TRAC 2019

The Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, is pleased to announce TRAC 2019 will take place from Thursday 11th April until Sunday 14th April. The plenary lecture will be on the evening of the 11th, followed by two days of three conference sessions running in parallel, as well as an ‘un-conference’ session. On the Sunday 14th, delegates will have the choice of excursions to the late Roman Shore Forts of Reculver or Richborough, as well the Painted House in Dover.

Canterbury Cathedral

Situated on a hill overlooking the historic town of Canterbury, which contains its own Roman Museum, the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies is dynamic and diverse. Research in the department spans from the European Iron Age and the early civilisations of the Aegean to the world of Late Antiquity, while we have also recently hosted the Roman Finds Group conference and the Iron Age Research Student Symposium. Furthermore, fittingly, several of our lecturers and PhD students are part of the Centre for Heritage at Kent, for Canterbury boasts three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church. The department also maintains strong ties with Canterbury Archaeological Trust and local archaeology community groups, including Kent Archaeological Society.

The conference will take place in the Grimond building, which is centrally located on campus and is situated on a direct path from Canterbury West station that takes about 25 minutes to walk. Taxis and buses also run from both stations and can drop you at the university in around 10 minutes. Details for travelling to and around Canterbury can be found here.

Sessions will include:

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)

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

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

General Session 1
Organisers: TRAC 2019 Local Committee

General Session 2
Organisers: TRAC 2019 Local Committee

The final programme for TRAC 2019 with all abstracts and pertinent information can be downloaded by clicking here.

The Call for Posters will remain open until Friday 15th March.


Register now! 

Registration for the conference, along with tickets for the conference meal, excursions, and campus accommodation are now available for purchase here. Registration for Early-Bird tickets will cease on Monday 28th January.

Conference accommodation will be situated in Keynes College on campus. For details, click here (note: you must book via the conference link above, not via the accommodation website).

For any questions, please contact:


West Gate Gardens, Canterbury. The Department and University look forward to welcoming you to Kent!

TRAC 2019 Local Organising Committee:

  • Chair: Philip Smither (English Heritage/University of Kent)
  • Vice-Chair: Karl Goodwin (University of Kent)
  • Sophie Chavarria (University of Kent)
  • Dr Jay Ingate (Canterbury Christchurch University)
  • Dr Jo Stoner (University of Kent)
  • Dr David Walsh (University of Kent)
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