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Journal of Contemporary Archaeology

Rodney Harrison, University College London

Laurie Wilkie, University of California, Berkeley (North America)
Alfredo González-Ruibal, Spanish National Research Council (Europe)

Associate Editor
Cornelius Holtorf, Linnaeus University

Review Editors
Sefryn Penrose, Atkins Heritage

Journal of Contemporary Archaeology is the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to explore archaeology’s specific contribution to understanding the present and recent past. It is concerned both with archaeologies of the contemporary world, defined temporally as belonging to the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, as well as with reflections on the socio-political implications of doing archaeology in the contemporary world. In addition to its focus on archaeology, JCA encourages articles from a range of adjacent disciplines which consider recent and contemporary material-cultural entanglements, including anthropology, cultural studies, design studies, history, human geography, media studies, museum studies, psychology, science and technology studies and sociology. Acknowledging the key place which photography and digital media have come to occupy within this emerging subfield, JCA includes a regular photo essay feature and provides space for the publication of interactive, web-only content on its website.

Emerging from a number of different quarters, this exciting and rapidly expanding field of research has for some time fallen uneasily between a range of other disciplines, research areas and journals. JCA will act as a dedicated international forum in which to establish the boundaries of this emerging sub-discipline, to develop new methods, concepts and approaches, and to collaborate on important future research agendas on archaeologies of the recent past and present.

The Journal publishes a range of different types of articles, ranging from in-depth Discussion Articles (to be accompanied by comments from relevant researchers and an author’s reply); regular Research Articles which are generally shorter and more case-driven; Interviews comprising occasional, edited discussions between researchers and individuals whose academic or creative work makes a contribution to understanding the archaeology and materiality of the contemporary world; Forums, a series of short responses to previously circulated questions; and, as noted above, Photo Essays. Reviews are published online only and potential reviewers should contact the Review Editors prior to submitting a review as the Journal normally does not accept unsolicited reviews.

Potential contributors should consult the Journal's Guidelines which can be found on the For Authors page above.

Indexing & Abstracting
Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)/Web of Science

ISSN 2051-3429 (print)
ISSN 2051-3437 (online)

Frequency: 2 Issues per volume year, commencing 2014 (May and November)

Forthcoming Issue

JCA 3-2 (2016) [2017]

Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration
Guest edited by Yannis Hamilakis

Table of Contents

Guest Editor’s Introduction
Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration
Yannis Hamilakis

The 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan: Migration, Material Landscapes, and the Making of Nations
Erin Riggs and Zahida Rehman Jat

‘We Palestinians Refugees’ – Heritage Rites and/ as the Clothing of Bare Life: Reconfiguring Paradox, Obligation and Imperative in Palestinian Refugee Camps in Jordan
Beverley Butler and Fatima Al-Nammari

Surveilling Surveillance: Counter-mapping Undocumented Migration in the US-Mexico Borderlands
Haeden Stewart, Ian Ostericher, Cameron Gokee and Jason De León

Place-Making in Non-Places: Migrant Graffiti in Rural Highway Box Culverts
Gabriella Soto

Lessons from the Bakken Oil Patch
William Caraher, Richard Rothaus and Bret Weber

Empty Migrant Rooms – An Anthropology of Absence through the Camera Lens
Eckehard Pistrick and Florian Bachmeier

If Space Remotely Matters: Camped in Greece’s Contingent Countryside
Kostis Kourelis

Orange Life-Jackets: Materiality and Narration in Lesvos One Year after the Outburst of the “Refugee Crisis”
Giorgos Tyrikos-Ergas

Interrupted Journeys: drawings by refugees at the Kara Tepe camp, Lesvos, Greece
Ángela María Arbeláez and Edward Mulholland

Abandoned refugee vehicles “in the middle of nowhere”: Reflections on the global refugee crisis from the northern margins of Europe
Oula Seitsonen, Vesa-Pekka Herva, Mika Kunnari

The Garden of Refugees
Rui Gomes Coelho

Reframing the Lampedusa Cross: A Discussion of the British Museum’s display of the Mediterranean Migrant Crisis
Morgan Breene

The Tu Do at Anchor
Denis Byrne

Reflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of Heritage Organisations in Mitigating the Impact on Those Affected by Forced Migration
John Schofield

Supplementary online only articles
Conversations with refugees on material heritage and art
Christina Thomopoulous

The Materiality of the State of Exception: Components of the Experience of Deportation from the United States
Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna

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Table of Contents

Research Articles

The Flow and the Line: Conflict Archaeology in the Brazilian Amazon Forest PDF
Rafael Souza 1-20
Beyond the Aestheticization of Modern Ruins: The Case of Incompiuto Siciliano PDF
Pablo Arboleda 21-44
Moscow-Paris-Baillet- Moscow: The Sculptures of the USSR Pavilion at the International Exhibition of 1937: Rediscovering a Lost Monument through Preventive Archaeologies PDF
François Gentili 45-76
“The Sole You Found was the Soul of the Festival”: Archaeological Study of a Rock Festival in Seinäjoki, Finland PDF
Tiina Äikäs , Wesa Perttola , Tiina Kuokkanen 77-101

Photo Essay

Meaning from Juxtaposition: A Conversation with Photographer Jon Crispin about the Willard Asylum Suitcases PDF
Jon Crispin , Zoë Crossland 103-120

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