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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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...
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. While TRAJ invites papers on any aspect of theoretical and critical approaches to Roman archaeology, for our current volume, articles addressing but not limited to the following themes are especially welcome: Roman archaeology in a time of global crisis Digital approaches to pedagogy, fieldwork, and data Health, medicine, and disease in the Roman world TRAC at 30 – retrospect and prospect in theoretical Roman archaeology To publish a paper in TRAJ please submit a full article (5,000 – 10,000 words) via our online system. We have extended the submission deadline for volume 4 to November 30th 2020. If you would like to contact us about publishing your article in TRAJ please email email@example.com
TRAC (Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference) is excited to announce that we will be running a webinar series on Tuesday evenings (time TBA) beginning in November. To submit a paper, please email a 300 word abstract as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 2nd 2020. Proposals that engage with theoretical topics within Roman archaeology are welcome from researchers at all levels, including students, early-career researchers, practitioners, and academics. The full program of seminars will be announced at the beginning of November. All presentations will take place over Zoom and will be archived on Youtube.