Call for papers: EPFRN conference "Hobby archaeology: from citizen science to heritage practice communities", Brussels, 10-11 June

On 10-11 June 2024 in Brussels (Belgium), EPFRN is organizing its first international conference on the theme of 'Hobby archaeology: from citizen science to heritage practice communities'. It aims to explore the opportunities and challenges stemming from the engagement of the public with archaeology.

How do these archaeological communities and their practices develop, detached and independent from those of the archaeological profession? What is the nature of knowledge production within such heritage practice communities? How do these frameworks of knowledge and practice relate to professional and academic archaeology? By exploring these issues, the conference ‘Hobby Archaeology’ aims to shift the perspective away from recurring attempts at controlling and instructing these groups towards productive strategies of dialogue and collaboration.

The call for papers is open now, offering options of both regular presentations, and lightning presentations focussing on case studies. We invite submissions up to 20 April 2024. More information here:

The conference is organized by the University of Antwerp, Catholic University of Leuven, University of Bergen, Flanders Heritage and Histories.