(one step) further

Call for Short Paper (Round Table)

Elisabeth MONAMY(1) | Sigrid PETER(2)
( (1)Archeomuse + Universität Bern | (2)Association for preservation and research of castle „Ried am Riederberg + Archeopublica)

Keywords: Citizen participation, Fake News, political engagement, archaeology

Call: After the first approach to citizen participation in archaeology last year asking if it was needed and how it could help archaeologist in their daily work, this round table wants to reach further. Where can citizen participation be of a help without seeming obvious? How can citizen participation help counteract fake news? Spreading the word through citizens science could be easier understood than scientific talks by professionals and therefore help avoid propagation of fake historical information. Which place and positioning does social media have in diffusing widely understandable information? What are the dangers of these short and very superficial channels? Or how can citizen scientists be encouraged to dare to submit a project although the administrative steps seem discouraging, especially in Austria? How can citizen participation in archaeology be a way of political commitment and trying to make a change? Would new technologies like LIDAR, apps or even VR and AR used by many people for their daily work be of a help? Archaeologists won’t need to learn to many new skills and get a full package: manpower including knowledge. To what extend can open data and online communication between archaeologists and interested parties function when the world is at a standstill? How can networked research and interaction with lay people be successful using new technologies?
During the round table 2020 we would like to show on one hand that citizen participation in archaeology can be channelled to reach a common goal or interest but on the other hand that interested citizens should stop moaning and stand up.
Everyone who would like to contribute to this round table is welcome to submit a short (impulse) lecture. Present your own citizen participation project, share your experiences about involving people from different backgrounds – or point out failures.

We invite the widest range of people – up from professionals in all related disciplines to amateurs and citizen scientists of all disciplines to participate in the discussion. The round table consists of many different short impulse lectures (~10 min) and a discussion in which all participants and listeners are invited to actively engage in.

Submission (open April 15, 2020)
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