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Mile High Anthropology: A Cause for Celebration
You are invited to join the Department of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on February 23rd from 4:30-6:30pm, for an evening of food, drink, tours of our new collections facility, and an opportunity to catch up with local colleagues. RSVP by February 5 to Carla.Bradmon@dmns.org

Long before kitten videos, animals inspired art
Erin Baxter, PhD candidate, curated this exhibit at the CU Museum on
“Animals in Antiquity” exploring meanings humans have associated with animals over time.
Read the full story in the CU online A&S Magazine at: http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2015/10/long-before-kitten-videos-animals-inspired-art/

TAG 2016


Theme and Call for Papers | Registration and Deadlines | Plenary | Location and Accommodation | Sponsors and Organizers | Contact and Connect

About TAG

TAG was founded in Great Britain in 1979 with the aim of exploring inter-disciplinary theoretical issues and discussing their application and use in archaeological interpretation. It has always been an exploratory venue for progressive and innovative archaeological research. The annual conference meeting is an important part of the TAG mission, and these meetings started at universities in North America in 2008 with the first meeting held at Columbia University.


Call for Session Proposals

Theme: Bolder Theory: time, matter, ontology and the archaeological difference

We have all been inspired by theory. At one stage or another in our archaeological careers, we’ve encountered thinking that prompted us to ask new questions, work with new models and heuristics, pursue new lines of empirical enquiry, expose ourselves to inter-disciplinary thought, question our operating assumptions, or confirm our unspoken ideas and inclinations. Bold theory: theory that makes a difference – to us, to the discipline, to those we work with, and perhaps to other disciplines and our public partners.


This year the conference’s setting in Boulder, Colorado merges with our theme: what is bolder theory? Across the academy we sense an increased interest in things, in the matter of life. At the same time archaeologists are taking descendant and stakeholder communities seriously, including an increased commitment to consider alternate, non-Western philosophies and values. Collectively these ideas are provoking bold theorizing in archaeology. The plenary session will get us thinking about bold theory through considering the congruence of non-Western philosophies and theoretical approaches that take, to varying degree, a relational perspective on people and things. While issues of ontology, indigenous philosophy, animism and temporality will form the basis of the plenary session conversation, we encourage participants to consider bold theory in the broadest sense and sessions need not be limited to these topics.



Extended to 7 February! | Session Proposals | submitted directly to TAG2016@colorado.edu

We encourage session proposals, workshops, poster presentations and creative contributions.

In your submission please include:

  • Session Title
  • Session Abstract of no more than 400 words
  • Session co-organizer(s) and email(s) (if any)
  • Session Format (e.g. length of papers, workshop, “unconference”, conversation, etc.)
  • Anticipated number of presentations/participants

February 22, 2016  | Paper Abstracts | submitted directly to session organizer(s) beginning January 10, 2016

  • (sessions posted with email contact(s) after January 10)


  • What: North American Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference
  • When: 22-24 April, 2016
  • Where: Boulder, Colorado
  • Contact: TAG2016@colorado.edu
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