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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.


If you are a research postgraduate and have a topic that you would like to propose as one of the Research Dialogue topics for this year, you need to get the support of at least one academic member of staff and email a c. 300 word outline of the topic to Richard Hingley explaining what you are planning and why it would make a good Research Dialogue topic. You might select a topic closely related to your own area of research, or perhaps something less closely related that you would like to explore and develop. Either way, you should think about formulating a topic that will generate interest amongst other research postgraduates and staff and that is relevant to current national and international academic research in archaeology and related disciplines. The Departmental Research Committee will then select the best two topics on the basis of merit, currency and strategic importance, and the proposing postgraduates will become the 'Research Dialogue leaders' for the topic.

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 Richard Hingley for further information.