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This is the first announcement of our 27th annual meeting that, as many of you are well aware, we will make in confluence and jointly with the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) and their 25th Annual Meeting to be held in Bern (Swizerland) from the 5th to 7th of September 2019 (click here for more information).
The motto of the 25th EAA is Beyond Paradigms, and we believe that this can be a good option for us as well, so we believe that Cultural Astronomy beyond Paradigms describes the situation in our field in the current times, where after several decades striving to develop and settle a methodology we’re now seeking new ways to open up to other paradigms.
Doing our meeting in confluence with possibly the major association of archaeologists in Europe is a challenge for us. Of course, we must first gather together to present our research as we normally do, so this first announcement is an open invitation to all members to submit their research. But at the same time we want to do it so that it attracts archaeologists and related researchers, so that the gap between our two fields closes a bit more.
The scientific part of the EAA annual meeting runs for three days (next will be from 5-7 September) and we have opted to adapt our conference to that period (3 days) to maximize our interaction with the archaeologists. This will allow that, although Bern is admittedly an expensive venue, the expenses for lodging will not be as high as for a 5 day conference.
SEAC’s EC, who is acting as SOC for our part of the conference, has prepared a scheme within the EAA with 5 main sets. First, there will be a Keynote Lecture. As many of you may probably know, the EAA meetings are normally composed of parallel sessions and a (small) number of Keynote Lectures invited by the organization. We have been invited to present one of those lectures, and we are working in devising an attractive program for it.
There will also be three parallel sessions. The session’s abstracts and aims can be downloaded here and I would like to invite you to consider sending your proposed talks for one of those sessions. The call for papers opens December 19th, 2018 and will close on February 14th, 2019.
You will notice that the session have the numbers that are been given by the EAA LOC. When consider submitting your abstract, please identify the intended session you want to send it to. There will be a number of invited speakers as well. The abstracts will then be evaluated by the SEAC-EC who will act as the SOC for all three sessions.
Finally we have also scheduled a round table where two Cultural Astronomers will debate with two Archaeologists and the public on the bridges and gaps between our disciplines. We believe this is a perfect venue for trying to understand each other.
As the closing of our conference, we will have the SEAC AGM on Saturday 7th afternoon.
Other social events are being prepared together with the LOC, and will be duly announce soon.
A. César González García
President of SEAC
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