AEA Webinars 2020


Dear All,

As you are aware, we had to postpone the 41st Association for Environmental Archaeology fall meeting to be held in Groningen, The Netherlands, to 2021. We have however been able to come up with a great alternative. Based on the four themes planned for the conference, we will organize four webinars, to be held in September and October. Each session will have a keynote speaker (30 minutes) addressing the various aspects of sustainability and environmental archaeology. This presentation will be followed by two presentations (15 minutes each) by early career researchers (ECRs), preferably PhD students in the final stages of their research. ECRs are invited to submit papers to one of the four themes and to reflect upon the relevance and implications of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their research. As there are only two spots per session (eight in total) this call is quite competitive, but we encourage everyone interested to submit an abstract to one of the four sessions. A physical conference will be held in Groningen in Fall 2021 and people can re-submit their paper to present during the conference if they did not make the cut this year.


Session 1: September 15th 7pm (CET) – Sustainability of the Profession – Dr Gill Campbell – Historic England & Chair of the AEA

Session 2: September 29th 7pm (CET) – Sustainability in the Past – Dr Kristina Douglass – Pennsylvania State University

Session 3: October 13th 7pm (CET) – Sustainability and the Environment: Dr Camilla Speller – University of British Columbia

Session 4: October 27th 7 pm (CET) – Social Sustainability: Prof. Christine Hastorf – University of California, Berkeley

The goal of this conference is to address sustainability in the field of environmental archaeology. Sustainability is a key issue in societal, political, and scientific debate. The pressing need to create a more sustainable future is reflected in the United Nations’ ‘urgent call to action’ detailed in seventeen SDGs. This raises the question of how the issue of “sustainability” is or should be incorporated into archaeological research, practice, and discourse.

The seventeen goals and the concept of “sustainability” will be central to the 2020 AEA webinars. They are addressed and explored through four themes: “Sustainability of the Profession”, “Sustainability in the Past”, “Sustainability and the Environment”, and “Social Sustainability”. Through these themes the webinars will revolve around the concept ‘sustainable environmental archaeology’, exploring it from different perspectives and topics.

For more information see:

If you are interested in presenting your research, please download the form from the webpage and email the completed form to

The deadline for the call for papers is August 16th 23:59 2020

Successful applicants for session 1 will be informed by August 19th, while for the other 3 sessions successful applicants will be informed by August 25th

Best wishes,

The 41st AEA Organization team (Nathalie Brusgaard, Canan Çakirlar, Merit Hondelink, Youri van den Hurk, Arnoud Maurer, Mans Schepers, Taravat Talebi Seyyedsaran, and Francesca Slim)