“Research in a Nutshell – Powered by Pecha Kucha”

The Academic and Professional Training Student Subcommittee and the Public Education and Interpretation Committee invite all interested students and young professionals to register to the “Research in a Nutshell – Powered by Pecha Kucha” session organised for the 2016 Society for Historical Archaeology conference to be held in Washington, D. C. We offer this session as an alternative for professionals as well students at different points in their academic careers to gain input and expand presentation skills in innovative ways.
In the last few years a new type of presentation format reflecting the rhythm of our busy modern societies was created: the Pecha Kucha! In 2003, members of an architecture firm located in Tokyo, Japan, noticed that speakers tended to get lost in their communication, rendering a hard-to-follow and long presentation. The group thus decided not only to limit the time of the presentations but also the content. The basic rule is simple: each speaker must present their research in 20 images shown for 20 seconds for a total presentation time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Speakers must thus synthesize their idea and present it in a clear and concise way. Audience members then participate in informal discussions about contributions.

Pecha Kucha is an interesting platform since it allows for the presentation of one’s research in a concise format and in an environment meant to be less formal than regular sessions. Indeed, presenters can introduce research whatever its state: the topic, a literature review, methodology, preliminary results, etc. Additionally, not only is Pecha Kucha a perfect medium for dissemination, but it is also a great time to collaboratively brainstorm as it is followed with a period of interaction with the audience.

For this collaborative forum, participants are encouraged to take this as an opportunity to practice and receive feedback on presenting research as you would to the public, share experiences and research pertaining to public archaeology approaches, and for public archaeology job preparation. Whatever your topic and the state of your research you are more than welcome to present it and discuss it with others. Remember that you do not need results to present in our version of the Pecha Kucha. Registration is simple: send your name, affiliation and the title/topic of your presentation to pk.at.the.sha@gmail.com.

Sign-up for this student-friendly forum is open until November 1st, 2015. This is a first-come first-served basis so do not wait too long!