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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. TRAC 2020 Call for Workshops

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    We are pleased to announce the call for workshops in now open and will close on 15th November. The 30th annual TRAC will be held in the ancient City of Split, Croatia, on 16 – 18 April 2020. The conference will run theme sessions alongside workshops based on informal discussion groups. Proposals to organise a workshop should include the following information: Title of the workshop Name, affiliation, postal address and email of the proposer(s) A short description of the theme or subject area of the workshop and what the workshop format would look like (200-350 words) A list of equipment or material you might need to successfully deliver your workshop (LCD projector, etc.) Submissions should be sent by email to the TRAC Local Organising Committee: trac2020split@gmail.com Workshop proposals will be considered by the TRAC Local Organising Committee and proposers will be...
  2. TRAC 2020 Call for Papers/Posters

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    We are pleased to announce that the Call for Papers/Posters for TRAC 2020 is now open. The Call for Papers will close 15th November and the Call for Posters will close 5th January 2020. The 30th annual TRAC will be held in the ancient City of Split, Croatia, on 16th – 18th April 2020.   Paper Submissions (due 15th November): 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 / general session you are submitting to Title of the paper Name(s) of the speaker(s) Affiliation(s) Contact email(s) An abstract of 200...
  3. TRAC 2020 Call for Sessions

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    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...
  4. TRAJ Call for Papers

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    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...
  5. TRAC 2019 Plenary Lecture

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    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...
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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