CALL FOR PAPERS
This conference will explore the material and pictorial traces of gestures and bodily
communication in the past, and how these can and are reconstructed from the archaeological
record through media such as art, artefacts, texts, architecture and the treatment of the body.
The aim of this conference is to stimulate an exchange of ideas on the subject of gestures and
bodily communication amongst different research areas in archaeology and related disciplines,
and to promote consideration of the methods and frameworks used to analyse and interpret the
importance and purpose that gestures played in past societies.
Topics for a 20-minute paper may include, but are not restricted to, considerations of gestures
in art, interactions between gestural representations and audiences, physical traces of bodily
techniques in material culture, and residues of gestural performance in architecture. We also
encourage papers which employ cross-disciplinary (particularly from anthropology, sociology
and psychology) and/or cross-cultural approaches to gesture theories within the field of
archaeology. We believe that bringing together archaeologists with other experts is not only
highly desirable, but also a necessity for gaining a deeper insight into the role of bodily
Applicants are requested to submit an abstract of up to 250 words with their name, title and
We intended to publish the conference proceedings and therefore we encourage submissions
from contributors who will be able to submit a paper for publication.