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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)

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Rodney Harrison
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University College London
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Call for Papers: Anarchies in Contemporary Archaeology

Proposals and expressions of interest should be sent to the following agitators/organisers by 31 October, 2016:

James Flexner (
Edward Gonzalez-Tennant (

In the 21st century, anarchist thought is seeing something of a resurgence, both in popular culture, and in academic spheres, particularly in geography, anthropology, and archaeology. Anarchist archaeology can be defined by interests in the study of non-hierarchical societies in the past, legacies of resistance to state power, and work that reconfigures the ways that research is done in the present into a more egalitarian mode. Of course, just as there are many kinds of anarchisms (anarcho-communism, anarcho primitivism, anarcho-syndicalism, and so on), there is no one unified ‘anarchist archaeology’.

We are soliciting responses to the theme of anarchist thoughts in contemporary archaeology for a “forum” in the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. A forum usually consists of a series of papers responding to a particular theme, of 2000 3000 words each. These should also relate to JCA’s aim, “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 sociopolitical implications of doing archaeology in the contemporary world.”

We invite contributions from scholars and practitioners who relate in one way or another to the concepts and ideals of anarchism, broadly defined. Papers can be broken up with artistic, poetic, or revolutionary interventions. We also welcome attempts to explore concepts of authority, authorship, and ownership from alternative perspectives.

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Vol 3, No 1 (2016)

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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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