School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference 2018

The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference is an annual conference, running since 1991, which aims to promote the role and discussion of theory in Roman archaeology and provide a forum for debate and discussion amongst senior academics and professionals, young scholars, students and the wider archaeological community (more information about that can be found on the TRAC website (

This year the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) conference will run in conjunction with the Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) and it will take place Thursday 12 April-Saturday 14 of April (please note the change of dates from the previous RAC announcement). A plenary lecture will take place on the evening of the 12 April and the conference will be followed by an excursion to the Antonine Wall on the 15 April.

Following the earlier Call for Sessions, the TRAC 2018 Local Organising Committee has selected 11 sessions and two workshops for the final conference. Each of these sessions will consist of six papers and we are now inviting paper proposals to fill these sessions. Papers will be assigned a 30-minute slot and it is recommended that speakers should not talk for more than 20 minutes to allow time for questions.

The Call for Paper is now Open. We encourage applicants to contact session organisers to discuss their planned paper but all proposals have to be submitted to The final decision about which papers are accepted will be made by the session organizers in discussion with the TRAC 2018 Local Organising Committee.

Paper proposals should include the following information:

  • Title of the session for which the paper should be considered
  • Title of the paper
  • Name, affiliation, postal address and email of the proposer(s)
  • A short abstract of the paper (no more than 300 words)

The final session line-up is listed below. Abstracts for each session and contact details of session organizers can be downloaded as well as the conference shedule:

The deadline for the submission of paper proposals is Friday 6 October 2017

Submissions should be sent by email to the TRAC 2018 Local Organising Committee:

The Call for Papers forms can be downloaded below:

 Confirmed sessions


1D – Defining Viridia: New Perspectives on Roman Gardens and Designed Landscapes (Kathryn Gleason, Sarah Gilboa Karni, Rona Shani Evyasaf, Samuli Simelius)

1E and 2E Double Session – Formal Approaches to Complexity in Roman Archaeology: Exploring Complex Systems and Understanding Change (Tom Brughmans, John W. Hanson, Matthew J. Mandich, Iza Romanowska)

2D – 1st General Session

3D – Quantifying Public Construction: Figure Labour, Territory exploitation and Cost of production (Christopher Courault)

3E – Beyond Adoption, Imitation, Hybridization: Representation and Visuality within and beyond the Roman Frontiers (Peter S. Wells)

4D – Remembering and Social Memory in the Roman West (Ralph Häussler, Günther Schörner, Thomas Schierl)

4E – Boundaries, Borders, and Frontiers: Modern Methods and Frameworks for Ancient Phenomena (Rory Nutter, Meg Moodie, Rob Collins, Kai Radloff)

5D – Workshops –

  1. The Praxis of (Roman) Archaeology: Alienation and Redemption (Jake Weekes, Andrew Gardner)
  2. A Place for an Experiment in Roman Studies (Tatiana Ivleva)

5E – 2nd General Session

6D – Crafts: Everyday technologies in the ancient world (Adam Sutton, Owen Humphreys)

6E – Egypt on the Move: New Meanings of Space and Place in Local Contexts (Stephanie Pearson, Lindsey A. Mazurek)

Please note: This is a participative conference where more than half the delegates are speaking, so all delegates are expected to pay the conference fee. This helps keep the fees as low as possible and also maximises participation and engagement.

TRAC 2018 Local Organizing Committee:

Lucia Michielin (Classics)

David Rose (Classics)

Carlos Cáceres Puerto (Archaeology)

Martina Astolfi (Classics)

Kathleen O’Donnell (Classics)



Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference 2018

The 28th Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference will take place in Edinburgh, alongside the Roman Archaeology Conference 2018. (Published 8 May, 2017)

Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE