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FITP XXVIII will be held on Sunday September 16, 2018

Forward Into The Past is a one-day symposium that arranges speakers on a broad range of historical topics including the arts and crafts practiced by various cultures, history of particular regions, cultures, or times, and where feasible allows this learning to be conducted in a hands-on environment. An open-format day Forward Into The Past is designed to allow academics, experimental archaeologists, members of the public, and members of various historical re-enactment and recreation groups to gather and explore history.

FITP will be held at the
Bricker Academic Building
Wilfrid Laurier University
Bricker St., Waterloo, ON
There is no specific address for the building but entering 30 Bricker Ave, Waterloo, ON into your map software is approximately correct.
Parking is available in a number of locations. Please see the details on our page.

Submissions for presentations are due Jun 1, 2018 (although we may have a few open spaces after the deadline) and may be submitted to Neil Peterson.

Submissions must include the session title, session description and speaker(s) biography. Remember that attendees look first at titles, so the more interesting/descriptive the title the more people will look at it further. It helps if you can include the type of session planned, how many time slots will be required (1 or 2), the topics and time periods which apply to the session. Descriptions and biographies should be 75-200 words. Examples can be seen in last years speakers and sessions. Links to your (or your business or group) websites are welcome within the description or biography.

Attendees for the sessions are drawn from a broad range of society. There may be undergraduate or graduate students, faculty, re-enactors from a range of groups, other speakers, and the general public in your session. Their previous knowledge of the subject will therefore vary widely. For this reason a very broad range of topics are appropriate from the most basic cultural or technological overviews through very specific topics. For these reasons it is important to make sure that the descriptions are accurate in how they portray the session.

It is worth looking at previous feedback such as last year before submitting to understand what the attendees are expecting.

Sessions are 50 minutes long including the Q&A session. There is a ten minute break between sessions to allow speakers to pack up and set up. Please help us stay on time do not go over your 50 minutes. If required a single topic can span multiple sessions. If you are offering a paper please let us know if you want the entire 50 minutes or if you would like us to combine your paper with one or two others to reduce your time to 15 or 22 minutes.

Session times can be seen here. Session types include:
There will also be some space for "poster sessions" for those more interested in just putting up the results of their work without actually presenting them.

Papers and presentation materials will both be considered for publication on the website but all submissions will be juried. Note that you will be asked if you will be submitting your paper or presentation for the proceedings. It is not a requirement that you do so. The proceedings will be available on the articles section of the website.

Speakers will be provided free admission, but lunch will not be included. There will be a catering group making a lunch available for purchase, and there are places on campus you can eat (including Tim Hortons for coffee). A snack table will also be available all day.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss a concept before proposing it please email Neil Peterson at

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