Writing a book proposal

When you are writing a book proposal, reviewers might be asked:

  • What are the purposes and central argument?
  • Contribution to the field and how significant?
  • What is the competition? How do they differ to this book proposal?
  • Are the premises+conclusion=argument sound and valid?
  • Likely market?
  • How can we improve it, in terms of style, weaknesses, structure?
  • We may ask you to recommend 2-3 experts in the field who we will send it to..

Workshop on Digital Heritage and Humanities

February 17-18, 2020, The CREASE
University of South Australia, Kaurna Building Level 2, City West Campus

This workshop will explore examples of how the application of digital technologies in the humanities, built environment, creative arts and design are affecting how heritage environments are studied, preserved, shared and celebrated. The advent of technologies such as LIDAR (Laser scanning of natural and built environments), Virtual and Augmented Reality and immersive interactive environments, in areas such as site data collection, site visualisation and heritage exhibitions, are transforming how we study heritage environments and experience them both in situ and elsewhere. These changes have implications in diverse domains, including archaeology, anthropology, museology, tourism, architecture, restoration and education.


Day 1 Monday February 17, 2020

13:00 Welcome to Country

A/Prof. Jane Lawrence, Head: School of Art, Architecture and Design

13:15 Introduction to the day, Prof. Simon Biggs

13:30 Keynote: Prof. Erik Champion, Curtin University, Perth (Chair: Prof. Ning Gu)

Prof. Champion is UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage and Visualisation, and Professor of Media Culture and Creative Arts, in the Humanities Faculty of Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.

14:45 Q&A

15:00 coffee and networking – Catered by Folk Lore

15:30 Burra Digital Heritage Project: Dr. Julie Nichols and Darren Fong

16:30 Discussion

17:00 Drinks at West Oak Hotel


Day 2 Tuesday February 18, 2020

09:00 coffee and networking – Catered by Folk Lore

09:30 Presentation 1 – Dr. Aida Eslami Afrooz – Time Layered Cultural Map project

10:15 Presentation 2 – CAD Walk – immersive environments for heritage simulation

11:30 Presentation 3 – Dr. Gun Lee – Augmented Reality in Outdoor Experience

12:15 Discussion

12:30 Lunch – Catered by Folk Lore

13:30 Presentation 4 – Sahar Soltani – The HYVE (in the HYVE)

14:15 Presentation 5 – Ben Keane and Alex Degaris Boot – AR for Heritage (in CCS)

15:00 coffee and networking

15:30 Discussion

16:00 end.

Spatial Humanities mini-symposium


caption, Dr. Juan Hiriart, PhD game project, Communicating the Past, Cologne, 2018.

Space, Place, People and Culture

This free mini-symposium of talks from leading UK NZ and Australian experts will explore recent developments and intriguing challenges in spatial and platial design involving aspects of both culture and technology.

10:00 Dr Stuart Dunn, Head of The Department of Digital Humanities King’s College London, UK

10:40 Dr. Juan Hiriart, Senior Lecturer in Interactive Media Art and Design, Salford University, Manchester, UK.

11:20 Mr Chris McDowall, Geographer, New Zealand, independent consultant.

12:00 Ms Nat Raisbeck-Brown, Experimental Spatial Scientist, Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Project, Atlas of Living Australia, CSIRO, Perth.

12:20 Dr David McMeekin, Senior Research Fellow, Spatial Sciences, Curtin University and member of the Ancient Itineraries project.

12:40 Professor Erik Champion, UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage and Visualisation, Curtin University.

NB Some details may change.

VENUE Chemistry Building 500, “Exhibition Space” Theatre, Room 1102ABex, Manning Road entrance, Curtin University Bentley Campus, Perth, WA, 6102

DATE Friday 10:00-13:00, 21 February 2020

new OA Chapter for Communicating the Past book

Just added an early version of my chapter “Games People Dig: Are They Archaeological Experiences, Systems or Arguments?” in the Communicating the Past Book.

Every chapter is full open access. For book see https://www.ubiquitypress.com/site/books/10.5334/bch/

researchgate.net/publication/33 CC-BY 4.0.

One of the many but important dilemmas we may encounter in designing or critiquing games for archaeology (Champion 2015) is determining the why: why we should develop, buy, play, and teach specific games for the above disciplines. For archaeology, I propose there is a further important trifurcation: games aiming to convey an experience of archaeology (Hiriart 2018); games aiming to show how systems, methods, findings, and unknowns interact either to produce that experience; or games revealing what is unknown or debated (how knowledge is established or how knowledge is contested).