The Archaeology of Beliefs and Disbeliefs



 7‐9 February 2020 - Kilkenny



The Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group (IPMAG) is pleased to announce that its annual conference is being held on 7 to 9 February 2020. In keeping with our alternate location, next year’s conference will take place in Kilkenny City. The theme of the conference is 'The Archaeology of Beliefs and Disbeliefs'. The conference hopes to explore the archaeological and historical aspects of belief systems from the post-medieval period to the modern. Various aspects of material culture, the built environment and indeed landscapes communicate and reinforce beliefs associated with the individual and society at large. Belief systems can structure behaviours and social conventions that inform the prevailing social order, and the norms surrounding the family household, economic relations, religious convictions and political outlook. Such belief systems were undergoing profound and at times traumatic change in the post-medieval period, as evidenced by the Renaissance, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, colonialism and global capitalism.







Fees: IPMAG members €35; non-members €60; concession €27.50. IPMAG annual subscription €20.


Accommodation: The conference venue, the River Court Hotel, offers accommodation and there is a special conference rate on a limited number of double rooms £160; & single rooms £150. Rooms will be held until Friday 27 December at conference rate. See There is a wide range of accommodation in close proximity to the venue – more options here.



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Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group
c/o Wes Forsythe
Centre for Maritime Archaeology
Ulster University
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