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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Research Dialogues

'Research Dialogues' is an initiative begun in 2010 by the Department of Archaeology that is intended to enhance and develop both the research environment within the Department (e.g. discussion groups, lectures, seminars, workshops) and postgraduate involvement in Departmental research. It is intended to foster discussion and interaction within the Department to compliment more formal activities such as seminars, lectures and workshops.

The way it works is by selecting two Postgradaute-led Research Dialogue topics research topics each academic year.

The postgraduate leaders of each topic will be given some financial and other support to organise discussion groups, a lecture or seminar (perhaps in collaboration with the Departmental lecture series or the PG lunchtime lecture series) and a one-day or half-day workshop during the course of the academic year.

A brief summary of the topic is then be written up and posted here on the Department's web site towards the end of the year. If really successful, the seminars and workshop might result in a short edited publication.


Paul Pettitt will announce a call for expressions of interest during term 1. If you wish to submit a proposal there will be a deadline, and you can discuss your ideas with him.

To organise:

1. A post-graduate lunchtime seminar and discussion group.

2. An evening lecture.

3. A one-day or half-day workshop.


The advantages are:

1. To allow you to explore and develop a topic of research interest.

2. To gain some financial support to allow you to invite academics or research postgraduates to come to Durham for seminars or a workshop on the topic.

3. To allow you to develop academic contacts and a reputation in the particular research area.

4. That you can put on your CV that you were selected as a Research Dialogue leader in the particular research area.

It is felt that all of these points will be useful in developing the experience, reputation and contacts in your chosen research areas that will help you with your careers. It is also hoped that these activities will enhance the research environment in the Department and allow some of the very obvious energy and talents of current research postgraduate students to be harnessed towards that same end.

If you have any questions please contact Paul Pettitt for further information.