Call for Proposals

***NOTE: The Call for Proposals reflects changes for the 2021 Workshop due to COVID-19***

The Editorial Board of Persistent Questions of the Past welcomes applications for the next Winslow Series in Archaeology workshop to be held virtually in Spring 2021. We invite proposals of topics that take a new, globally-comparative look at major issues in archaeology.

The Editorial Board seeks proposals of projects that promote diversity in all forms. Transformative ideas require intellectual diversity and the diversity of people from different backgrounds. The global case studies allow for across intellectual traditions with a combination of junior and senior scholars, as we see intersection of research experience and innovative ideas are more likely to produce transformative ideas on big issues in archaeology. The series editors would expect that each volume will be edited jointly by a junior scholar up-and-coming in the field as well as a senior scholar who has the name recognition as an expert in the proposed topic. 

In lieu of a travel cost, participants will receive modest honoraria as compensation for the time and energy they will put into the workshop. If selected as part of the Persistent Questions of the Past workshop, the participants will commit to turning their papers into an edited book to be published through the Persistent Questions of the Past book series with Routledge Press; pending peer-review.

Submission Guidelines

Co-organizers of workshops should submit an application as single pdf as an emailed attachment to series co-editors Nathan Goodale ( and Colin Quinn ( The application should include the following information:

  1. Names and 100-word biographies of the co-organizers of the workshop. 
  2. Title and a 500-word abstract that identifies the key question(s) at the core of the workshop.
  3. List of potential participants (approximately 10-12 people), including their emails, region and time period of their contribution, and whether they have agreed to participate. We encourage co-organizers to invite participants in advance of application, but the final composition of the panel may be modified if needed to meet our goal of a diverse collection of scholars. 
  4. A statement of up to 200 words on how the composition of the panel meets the goal to foster career stage, gender, racial, and other diverse perspectives. 

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2020.

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Topic: Proposed topic is consistent with the goals of the Persistent Questions of the Past series: it explores a big topic of global significance.
  • Global Perspectives: Case studies represent broad geographic diversity.
  • Diversity of Scholarship and Scholars: The workshop and volume is co-edited by at least one junior and one senior scholar, there are junior and senior scholars among the participants, and the participants represent significant gender, racial, ethnic, and other diverse perspectives.

The editorial board may reach out to potential workshop organizers after reviewing proposals with suggestions for how to best meet these criteria. 

Workshop Structure

The center-piece of the Persistent Questions of the Past workshop is an intensive two-day meeting designed to foster deep discussion of the research themes and connections between case studies.

To ensure that the panel is able to get the most out of the workshop, participants will be expected to complete work prior to the workshop. The members of the panel that is selected for the 2021 Workshop series will be expected to make a short presentation (15 minutes) and discuss their work with a group of Hamilton students in advance of the workshop. All participants will be encouraged to attend the talks or watch videos of other participants. Participants will also submit a first draft of their papers two weeks prior to the workshop.

Key Dates

November 1, 2020: Deadline for proposals for Spring 2021 Workshop

November 15, 2020: Estimated notification date

February-March 2021: Pre-workshop presentations and submission of first drafts of case studies (online)

April-May 2021: Two Day Workshop (online)

Fall 2021: Submission of full volume (including revised case studies) to Routledge Press for peer-review

Fall 2022: Goal publication date for edited volume



If you have questions about the Persistent Questions of the Past workshop series, book series, or application process, please contact series co-editors Nathan Goodale ( or Colin Quinn (

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