Welcome to the TRAC website, home of the celebrated annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, TRAC publications, and additional events.

TRAC is an unincorporated voluntary association that has developed from and around the annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference series held since 1991. The first TRAC conference was held to widen the range of perspectives offered, and voices heard, in Roman archaeology. This was a major success, and TRAC has made a major contribution to research in Roman archaeology over the past 25+ years. Following on from its initial success, TRAC continues to organise annual conferences and workshops in addition to producing publications in the form of a themed series – TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeoolgy – and an open-access journal – The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ). Individual conferences are primarily organised by a Local Organising Committee with the support of the TRAC Standing Committee and a number of sponsoring organisations. Since the mid-1990s, TRAC has been held—in alternate years—alongside the Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) organised by the Archaeology Committee of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (aka ‘The Roman Society’).

Recent Site Updates

  1. New Call For Papers & Workshops: TRAC 2020 – postponed 2022 (Split)

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    We are pleased to announce that a new Call for Papers for select postponed TRAC 2020 sessions as well as a Call for Workshops is now open. The Call for Papers & Workshops will close 4th December. The 30th annual TRAC will be held in the ancient City of Split, Croatia, on 6th – 8th April 2022. Select Call For Papers (due 4th December): Please indicate which theme session you wish to contribute to, or if you are submitting to the general session. Any papers that are not accepted for a themed session will be considered for the general session (organised by the Local Organising Committee). The different theme sessions and organisers are listed below. Paper submissions for TRAC sessions should include: Title of the theme session Title of the paper Name(s) of the speaker(s) Affiliation(s) Contact email(s) An abstract of 200 – 250 words All submissions should be...
  2. TRAC Webinar Series 2021-22 starting on 9th November 2021

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    TRAC is pleased to announce our new 2021–2022 webinar series. All webinars will take place Tuesdays at 17:00 (UK Time) over Zoom. To register for a lecture, you can view or download the webinar schedule 2021-2022. Many of the webinars will also be recorded and uploaded to our TRAC YouTube channel. Please note that the Keynote Lecture by Marko A. Jankovic will take place on May 24, 2022: “Pagans, Christians or just plain old Romans? Religious identities in the Late Roman Period”. Registration is now open!
  3. Call for Papers – TRAJ Volume 5

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    Submissions are now open for Volume 5 of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ), to be published in 2022. TRAJ provides a venue for innovative and interdisciplinary research in the field of Roman archaeology. The journal promotes the use of theoretical approaches to the Roman past and facilitates fresh interpretations of all forms of archaeological material. TRAJ invites papers on any aspect of theoretical and critical approaches to Roman archaeology, including articles that reflect on our work as Roman archaeologists after over a year of Covid-19 restrictions. We will also consider proposals for a special issue theme volume with guest editors. To publish a paper in TRAJ please submit a full article (5,000 – 10,000 words) via our online system (https://traj.openlibhums.org/login/?next=/submit/start/ OR https://traj.openlibhums.org/). Deadline for volume 5 is 1st October 2021. If you would like to contact us about publishing your article or a theme issue in TRAJ please email journal@trac.org.uk
  4. TRAC Webinar Schedule

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    TRAC is pleased to announce the start of a new webinar series running 2020–2021. All webinars will take place Tuesdays at 17:00 (UK Time) over zoom. To register for a lecture, you can view or download the schedule. Many of the webinars will also be recorded and uploaded to our TRAC YouTube channel.
  5. TRAC Keynote Webinar

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    The inaugural TRAC keynote webinar will be given by Dr. Chiara Bonacchi Tuesday 3 November, 5pm (GMT). Contemporary populist nationalism and Roman Myths “This seminar will examine the roles of Roman myths of origin, resistance and collapse in the making (and, potentially, dismantling) of contemporary populist nationalism in Europe and the US, from a digital heritage perspective. Social media have been central to the construction of populist discourses in these regions of the world, for their ability to connect ‘the people’ with populist movements and parties against a more or less imagined ‘elite’. On these online fields, images of the Roman past are deployed at fast pace and through the aggregation of framings created by experts, media industries, politicians, activists and other social media users. How are Roman myths travelling on social media spaces and how do they work to create antagonistic...
TRAC is the organisation behind the annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, TRAC Workshops, TRAC Proceedings (1991-2016), the TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeology book series, and the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ). This site is maintained by the TRAC Standing Committee. Contact us for further details or inquiries.

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