Workshop: Sensing the Past

You are cordially invited to contribute to Sensing the Past: A workshop in applied sensory archaeology and heritage assessment, held online and in person from October 7th to 9th, 2021. 

Organized by a consortium of the University of Amsterdam’s School of Heritage, Memory, and Material Culture (NL) and The Free University’s Interfaculty Research Institute for Culture, Cognition, History and Heritage (NL), this international workshop offers a forum for exchange between established scholars and early-stage researchers who apply sensory approaches to their heritage and archaeology research. The workshop is structured as follows:
Part 1, October 7-8: Online presentations via Zoom (CEST)The first two days will introduce participants to the state-of-the-field debates in experiential archaeology and heritage work. A series of lectures and discussion sessions will be anchored by a keynote address by Prof. Dr. Sue Hamilton (UCL) on October 8th.
Part 2, October 9: Sensory fieldwork at Fort bij Uithoorn, The NetherlandsThe second part of the workshop will give participants experiential fieldwork experience via an in-person sensory walk at the Fort bij Uithoorn, a site built as part of the Amsterdam defense line system and inscribed in the Stelling van Amsterdam UNESCO world heritage designation. Research will be contextualised with a lecture by a local military history expert. Many of the forts in the Stelling have come under recent revitalisation efforts, which preserve the material composition of the fort but often significantly change the experiential layer. Fieldwork will equip participants to analyse historic sensory contributions to such historic spaces and to contribute to redevelopment dialogues beyond mere material evidence. Limited spots available. Covid-19 related safety measures will be applied.

The list of confirmed speakers and more details are available at

OPEN CALL FOR PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS:Papers are sought that present sensory-based research of the historic built environment from any time period. Those interested in presenting their own sensory-based research are warmly invited to submit an abstract of 350 words before August 22nd. Selected presenters will be contacted by the end of August; presentations will be 20 minutes. Please visit the website for more details.
Advance registration required: Please visit to register your interest in online and in-person portions of the workshop.
Questions? Send an email to


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