Monday, February 16, 2009

CFP : EMASS 2009, University of Sheffield, 21-22 May 2009

The Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium (EMASS) is a forum for the discussion of ongoing postgraduate research, run by students for students. The symposium provides an informal, interactive and constructive environment in which students can develop their research through discussion and debate. 

The first EMASS took place in Cardiff in 2007. Following a brief incarnation as PREMASS (the Post Roman Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium) at the 2008 conference in Exeter, the decision has been taken to return to the title of EMASS. The difficulty in finding a suitable name which summarises the group's interests and aims is a result of the complex nature of the labels applied to the early medieval period, which differ across Britain and Europe. Despite the name change, the objectives remain the same :
  • To encourage participation from research students and early career researchers, who are at any stage in their research, in an informal environment
  • To discuss any and all aspects of archaeology of the 'early medieval' period, defined here as 400 - 1200
  • To encourage the transition of conventional chronological, geographical and institutional boundaries
Sessions will take place over two days and will consist of 20-minute papers followed by open discussion. 

The conference of £25 includes tea and coffee, buffet lunch on both days, and a wine reception and meal on the Thursday evening. 

If you would like to present a paper please submit an abstract of c. 250 words by Friday 13th March 2009. Registration forms should be submitted by Friday 8th May 2009. 

Please email abstracts and registration forms to Vicky Crewe ( or post them to Vicky Crewe, Graduate School of Archaeology, West Court, 2 Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 4DT. 

To join the EMASS forum, see the EMASS manifesto and to read abstracts from previous EMASS sessions visit the homepage at :
Please note that it will not be possible to give refunds of conference fees after Friday 8th May 2009.