What are the JIA?

The conferences of Young in Archaeological Investigation (JIA) are scientific events which have as an objective to encourage the discussion, contact and the update in the investigations among those persons who work in Archaeology and have not read the Doctoral Thesis yet. The debate in Archaeology is, therefore, the ideological and structural axis of the JIA as shown in the Decalogue written in 2009.

The first conferences were held in 2008 at Madrid, and they were a great success representing a space of action and debate for the young researches who work inside this discipline in the Iberian Peninsula. Since that first meeting, and as an itinerant project, the JIA had continuity in following annually meetings held at Madrid (2009) , Barcelona (2010), Faro (2011), Santiago (2012) and Barcelona (2013), Vitoria (2014) y Lisboa (2015). All these editions have had a great reception, sign of the importance of the existence of an event of this kind for the young archaeological investigation.

Currently, the JIA are the only proposal of archaeological scientific meeting arisen from the young researches in Archaeology and aimed to this collective with a format of wide debate. They have an upper level content, not only a scientific one, but also a formative and mutual knowledge of the investigation that is being carried out in the Iberian Peninsula and other regions. Precisely, the main supports of the proposal are, first of all, a format that strengthens and encourages the discussion; secondly, the exchange of ideas and opinions; and finally, the participation restrictions that facilitate the access to some groups which are excluded from other scientific activities.

So, the JIA represent a double space. On one hand, it is a scientific space to present, discuss and divulge our (young) investigations to fortify their scientific quality. On the other hand, a questioning and review space, one of deconstruction and desnaturalization of which is given; of which seems simple and “natural” but has been constructed under complex and determining values. We think, now more than ever, a criticism in this area is necessary to offer social answers from the Archaeology as a social science.

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