Postgraduate Zooarchaeology Forum
An informal conference and networking event for postgraduate and early career zooarchaeology researchers
When: 3rd & 4th November, 2012
Where: University of Sheffield, Humanities Research Institute (HRI), Gell Street, Sheffield
Abstract deadline: October 1st, 2012 Registration Deadline: October 19th, 2012
PZAF provides a friendly forum for postgraduate (both Masters and PhD) and early career zooarchaeology researchers to present their research and to meet and socialise with others in a similar position. The event is hosted by the University of Sheffield Zooarchaeology Laboratory and presentations may take place over either one or two days depending on demand. PZAF aims to act as a springboard from which people will feel encouraged to present at larger academic conferences, and we welcome submissions from all stages of research.
The first PZAF took place at Cardiff University in November 2009 (organised by Richard Madgwick). It was a great success, with 17 papers and 7 posters presented by researchers from institutions across Europe. Overall there were more than 40 attendees. In the evening we went for a meal, followed by an intense but convivial game of skittles at a local pub. The following August at ICAZ 2010 in Paris, Roz Gillis organised a PZAF speed-networking event which gave attendees the opportunity to meet young ICAZ members from around the world. Again, the event was a success; so many people attended that we struggled to fit in the auditorium! With the latest PZAF meeting in Sheffield we have returned to a conference-style event which we hope will continue in the tradition of the previous two.
The deadline for abstract submission for oral presentations and posters is the 1st October. The registration deadline is the 19th October. All participants and presenters need to register by completing the downloadable registration form on the right of this page.
The conference is held in November in order to maximise the number of new postgraduate students who can benefit from attending the event. In particular, this timing will allow recent Masters students an opportunity to present their completed dissertation research, while also accommodating new PhD candidates in the early stages of their work. In addition to the academic aspect of this event, PZAF is also dedicated to networking, and opportunities to socialise in an informal environment will also be on the agenda. Optional social gatherings for dinner and drinks will take place on Saturday night, and a fieldtrip around Sheffield is scheduled for Sunday.
Oral and poster presentations are restricted to zooarchaeology students and early career researchers, although attendance by the wider academic and professional community is encouraged to maximise networking opportunities and knowledge transfer.
Every effort has been made to keep costs to a minimum, and the event has a £10 registration fee. This fee will cover tea and coffee, Saturday lunch, and a wine reception in the evening. Payment details are included on the registration form. Accommodation, where possible, can be arranged with Sheffield postgraduate students. Alternatively, there is a downloadable list of affordable local hostels/hotels available on the right of the page.
Proceedings of the conference will be published in a special issue of Assemblage, the Sheffield graduate journal of archaeology. Presenters will have the opportunity to submit their presentation/poster as a paper to the PZAF issue. As a journal for early career researches and postgrads, Assemblage offers a great opportunity to gain experience submitting and revising a peer-reviewed article and will provide presenters with a publication credit.
Saturday 3rd November 2012
13:30-14:10 Laboratory Tours
17:30 Wine Reception
19:30 Dinner (optional)
Sunday 4th November 2012
12:30 Lunch (optional)
14:00 Excursion (optional)
Lenny Salvagno - University of Sheffield
Lizzie Wright - University of Sheffield
Mikolaj Lisowski - ArchGeo
Please contact Lizzie Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Angela Trentacoste (email@example.com) for further information, or if you are looking to find accommodation with one of our postgraduate students.