Together with Aris Politopoulos and Csilla Arise from the VALUE Foundation, I co-organise a session at the International CAA conference in Amsterdam next year. The session will be about #Archaeogaming and I couldn’t be more excited! If you are into the topic, please consider applying!

What is the #Archaeogaming session about?

So our session S11 is called “The Age of #Archaeogaming: The Past and Future of Archaeology + Video Games” and we want to take a look at the origins, the current state of research and the future of Archaeogaming. While the origins can not be pinpointed to a singular point in time, several scholars have published about the topic since the 2000s. The origins of the field were characterised by a great freedom of exploration.

Today, the field has attracted many participants and various conferences are dedicated to Archaeogaming. Studies have included a wide variety of topics like decolonizing and ethical movements, collaborative digital survey projects, and game making experiments. The future of Archaeogaming finally is very open. New technologies and a more accepted integration of Archaeogaming in scientific research are only some ideas we have right now.

Who can and should apply?

If your research falls into these topics or similar, then you can and should apply! We welcome students and scholars whether you are new to the field or have been following and contributing over the years. We welcome traditional paper presentations as well as playful projects and game demonstrations. Plus: The CAA is a very nice and friendly place, where like-minded people meet to discuss about Digital and Computational Archaeology. So other sessions, although not as cool, are also interesting.

The deadline for application is the 17th of October 2022, so not much time! You can find more information on the Call for Papers page of the conference and of course you have to be member of the CAA. If you are not a regular member, you can join only for next year though.

What about Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is great! I’ve been there a couple of days ago and although it was rainy, the city has a lot to offer. The organisers write:

Amsterdam is a convenient and welcoming conference location. It is a compact city with excellent public transport. It is bike-friendly, and has a multitude of cultural attractions, an almost infinite array of bars and restaurants, and a world-famous historic centre that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It would be great if you or someone you know might consider applying, so our session will become big. Archaeogaming needs promotion and we need scholars interested in the topic. Let’s meet! Tot ziens!

Sebastian Hageneuer

Founder & Editor

About the Author

My name is Sebastian. I am a research associate at the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Cologne, Germany, Discipline for Archaeoinformatics. My special interest lies in reconstructing ancient architecture and thinking about ways to present archaeological knowledge to other researchers and the public in an informative and appealing way. I teach 3D documentation of material culture as well as 3D modelling and archaeological reconstruction and work on several projects as part of my job.

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