Call for contributors: The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and the Media in the 21st Century 

Published by  Communications

On 28th Apr 2021

The field of archaeology has long entertained media coverage in print, on television and in film. With the rapid expansion of the internet, mobile technologies and video gaming, archaeology has become further immersed in digital media. Whether the use of these platforms are for public engagement, scholarly communication or pure entertainment, the field of archaeology is irretrievably part of the media landscape.

This edited volume brings together archaeology and media scholarship to explore the impact of contemporary twenty first century media on the field of archaeology. It seeks to offer new insights into new and old media for archaeology and communication. The handbook will provide a comprehensive survey of archaeology and media with chapters grouped into six sections

  1. Archaeology and traditional media 
  2. Creating archaeology for media 
  3. Digital public engagement in the 21st Century 
  4. Archaeological ethics in the digital age
  5. Archaeology and the media in a fake news era
  6. The future of archaeology and the media

The editor is especially, but not only, interested in contributions that focus on:

  • Archaeology and print media
  • The evolution of TV archaeology
  • Archaeology in film
  • Archaeology and art, photography and radio.
  • Experiences of creating media about archaeology 
  • Digital public archaeology
  • Social media
  • Archaeology and video games
  • Archaeological interpretation, 3D, VR, AR and mobile technologies
  • Media disinformation, fake news and archaeology
  • Media-propagated cult archaeologies
  • Online archaeological conspiracy theories such as ‘ancient aliens’
  • Nationalism and archaeology in the digital world
  • The future of media and archaeology 
  • Archaeology of artificial and digital worlds
  • Artificial intelligence, digital humanities and digital archaeology
  • The archaeology of the Anthropocene
  • Ethical considerations for the future of archaeology and the media


Submissions
The editor invites submissions that respond to the multiple foci of the handbook and also welcomes general enquiries about a particular topic’s suitability. Please submit 300 word abstracts, and a brief introduction to your work electronically as MS Word attachments to Lorna-Jane Richardson lorna.richardson@uea.ac.uk by Tuesday 1 June.  Chapters will be approximately 7000-8000 words in length including references. 

  • 1 June 2021 Submission of Abstracts
  • 15 June 2021 Response of Editor to Authors
  • 10 October 2021 Submission of Draft Chapters by Authors
  • 3 December 2021 Review Comments / Revision Suggestions Returned to Authors
  • 31 January 2022 Final Submission of Chapters by Authors
  • March 2022 Submission of Handbook to Routledge

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