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Archaeology for a Changing Planet - University of Glasgow Archaeology Research Seminar Series

4:00PM - 5:30PM


The importance of COP26 creates an opportunity to draw attention to the work done here in Scotland and globally at the intersection of archaeology, heritage, society, climate and the environment. This year the University of Glasgow Archaeology seminar series highlights the diverse contributions of archaeological and heritage researchers through their work relevant to the central concerns of COP26 including: impacts of climate change, human – environment interactions, landscape change, social responses to environmental and climate change, activist scholarship to promote sustainability, and an overarching commitment to social justice. This seminar series aims to engage a broad research and public community with this work.

Details of all seminars are at:

Please register on eventbrite for a free ticket to attend. Seminars will be recorded and, where agreed by the speakers, made available on the website after the event. 

If you will be local to Glasgow, we have booked room 209, 2 University Gardens where we will meet to screen the seminars on Zoom and to watch as a group. Spaces are limited to 20, so please book your place here to help us manage capacity. After seminar, discussion will continue at The Curler’s Rest, upstairs at the long tables. No booking required. 

Seminar Schedule

22 September -1PM UK – Innocent Pikirayi (University of Pretoria). Archaeology and Climate Change in Africa – Confronting the difficult questions.

29 September – 4PM UK – Sarah Govan (Edinburgh Climate Change Institute) The historic dimension of landscape and a changing climate in Scotland

6 October – 4PM UK – Carla Lancelotti (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) Past, present and future of smart crops: An ethnographic and modelling approach to mapping long-term millets cultivation in drylands

13 October – 4PM UK – Ruben Post (University of St. Andrews) Ancient Graeco-Roman History and the Contemporary Climate Crisis: Rhetoric, Pedagogy, and Relevance

20 October – 4PM UK – Marcy Rockman (University of Maryland and Co-Equal) Landscapes of Knowledge and Power in Climate Change Science and Policy

27 October – 4PM UK – Felix Riede (Aarhus University) Curating catastrophe – bringing the archaeology of past extreme environmental events and their societal impacts to bear on the present

3 November – 4PM UK – Mairi Davies (Historic Environment Scotland)  – Resistance, adaptation, acceptance: managing climate change risk to cultural heritage in Scotland

10 November – 4PM UK – Carole Crumley (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) – Taking Historical Ecology to Administrators and Policy Makers

17 November – 4PM UK – Science Panel (Amy Bogaard – University of Oxford, Andrew Dugmore – University of Edinburgh, Hannah Fluck – Historic England, Ian Simpson – Stirling University, S. Yoshi Maezumi – University of Amsterdam, chaired by Nicki Whitehouse – University of Glasgow) 

24 November – 4PM UK – Susan Pollock and Reinhard Bernbeck (Freie Universität Berlin) – Materiality of Modernity: An Archaeology of World War II Forced Labor Camps in Berlin

1 December – 1PM UK – Xiaolin Ren (Chinese Academy of Sciences) – Incipient urbanism, environmental consequences, and social resilience in the Central Plains of China

8 December – 4PM UK – George Hambrecht (University of Maryland) 

Graduate Students – Submit a poster or short presentation on your ongoing research 

In association with the Terrestrial Archaeology Seminar Series, we’re inviting graduate research students to submit posters and recorded lightning talks on their research related to its themes. Posters will be displayed on the seminar series website from August-December 2021. We will accept posters submitted at any time up to 10 November 2021. We are particularly keen to receive proposals from research students working in Scotland. New posters and recorded talks will be added as they are received.  

Your work will appear at:

Details on how to submit are at:

Contact with any questions. 

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