CHNT Chairs, | May 26, 2021, 12 am

Excavation of a medieval barrel well discovered during building works, rue du Marais, Brussels, Belgium (©

The health crisis caused by COVID-19 has plunged us into a situation that we did not want and could not imagine. Pandemics are a thing of the past or do not concern us in our industrialised world! For a little over a year now, we have been living in a slow rhythm, punctuated by lockdowns. Our daily lives and work have been turned upside down. The pandemic is also present at CHNT 26: several sessions and round tables revolve around this very particular situation. In order to understand the limits of each call, I offer you a short overview:

ARCHAEOLOGY ZOOMS…  focuses on the new communication possibilities that have emerged because of or have been accelerated by COVID-19. Which tools for communication research or exchange between scientists? What new methods have emerged to interact with the general public?

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION, SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AND WORLD HERITAGE this round table deals with the impact of COVID-19 on museums, digital museum, staff learning and citizen participation. With an emphasis on citizen participation we investigate how the mutual influence and interchange between education, museums, and the lockdown is happening.

© Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Baden-Württemberg im Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart

HOW HAS CORONA CHANGED OUR DAILY SCIENTIFIC WORK? questions how COVID-19 changed our daily scientific work and life. We will take a look at field work and the influence of all the sanitary restrictions imposed but also consider research possibilities in a time when libraries are closed and interaction between colleagues can be difficult.

Auger testing cave deposits in Cyprus (©Theodora Moutsiou)

MUSEUMS IN THE ERA OF COVID is mostly about 3D modelling and their use in the museum sector, especially in times of COVID-19.

We are looking forward for your paper proposals for one of the above mentioned round table or sessions if you have experience to share with us!

Cristiana Barandoni and Andrea Rossi analysing Farnese Hercules from ancient polychromy point of view, National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
Foto credits: Shao-Chun Huang, MannInColours

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