Gender and Digital Culture
A study exploring the impact of digital media on everyday professional relationships and communications. A collaboration with Lucy Shipley, Jim Osborne, and Graeme Earl (University of Southampton).
Çatalhöyük Visualisation Project
An interdisciplinary project comprised of researchers and students from York and Southampton working both to analyse the vast visual archive from the renowned site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey, and to produce new imagery and graphic materials for scholarly and more general purposes, including the on-site Visitor’s Centre.
Seeing, Thinking, Doing: Visualisation as Archaeological Research
A forum for debate on visualisation as method, theory, public and professional practice in archaeology. A collaboration with Cat Cooper and Gareth Beale (University of Southampton).
The Heritage Jam
An interdisciplinary showcase and competition seeking to inspire innovation in heritage visualisation. Open to archaeologists, heritage practitioners, historians, artists, animators, designers, programmers, conservators, museums professionals, students and other interested specialists and members of the public, we aim to join people together – either in groups or independently – to experiment with the creation of new, forward-thinking visualisations of the past. Ultimately we seek to foster partnerships, friendships and creative links that push on the boundaries of heritage interpretation, injecting new ideas into the field and growing the heritage industry overall.
Alan Sorrell Project
A pilot study of the archive of the artist and archaeological illustrator, Alan Sorrell. During the mid-20th century, Sorrell produced defining images of many of Britain’s most renowned archaeological sites, and in so doing, arguably helped to transform the institutional and intellectual dimensions of British archaeology. With a neo-Romantic sensibility and a career that included employment by the former Ministry of Works, he stands at the junction of a series of potent conceptual concerns in the discipline—between art and archaeology; academic and broader public consumption; discipline and imagination; scholarship and governmental establishment.
VIA – Visualisation in Archaeology
Visualisation in Archaeology has been established in order to provide a ‘space’ in which high quality research can be undertaken around interrelated themes centred on visual communication in archaeology. Connecting researchers through its web platform, its annual workshops, an international conference scheduled for 2010, its online bibliography and research showcase, and various related outputs, VIA aims to inform professional standards around pictorial practice, investigate viable guidelines for imaging, and, in so doing, articulate an intellectual framework for the visualisation of archaeological data.
HARN – Histories of Archaeology Research Network
HARN is an inter-university collective of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers dedicated to the study of the histories and philosophies of archaeology. HARN seeks to advance the historical study of the discipline — and of its many outputs and offshoots — via regular meetings at the Society of Antiquaries in London, and the cultivation of relationships between its members and established scholars. New postgraduate and postdoctoral students with research concerns for the discipline’s past are encouraged to join by contacting the network’s email account at harngroup @ googlemail . com
See article on HARN in the Museums and Galleries History Group Newsletter 7: 3 (2008).
SVA – Society for Visual Anthropology
I have an interest in encouraging archaeologists to contribute to the SVA (a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA)) given its truly interdisciplinary nature and its commitment to sponsoring forums (like the annual Visual Research Conference, and its various special event and roundtable sessions at AAA conferences) which aim to help scholars work through in-progress and problematic visual study in open, cooperative settings. I have been involved in SVA events since 2005, and I currently sit on its ethics committee. I would like to see archaeologists continue to add to the conversation and complicate its analysis.