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
We are pleased to announce the call for sessions in now open! The TRAC 2020 Local Organising Committee is pleased to invite proposals for themed conference sessions. A TRAC session should consist of 4 to 6 presentations (double-sessions and half-sessions will be considered) Presentations should last no longer than 30 minutes Speakers are asked to leave sufficient time at the end of their papers for questions from the audience, though time for more general discussion can also be included at the end of sessions The official conference language is English Proposals to organise conference sessions should include the following information: Title of the session Name, affiliation, postal address and email of the proposer(s) A short description of the theme or subject area of the session (not more than 300 words) A list of up to 6 proposed speakers and titles/themes...
Submissions are now open for Volume 3 of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ). TRAJ is a new open access journal hosted by the Open Library of Humanities (https://www.openlibhums.org/site/about/). Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal 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 datasets, rather than solely the presentation of archaeological data. The journal’s geographic focus is the whole of the Roman world, including areas beyond the frontiers where Roman influence was evident. The journal’s temporal scope is from the Bronze Age to the Late Antique period; however, the subject of most contributions will usually range from the third century BC to the fifth century AD. TRAJ papers are derived from TRAC events and open submissions. In order to publish in the third volume...
As many will have seen in the programme, the TRAC 2019 Plenary Lecture ‘De-colonising Roman Archaeology’ will be given by Dr Zena Kamash (Royal Holloway). Zena has worked on a wide range of themes in Roman archaeology, including memory, water technologies, and religion (including as assistant director of the The Vale and Ridgeway Project). More recently, Zena has focused on how archaeology is presented to the public, particularly concerning post-conflict reconstruction in the Middle East, and this will be the subject of her lecture: “What does it mean to ‘decolonise’ Roman archaeology? Can we? Should we? In this plenary lecture, I will explore these questions looking back to the history of Roman archaeology, as well as looking at our present and potential futures. With a particular focus on the Middle East, I will look at the biases and silencing of voices...
The preliminary programme for TRAC 2019, including abstracts for sessions, papers, and workshops, is now available here. We will be continuing to update the programme in the coming weeks with additional information. It is an exciting and diverse programme of speakers and we look forward to welcoming you to Canterbury in April! Additionally, don’t forget the Call for Posters will remain open until Friday 15th March. To submit an abstract (200-250 words) for a poster, email it with your name and institution to TRAC2019@kent.ac.uk. We will be accepting both hardcopy and digital posters. Hardcopy posters will be displayed in the atrium outside the sessions. Digital posters will be on a rolling display on a projector, which can take one of two formats: A 5-minute video presentation about your research. A 5-minute automated PowerPoint presentation.
The programme for sessions and activities at TRAC 2019 is now available for download here, with the full list of papers to be posted in early February. You can also download an information pack about Canterbury, including transport links, facilities, and general orientation here. Additionally, you can now book campus accommodation (en-suite rooms with breakfast included) via the conference registration page. For further details on this accommodation, see here (please note you cannot use the college website to book for TRAC accommodation). If you have any further questions, please contact the local organising committee at email@example.com