More about PATC

A bit more about the Public Archaeology Twitter Conference (PATC or Patsy to friends henceforth) to be held on the 28 April 2017. Please see previous post for more information and how to submit to the conference.

It is on Twitter, so you don’t need to be anywhere, or travel, or even get out of bed.

There will be two key note presentations from Professor Shawn Graham from Carleton University and Dr Colleen Morgan from York University. Both are active and very well respected researchers, teachers, and authors on numerous publications related to the subject of digital archaeology.

Each ‘speaker’ will get a 15 minute slot allocated under one of 7 thematic strands, outlined below. During this time, they can tweet between 6-12 tweets using the relevant hashtag about their paper.

Speakers can include any kind of media in their tweets, from images to GIFS (as long as they are suitable for a conference where there will inevitably be a global audience of different ages. No NSFW stuff please)

The hashtags will inevitably be trolled or bot-ridden, such is life, we will do what we can as we go along. Ignore the haters. Block ‘n’ report.

Sessions will be divided into themes with a hashtag (#PATC-1 etc) and I would envisage a maximum number of 10 papers in any one session (or maybe even 10 overall depending on take up!). Sessions are:

  1. Public sector archaeology (politics, museums, policy etc)
  2. Archaeology by the public (local archaeology societies, independent scholars etc)
  3. Professionally-led community archaeology
  4. Open Archaeology (open access, use of Wikipedia etc)
  5. Academic public archaeology (theory etc)
  6. Archaeology & education (informal and formal education)
  7. Archaeology & media (digital media, film, TV, archaeogaming etc)

Start times and timings are dependent on the number of papers received and the timezones they come from. This will take some organisation, so I will be dealing with this after the submission deadline for all papers on the 10th February at midnight GMT and I know how many I need to configure. Until then, watch this space.

A theme manager(s) will be allocated to each theme and hashtag and will keep an eye on the tweets, timings and contributors, and hopefully keep it running smoothly. Questions and answers will be held after each paper if there is time to do so and if people are actually ‘live’ rather than scheduling tweets. More on this after the 10th February.

For guidelines on how you can actually ‘do’ the tweets for the papers, check the World Seabird Twitter Conference here for examples that actually work.


I am doing this as part of my post doc research, but I am also unwell quite a lot, so a bit of slack there would be kind. I am trying to keep on top of a lot of things, and will respond to your emails, DMs etc as soon as I physically can.

There will inevitably be some crossover, over-tweeting, discussion and problems with it all. This is an experiment, using a public, open and accessible format. We should expect it to be a bit messy, a bit daft at times and for it not to look or feel like a real-life tweeted conference. You are participating in an experiment.

Please maintain a level of good humour and forgiveness accordingly.

Snark will be duly noted.

Revenge will be mine.


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