the conference, your contributions can be published in an open access publication, where we want to collect articles on the same topic. For further information, please have a look at our Call for Papers.
Hope to hear from you soon!