Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Two forthcoming talks

I'm giving two seminar/conference papers during November - one in York, about contemporary archaeology, and one in Oxford about the history of archaeology. Details are below:

image: illustration of sherds of pottery drawn by Pitt-Rivers in a letter to George Rolleston, written at the Star Inn, Lewes, 2 October 1877  (Courtesy of Pitt Rivers Museum)

16-18 November 2012
CHAT Conference, University of York

The Theft of Presence: on the archaeology of contemporary pasts.

How might archaeologists understand contemporaneity? As a single world of presence and absence that can be interpreted through multiple archaeologies (Buchli and Lucas 2001)? Or as multiple worlds that emerge through the practice of archaeology? This paper considers this question in two ways. First, it explores the legacies of three 20th-century concepts: ethnology, folklife, and material culture. Second, it presents the implications of two 21st-century alternatives in how archaeologists understand time. In doing so, the paper reflects on what we are left with, a decade on from first CHAT conference in Bristol. It warns that presence, just like history, can be stolen (Goody 2006).

Buchli, V. and G. Lucas (eds) 2001. Archaeologies of the contemporary past. London: Routledge.
Goody, J. 2006. The Theft of History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Further details: http://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/news-and-events/events/conferences/chat-2012/home/

Friday 30 November 2012

Pitt Rivers Museum Lunchtime Research Seminar Series (Brown Bag)
1pm, Lecture Room, Pitt Rivers Museum

Ordnance and Survey: the archaeological field collections of Augustus Henry Lane Fox
This talk will introduce current research into the early archaeological fieldwork of Augustus Henry Lane Fox (later Pitt-Rivers), assemblages from which have been recently re-discovered at the Pitt Rivers Museum. The paper considers the potential of these collections,made between c. 1864 and 1880, as a resource for writing the material history of archaeological practice, rather than purely the social or intellectual history of archaeological thought.

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