My Research in a Nutshell – A Student Activity Powered by Pecha Kucha — Français

Au cours des dernières années, l’univers des communications a vu l’apparition d’un nouveau format de présentation qui reflète bien le rythme effréné de nos sociétés contemporaines : le Pecha Kucha! Le concept même du Pecha Kucha a été initié en 2003 à Tokyo au Japon dans une firme d’architecture, où il avait été observé que les présentateurs se perdaient facilement dans leurs propos, rendant la présentation longue et parfois difficile à suivre. Un concept efficace et dynamique destiné à limiter le discours dans l’espace et le temps afin d’éviter les tirades interminables a alors été élaboré. La règle fondamentale est bien simple : chaque présentateur doit aborder son sujet par le biais de 20 images présentées pendant 20 secondes chacune, pour un total de 6 minutes 40 secondes de présentation. Ainsi, cela oblige le conférencier à synthétiser sa pensée et à la présenter de manière claire et concise.

Pecha Kucha

Pour les étudiants et les jeunes professionnels, le Pecha Kucha constitue un médium intéressant, puisqu’il permet de présenter un projet de recherche dans un cours laps de temps et dans un environnement qui se veut décontracté et ouvert aux échanges entre participants. Peu importe l’état d’avancement de votre projet, vous pouvez présenter votre sujet, votre problématique ou vos résultats, tout en acquérant une expérience dans la communication de vos recherches. Par ailleurs, le Pecha Kucha n’est pas seulement une vitrine, il est aussi une plate-forme de rencontre, de découverte et de réflexion puisqu’une période d’interaction avec le public suit chacune des présentations.

Nous invitons donc tous les étudiants intéressés à s’inscrire à la session  « My research in a nutshell » organisée dans le cadre du prochain colloque de la SHA qui aura lieu à Québec en janvier 2014. Peu importe votre discipline ou votre sujet de recherche, venez profiter de ce cadre informel pour présenter vos recherches et discuter avec les autres étudiants et chercheurs. N’oubliez pas qu’il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir des résultats pour venir présenter dans le cadre du Pecha Kucha. L’inscription est simple, il suffit de transmettre votre nom, votre affiliation et le titre ou le sujet de votre présentation (aucun résumé nécessaire) à : L’acceptation des présentation sera basée sur l’ordre de réception des propositions, donc n’hésitez pas trop longtemps avant de vous inscrire!

Restez à l’affût du prochain “post” pour une autre nouvelle activité pour les étudiants!

Have you submitted your presentation? Four weeks left…

Abstract submission for the 2014 conference closes in four weeks. The clock is now ticking if you haven’t yet done so. What is your paper? Are you in a symposium? Do you prefer participating in a forum panel discussion, a three-minute forum or an electronic symposium? Do you prefer presenting a poster rather than a paper this year? If so, you should get a place of choice in the Convention Centre as we encourage this type of participation. Oh, by the way, did you know that the Québec City Convention Center is the only one in Canada offering free hi-speed wifi to conference attendees?

We have revamped the submission process to make it more transparent and user friendly for you. You can go straight there from the conference home page: Have a look and let us know if this move from traditional practice suits your needs.

This year, presentations are being grouped into several themes. It will thus be easier for you to fit your paper into a slot corresponding to your interests if you aren’t already participating in a organized session. This is what you will see: Archaeological Methods; Diaspora Archaeology; Environmental and Landscape Archaeology; First Nations Archaeology; Identity and Community Archaeology; Information Technology; Legislation and Archaeological Practice; Material Culture Studies; Military Archaeology; Other; Regional Studies; Theory; Underwater and Maritime Archaeologies; Urban Archaeology.

Once into the category that interests you, you can explore sessions that have been entered into the system or that the conference committee proposes for you. Are you interested in organizing a session on one of the following subjects: The Ethics of Archaeological Practice; Historical Archaeology and the Media; Commercial and Governmental Archaeology: New laws, new practices; Archaeology and UNESCO World Heritage Sites; New Research in Material culture studies: Ceramics; Historical Archaeology as Anthropology; globalization and environmental archaeology; The Historical archaeology of Central America and the Caribbean; Who owns the past: sacred sites, battlefield archaeology, sites of pain, difficult heritage. Should none of these sessions tickle your fancy, you can propose a new one.

We hope this new process and a simplified interface will make the submission process easier for you and that it will result in a strong and interesting conference for all. Contact the Conference Committee through our web site at should you have any comments on the submission process. There will be regular updates and contextual information on the SHA Facebook page. Don’t forget to follow the progression of the conference on Twitter as well at #sha2014. Both the Facebook page and the Twitter feed give you lots of opportunities to interact with conference organizers and other colleagues. We are looking forward to reading you there. And of course, we are particularly looking forward to seeing you in Québec City next January!

Submitting a session is now as easy as riding a bike! Come and see the Québec Seminary courtyard while your riding with us!

Why YOU should come to Québec in 2014

There are many reasons why YOU should come to Québec City in January 2014: you’ll not want to miss a fantastic conference; don’t let a great occasion to see old, new or soon-to-be-made friends go by; take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to discover or rediscover a world-class city!

You already know about the first reason as the organizing committee has written about the conference on several occasions: have a look at previous blogs, the SHA Facebook page ( or type #sha2014 into Twitter to see what’s being said about the event. We think the theme – Questions that Count, a critical evaluation of historical archaeology in the 21st century – is of interest to the archaeological community at large. Several suggestions have been made for sessions and we’re waiting for you to submit your own. Try to surprise us!

Don’t take the second reason for granted. Just like you won’t take old friends for granted! If you are a long-standing SHA or ACUA member, the conference is always a great way to see friends. If you are a new member, or thinking of becoming one, it’s a great place to make friends and to meet colleagues. You can count on years of pleasure to come with long-term friendships and professional relations that grow out of your participation in this gregarious professional community.

Photo: Office de tourisme de Québec

Thirdly, and not the least, we hope – even expect – that you will develop a special relationship with our part of the world as you discover Québec City, the province of Québec or even Canada. Each has much to offer. Especially in the heart of winter! The conference web site ( has abundant links to national museums in the city, to numerous and affordable fine cuisine restaurants, to outdoor activities ranging from ice-skating, downhill skiing, snowmobiling or even dogsledding to ice-climbing and more. Experience the city as you have NEVER experienced it before:!

The Chateau Frontenac and Place-Royale in the Old Town. Photo: Office de tourisme de Québec.

We hope you will appreciate Québec’s historical richness, its depth and durée, as seen through the archaeology of the city. Get to know more about it, and of some of the sites you can see when you’re here, by downloading the introduction to the recent Post-Medieval Archaeology thematic issue, “The archaeology of a North American city and the early modern period in Québec” (Volume 43, Number 1, 2009) Discover France’s first attempt to settle in the New World from 1541 to 1543 at the Cartier-Roberval Site; you can visit an exhibition on this site at the Musée de l’Amérique francophone Come to place Royale, where the city was founded in 1608; visit the Musée de la place Royale, ( and see the extraordinary archaeological collections, a Cultural Property listed by the Cultural Properties Act. Explore the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site of Canada Learn about the Intendant’s Palace – heart of a trade network extending throughout most of North America during the French Regime – as revealed by Laval University’s Field School on this site over the past years:

In short, come to Québec for a host of reasons!

Why are you coming to Québec? Let us know in the comments!