– Call for Sessions –

The ICAZ 2023 Conference Organising Committee invites session proposals, particularly those connected to the overall conference theme of ‘Oceans and Coasts – Past, Present and Future, and/or the following four sub-themes of:

  • Dynamic Landscapes, Dynamic Cultures
  • People and Animals in the Social World
  • Science and Zooarchaeology
  • Coastal and Maritime Connections

Additionally, we would like to invite session proposals that focus on Ethics and First Nations Heritage. These proposals may connect to the conference themes, although this is not a requirement of session proposals within this specific theme.

Session organisers should provide a title and abstract (up to 250 words) for the proposed session within a nominated theme, with an estimate of the number of individual papers requested. Please note that all papers will be strictly 15 minutes in duration, with 5 minutes Q&A. Sessions proposals will normally be for a single session of 2 hours (6 papers), although depending on numbers of papers expected, sessions may run as double sessions (4 hours) or longer.

Close of Session proposals: 15 November 2022 Extended to 30 November 2022

Following assessment of session proposals by the Conference Scientific Committee, decisions on acceptance of prosed sessions will be communicated to the session organisers in December 2022.

Further announcements will be made concerning the submission of paper and poster abstracts, however the key dates for these will be:

  • Opening of paper/poster abstracts: 10 January 2023
  • Close of paper/poster abstracts: 21 February 2023

 Please also note that presenters may only present one paper and one poster during the conference, although they may be co-authors on other papers and posters. Session organisers and presenters must be ICAZ members to participate and attend the conference.

To become an ICAZ member, please follow this link: https://alexandriaarchive.org/icaz-wp/

– Conference Themes –

Dynamic Landscapes, Dynamic Cultures

Landscapes are the result of the long-term interaction between humans, animals, climate and the environment.  The zooarchaeological record can play an important role in the interpretation of these landscapes.  Papers investigating all aspects of these interactions are welcome under this theme including seasonality, taphonomy, migration, colonisation, settlement, domestication and extinction.  We hope this session will highlight new research and encourage dialogue as to how these can be identified and how this informs on human behaviour. 

People and Animals in the Social World

Animals and people cohabit the same landscapes and are often reliant upon each other in complex ways.  Each contributes to the construction of the lifeworld of the other.  Here we wish to explore the myriad ways in which humans and animals play a role in constituting each other’s worlds.  Such roles can range from the non-prosaic use of faunal raw materials for artefact production, to the intertwined lives of people and domesticates, to the role of animals in social and cosmological life, and the deliberate modification of landscapes to affect responses in animals and other people.  We welcome diverse case studies and theoretical approaches.

Science and Zooarchaeology

The application of scientific techniques to zooarchaeological analysis has long been a part of specialist research, but ever-increasing advances in technology are rapidly providing new tools to offer greater levels of insight and accuracy.  In this session we will examine and explore new scientific techniques, advances in and creative applications of standing techniques, and discuss blue-skies possibilities for the role of science in zooarchaeological analysis.

Coastal and Maritime Connections

Coastal and marine environments, and the range of vertebrate and invertebrate resources they contain, are increasingly recognised as having played pivotal roles in human evolution, global dispersals and colonisation, and later behavioural/cultural developments worldwide.  Coasts encompass and connect dynamic terrestrial and marine environments, providing a backdrop for complex and variable human social and economic behaviours through time and space.  Here we explore the characteristics of coastal and maritime adaptations, and the transformative nature of the connection between coastal, marine and maritime environments on human sociocultural and economic structures.