MCAX – Call for Papers: The 10th Modern Conflict Archaeology Conference

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol is pleased to announce that our 10th annual Modern Conflict Archaeology Conference will be held on Saturday 20th of October 2018.

This one-day conference is primarily aimed toward postgraduates and early career researchers exploring areas pertaining to 20th and 21st century conflict, although applications from professionals in these fields will also be considered. The conference will be a forum for critical and theoretical discussion and provide an opportunity for both research presentation and to meet with people working or studying in similar fields. We also welcome members of the public to attend the conference.

By its very nature, Modern Conflict Archaeology and Anthropology recognises the necessity of combining a multitude of disciplines together in order to produce a holistic and multi-vocal understanding of the often complex and ambiguous nature of conflict in the modern-era. The conference will present some of the most recent postgraduate and early career research relating to this ever-expanding subject, and there is a focus on areas of increasing importance for understanding contemporaneous global issues surrounding conflict and warfare.

This field is continually developing and creates increasingly diverse and interdisciplinary fields. Reflecting this we welcome and will consider submissions from all angles, disciplines and topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Conflict Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Modern Conflict and Heritage
  • Contemporary Engagements and Re-engagements
  • Memorialisation and Remembrance
  • Material Culture
  • Landscapes and Cultural Geography
  • Museum Studies
  • War and Peace Studies

Proposals should be consistent with the theme – theoretically informed and demonstrate a varied and multidisciplinary approach to the study of modern conflict. Presentations are expected to last no longer than 20 minutes and be accompanied by a visual presentation using Powerpoint or similar. Please visit our website to view abstracts and bios from previous speakers.

Please send a 250-word abstract and a short speaker bio as ‘Word’ documents to by 5pm Friday 29th June 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 23rd July and the finalised conference programme will be published by early-August.

Those wishing to attend will need to register for a free ticket using Eventbrite, which will be available for booking in August and there will be 60 places available.

For further information please contact the organisers at or visit the conference website at

We look forward to hearing from you, John Winterburn, David Savage and Emily Glass.