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Prof John Schofield, University of York: Wicked Problems, Small Wins and the Future of Archaeology (1)


Sir Charles Wilson Building at the University of Glasgow
3 Kelvin Way, Glasgow G12 8NN
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mar 18 2024

Please note: doors open half an hour before the start of the lecture. The event is free for all to attend, fully accessible, with BSL and hearing loops available.

This lecture series will explore how archaeology can help us tackle some of the world’s most urgent and complex challenges, or ‘wicked problems’. Wicked problems are those that have many interdependent factors and seem impossible to solve. Examples include climate change, poverty, and social injustice. Archaeologists have a unique perspective on human history and culture, which can be invaluable for addressing wicked problems. By studying how past societies have responded to challenges such as climate change and environmental degradation, we can gain valuable insights into how to address them today. Equally, by participating in archaeological and heritage activities, we can improve people’s health and wellbeing and social cohesion, factors which often underlie other wicked problems. This lecture series is based on the speaker’s new book on this topic. Like the book, these lectures aim to provoke and inspire people to think about archaeology and heritage in new ways, recognizing their potential to play an important and distinct role in finding ‘small wins’ solutions to these wicked problems. Small wins are incremental successes that can help to build momentum and progress towards solving a wicked problem. They can be as simple as raising awareness of a problem, developing new tools and technologies, demonstrating good practice, or changing public perceptions.

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