TRAC 2019 Call for Papers and Posters

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The Call for Papers and Posters for TRAC 2019 is now open and will close on December 2nd. TRAC 2019 will be held at the University of Kent in Canterbury on 11th – 14th of April. There will be a wide variety of sessions on offer (see below) as well as several workshops (TBC).

Paper submissions for TRAC sessions should include:

  • The speaker’s name and title
  • Institution
  • Contact email
  • An abstract of 200 – 250 words

Please indicate which session you wish to contribute to, or if you are submitting for the general session. If the session is oversubscribed, submitted papers will also be considered for the general session. Below is the list of accepted sessions and organisers.

Paper proposers will be informed of the session organiser’s decision once they are made.

All submissions should be sent by email to the Canterbury TRAC Local Organising Committee at


Urban Religion in Roman North Africa
Organisers: Valentino Gasparini (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), Asuman Lätzer-Lasar (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt)

Cross-channel relations: Kent and the Gallic coast in the Roman period
Organiser: Philip Smither (University of Kent)

Who am I – and if so how many? Identity research and research identity
Organisers: Sarah Scheffler (University of Leicester), Dominik Maschek (University of Oxford), Henry Clarke (University of Leeds), Daniel Van Helden (University of Leicester)

Resurgence of Native Styles and Practices in the Roman Provinces
Organiser: Peter S. Wells (University of Minnesota)

Sensory and cognitive approaches to Roman religious ritual(s)
Organisers: Blanka Misic (Champlain College), Abigail Graham (University of Warwick)

Whose history is this? Multivocal narratives of Roman archaeology
Organisers: Karl Goodwin (University of Kent), Antony Lee (University of Durham)

Un-Sacred Spaces? Decoration of Space for Ritual Purposes
Organisers: Carla Brain (University of Leicester), Adam Parker (Open University)

New perspectives within commercial Roman archaeology
Organisers: Francesca Mazzilli (Cambridge Archaeological Unit), Oscar Aldred (Cambridge Archaeological Unit)

Revisiting the Limes: Space, place and experience on the Roman frontiers
Organisers: Anna Walas (University of Leicester), Joanne Ball (University of Liverpool)

Settlements, scale and socio-economic stress
Organisers: John W. Hanson (University of Colorado), Matthew Mandich (ISAR), Katherine Crawford (University of Southampton)

What’s it worth? The value(s) of Roman material culture
Organisers: Jo Stoner (University of Kent), Boris Burandt (Goethe Universität)

General Session
Organisers: TRAC 2019 Comittee


Unconference Sessions

Roman Canterbury, in theory
Organiser: Jake Weekes (Canterbury Archaeological Trust)

Marginalised or just on the fringes? 
Organiser: Birgitta Hoffmann (Roman Gask Project, MANCENT)

Mel Novum: New directions in the archaeology of beekeeping in the Roman world 
Organisers: David Wallace-Hare (University of Toronto), David Quixal (University de València)

Much of the content for these sessions will arise from the discussion on the day. If you do have an idea or project on which you are working and wish to share, please send this to the conference email. This will allow the convener to get a sense of the range of talking points that people wish to discuss.



The Call for Posters is also open. 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.

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