IAW Call for Proposals 2022-2023

The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is now accepting submissions for the 2022-2023 academic year!

Winter quarter deadline: January 6, 2023

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis for the Spring.

Looking for feedback on a conference paper, MA thesis, or dissertation chapter you’ve been working on? Have you been catching up on field reports and archival research over the past few months? The Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop is now accepting submissions for the 2022-2023 academic year.

This year’s IAW theme: Archaeology in and of the Present asks archaeologists to consider why archaeology is an impactful and resonant discipline and how we can ensure that it continues to be  so. What are the ways that archaeologists are reckoning with our varied legacies while also looking forward to new horizons? How are archaeologists engaging new methodologies and technologies from other disciplines? What can we learn from and contribute to fields like environmental science, biology, psychology, or even computer science? How can we approach art and literature as analytical or explanatory tools in addition to objects of study? How are archaeologists addressing questions of data access and, in a similar vein, community engagement? For this year’s IAW, we invite archaeologists from around the UChicago community and beyond to consider the impact of our discipline both in and outside the academy, and to uncover and examine the wide range of possibilities that archaeological thought opens up. We hope this will be a space to explore new technological, methodological, and theoretical approaches, to revisit existing work through different lenses, and to learn about interesting collaborations either within or outside the academic world.

Students may opt for a presentation, pre-circulate a paper for discussion, or participate in the “Talking Behind Your Back” exercise created at the University of Minnesota. The “Talking Behind Your Back” exercise involves a discussion of the author’s work in which the presenter must listen without contributing, allowing them to understand the impact of their ideas on an interdisciplinary group of scholars. This format was introduced to IAW by previous coordinators and received positive feedback from presenters and attendees alike; we are excited to continue to offer it as an option in 2022-23!

If you are interested in presenting a paper or an ongoing analysis to IAW, please contact Çağlayan Bal (NELC, balc@uchicago.edu) and Jessica Urban (ANTH, urban@uchicago.edu) with the following information:



Year in program

Paper title

Type of paper (e.g., dissertation chapter, MA paper, conference paper)

A short abstract or summary

The quarter(s) in which you are able to present (if more than one, please list your preferences in ranked order, and we will do our best to accommodate)

Preference for in-person or virtual setting

Additionally, please email us if you have suggestions for guest speakers for next year or would like to be added to the IAW listserv.