|WAC December 2009 eNewsletter - Volume 31|
|Thursday, 31 December 2009 21:19|
Executive News, News from WAC Members, News Items, Excerpts from Other Archaeological Associations' Newsletters
Volume 31 December 2009
Editors: Shoshaunna Parks and Marisol Rodriguez Miranda
1. Executive News
The Executive would like to thank all WAC members who have worked on various projects during 2009. WAC is an organisation of volunteers and its strength comes from the commitment of its members to growing and sharing archaeological knowledge globally. WAC's achivements are truly the achivements of its members.
Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award
Jack Golson and Clare Golson
Over the last 25 years, Jack Golson and Clare Golson have been a mainstay of the World Archaeological Congress. They have been active participants in all of the WAC Congresses, and many of the Inter-Congresses, and they have worked at all levels within the organisation to make certain that the World Archaeological Congress achieves success. Jack Golson led in the drafting of the original WAC statues and codes of ethics. As President of the World Archaeological Congress from 1990 to 1994, he steered the organisation through some difficult times. He kept in sight WAC's wider objectives as well as its immediate responsibilities, and in this work his wife, Clare Golson, has ably assisted him. Jack and Clare are extraordinarily generous people, and they have personally supported many scholars and community people from throughout the world, especially those who were most in need.
Jack Golson's research, teaching and professional service has had a profound impact on archaeology globally. In his early career he was based in New Zealand, where he led in some of the earliest productive collaborations between Indigenous peoples and archaeologists, and where he actively sought to educate collecting groups. He was instrumental in the establishment of the New Zealand Archaeological Association in 1954. He joined the Australian National University as a Research Fellow in 1961 and, in 1969, was appointed foundation Professor of Prehistory in the Research School of Pacific Studies. He has been a pioneer and major player in the development of archaeological studies of Papua New Guinea, and in March 1992 his contribution to academic research in this region was recognised when the University of Papua New Guinea awarded him an honorary doctorate. Jack also initiated study of the inter-relationships between environment, ecology and people in the Australasian region, and this is now a thriving area of research. Moreover, Jack has been a prime-mover in many other important initiatives, including the establishment of a radiocarbon dating facility at the Australian National University in the early 1960s.
Jack Golson could only have achieved what he has done with the active assistance of his wife, Clare Golson. They are a real team, in which the achievements of one are also the achievement of the other. This inaugural award is given in recognition of their shared legacy.
Inter-Congresses in 2010
Finally, we wish all of you all the best for the holiday season.
Claire Smith, for the Executive
2. News Items
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT APPOINTS INDIGENOUS COMMITTEE TO IMPROVE REPATRIATION PROCESS
The Australian Government is appointing a committee of eight Indigenous Australians for six months to improve the repatriation process of Indigenous remains from international institutions.
While the Government continues to make progress in securing repatriation agreements with foreign institutions and governments, there are still around 1000 Indigenous Australian remains held in museums around the world, mostly in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Poland and the USA.
Over the past 18 months, the Government has worked with traditional owners across the country to negotiate the return of more than 100 remains from countries including the United Kingdom, the USA, Austria and the Netherlands.
Through the establishment of the International Repatriation Advisory Committee, the Government will have access to Indigenous expertise on the most effective mechanism to deliver the International Repatriation Program. This includes reviewing current policy to ensure grassroots input and a focus on the priorities of local Indigenous communities.
The members of the International Repatriation Advisory Committee are:
Mrs Christina Grant (NSW) Co-Chair
Throughout much of Australia's history Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remains were collected, usually without consent, by explorers, travellers and scientists and sent to museums and private collections in Australia and across the world. The Australian Government recognises that the repatriation of ancestral remains is important to heal the pain of past injustices. The repatriation of Indigenous remains must occur respectfully, unconditionally and as quickly as possible, and we will continue to work with countries to ensure their return.
SECOND ROCK ART SURVEY ON MISOOL ARCHIPELAGO AND NEW BOOK ON BORNEO
A second survey mission in the southern shores of Misool’s archipelago islands (NW of West Papua-Indonesia) where remarkable paintings, mostly marine fauna with large fishes, located on cliffs plunging into the sea, observed in late 2007, has enhanced the number of paintings sites and provided unexpected structural clues. In fact, four parameters have been isolated, which permitted the survey team to directly locate the painted cliffs. These parameters imply the association of a large wall with a more or less dark cavity intimately linked to a reddish coloured outflow. These three geomorphologic parameters (the fourth, i.e. a shallow step of coral, is an option), are “necessary as much as [a] sufficient” indication of an ornate cliff. Practically 13 out of 14 sites have been self re-discovered by the author, excluding all apparently suitable places where these three parameters were not intimately associated (see International Newsletter On Rock Art n°55, p.12-19; www.misoolecoresort.com & “Discovery of a new Rock Art off Northwest of West Papua and identification of paintings locations system”, CCSP-Valcamonica Bull (in press).
We are also pleased to announce the recent publication of our coffee-table book “Bornéo: La Mémoire des Grottes” by Jean-Michel Chazine & Luc-Henri Fage, Paris, G. Fage (ed.), 176p. (see: www.kalimanthrope.com).
SEGUNDO RECONOCIMIENTO DE ARTE RUPESTRE EN EL ARCHIPIELADO DE MISOOL Y NUEVO LIBRO SOBRE BORNEO
Una segunda temporada de reconocimiento en la costa sur del archipielago de Misool (al noroeste de Papua-Indonesia) donde pinturas importantes, en su mayoria fauna marina con peces grandes localizados en acantilados frente al mar, y observados a finales del 2007, han aumentado el numero de lugares con pinturas y provisto claves estructurales inesperadas. De hecho, se han aislado cuatro parametros, que han permitido al equipo de trabajo localizar directamente los acantilados con pinturas. Estos parametros implican la asociacion de una pared grande con una cavidad mas o menos oscura ligada a un flujo de color rojizo. Estos parametros geomorfologicos (el cuarto ejemplo; un escal?n bajo de coral es opcional) son un indicativo “necesario tanto como suficiente” de un acantilado decorado. Practicamente 13 de los 14 sitios se han descubierto por su mismos, excluyendo aquellos sitios aparentemente apropiados donde estos tres parametros no han estado internamente ligados (Vea el boletin internacional On Rock Art Num. 55 pag-12-19; wwwmisoolecoreresort.com y “Discovery of a new Rock Art off Northwest of West Papua and identification of paintings locations system,” CCSP-Valcamonica Bull en imprenta).
Ademas, nos place anunciar la reciente publicacion del libro de referencia“ “Borneo: La Memoire des Grottes” by Jean-Michel Chazine & Luc-Henri Fage, Paris, G. Fage (ed.), 176p. (see: www.kalimanthrope.com).
http://www.continuitas.org/: THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE PALEOLITHIC CONTINUITY PARADIGM WORKGROUP
Since the beginning of comparative philology, the origins of Indo-Europeans and their arrival in their historical locations have been a controversial issue. Two major current theories suggest a late invasion from East Europe in the Bronze Age or a demic dispersion from Anatolia as consequence of early Neolithic civilization. In the last 15 years, by using different approaches and through independent research, a number of scholars have obtained converging evidence that indicates an uninterrupted, local continuity of Indo-European languages and cultures from prehistoric to the present times. The workgroup engaged with this website argues that the appearance of Indo-Europeans coincides with the first regional settlement of Homo Sapiens Sapiens in the Middle/Upper Paleolithic, and proposes a comprehensive, interdisciplinary framework for the Indo-European origins: the Paleolithic Continuity Paradigm (PCP).
The official website http://www.continuitas.org/ makes available texts, bibliography, debates and news related the PCP. The workgroup includes archaeologists (e.g. Marcel Otte and Alexander Hausler), linguists (e.g. Franco Cavazza and Alfio Lanaia), anthropologists (e.g. Henry Harpendig and Matteo Meschiari) and historians (e.g. Paolo Galloni). The scientific committee is composed of Mario Alinei (University of Utrecht), Xaverio Ballester (University of Valencia) and Francesco Benozzo (University of Bologna).
www.continuitas: EL SITIO OFICIAL: DEL GRUPO DE TRABAJO DEL PARADIGMA DE LA CONTINUIDAD DEL PALEOLITICO
El sito oficial : www.continuitas.org tiene disponible: textos, bibliografias, debates y noticias relacionadas al PCP. El grupo de trabajo incluye arqueologos (e.j. Marcel Otte and Alexander Hausler), linguistas (e.j. Franco Cavazza and Alfio Lanaia), antropologos (e.j. Henry Harpendig and Matteo Meschiari,) historiadoes (Paolo Galloni). El comite cientifico es compuesto por Mario Alinei (Universidad de Utrecht), Xaverio Ballester (Universidad de Valencia) y Francesco Benozzo (Universidad de Bologna).
CRIC: CULTURAL HERITAGE AND THE RE-CONSTRUCTION OF IDENTITIES AFTER CONFLICT
Recent conflicts in Europe and beyond have brought the deliberate destruction of heritage to the foreground. With this has come the realisation that the processes and long-term consequences of these actions are poorly understood. The CRIC project investigates the ways in which the destruction and selective reconstruction of cultural heritage shapes memories of this destruction and affects individual and national notions of belonging and identity.
The first year of work has considered multiple sites and monuments dating from WW I to the 1990’s, in case study areas in France, Spain, Germany, Bosnia and Cyprus. The research has tracked sequences of events and identified changing meanings associated with these sites, bringing to light several key themes in the complex relationship between heritage, conflict and identity:
* Memorialization and commemoration - these events influence constructions of meanings, including perceptions about rights and victimhood.
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme [FP7/2007-2013] under grant agreement n° 217411.
Further details can be found on the project website http://www.cric.arch.cam.ac.uk/ and the project’s open access visual data repository at the University of Cambridge, D-Space http://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/214815.
CRIC PATRIMONIO CULTURAL Y AL RECONSTRUCCION DE IDENTIDADES DESDES DEL CONFLICTO
Los recientes conflictos en Europa y más allá han traído la destrucción deliberada del patrimonio al primer plano. Con esto ha llegado la constatación de que los procesos y las consecuencias a largo plazo de estas acciones son poco conocidas. El proyecto CRIC investiga la forma en que la destrucción y la reconstrucción selectiva del patrimonio cultural le da forma a los recuerdos de esta destrucción y afecta las concepciones individuales y nacionales de pertenencia e identidad.
BOTSWANAN ARCHAEOLOGIST BEGINS RESEARCH PROJECT AT OSUN GROVE, NIGERIA
Mr. Phillip Segadika, an archaeologist from the Republic of Botswana and head of the Archaeology and Monuments Division of the National Museum, Monuments, and Arts Gallery in Gaborone, Botswana, and who is also a Ph.D. student at the University of Witswaterstrand, South Africa, is on a two week research study at the Osun Grove in Osogbo in Southwest Nigeria. He is working there in conjunction with and assisted by the curator and heritage site manager of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Mr. Oluremi Adedayo. Mr. Olakunle Makinde, an archaeologist and heritage management specialist (who has also been to Botswana for a workshop under the AFRICA 2009 programme,where he met Segadika) is also participating in the work.
BOTSWANA ARQUEÓLOGO INICIA PROYECTO DE INVESTIGACIÓN EN OSUN GROVE, NIGERIA
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF 12TH BIENNIAL COLLOQUIUM OF WEST AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
The 12th Biennial Colloquium of West African Archaeological Association/Association Ouest Africaine 'Archaeologie took place in Jos, Nigeria between the 25th and 30th of October 2009. A welcome address co-signed by Dr. J. O. Aleru (Senior Rep. for West Africa) and Dr. Didier N'Dah (Junior Rep. for West Africa) on behalf of the President (WAC), members of the Executive, WAC Council was circulated at the conference (see attachment). The conference drew participants from five West African Countries, namely: Nigeria, Benin Republic, Côte d'Ivorie, Togo, Germany and Switzerland/Mali.
A new Executive Committee to run the affairs of the Association for the next two years was elected. They are President, Dr. Kiè'non-Kaboré T Helène, Chef du Dèpartement, University De Cocody, Abidjan Côte d'Ivorie; the 1st Vice President, Dr. J. O. Aleru, Dept of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; the 2nd Vice President Dr. Banni G. Umopu, Benin Republic; Secretary Dr. Obare Bagodo (5 year term), University of Abomey, Calavi, Benin Rep.; Treasurer Dr. Benedicta Mangut, Nigeria. Two Ex-Officio members in persons of Prof. P. Breunig (Germany) and Prof Eric Huysecom were also elected. Details of other members of the EXCO would be provided in the annual report in Dec. 2009.
The occasion provided opportunity for archaeologists from different parts of the region to show interest in WAC activities in the region. At the end of the conference a communiqué was issued. The communiqué among other things addressed issues such as: (a) the ethical challenge of archaeological practice in the region; (b) repatriation of cultural materials from foreign countries and; (c) the need to review the legal instruments of archaeological practice in the region Members were sensitized to the need to participate more actively in WAC activities in the region, most especially French-speaking countries outside Benin Rep. and English-speaking countries outside Nigeria. In this regard facilitators from countries outside these two were to be suggested. They are to assist in mobilizing their colleagues for inter/interactive sessions within the region (i.e. workshops etc). Dr. Olu Aleru along with colleagues from different parts of the region would mobilize for English-speaking West African countries while D. Didier N'Dah and other colleagues would the same for French-speaking West African countries.
GUARDIANS OF WORLD TREASURES SIGN SALZBURG DECLARATION ON THE CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
GUARDIANES DE TESOROS MUNDIAL FIRMAN LA DECLARACION DE SALZBURGO PARA CONSERVACIÓN Y PRESERVACIÓN DEL PATRIMONIO CULTURAL
PASSING OF CLAUDE LÉVI-STRAUSS
Claude Lévi-Strauss, the French anthropologist whose revolutionary studies of what was once called “primitive man” transformed Western understanding of the nature of culture, custom and civilization has died at 100 of cardiac arrest on Friday October 30, 2009 at his home in Paris. His death was announced Tuesday, the same day he was buried in the village of Lignerolles, in the Côte-d’Or region southeast of Paris, where he had a country home.
A complete obituary is available at http://www.cubaarqueologica.org/document/levi-strauss.pdf.
MUERTE DE CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS
LAUNCH OF ARCHEOLOGIA VIVA TV
The 20th International Archaeological Film Festival of Rovereto has just finished. After seeing the growing interest of the public and the world of archaeology through scientific communication, images and film, we have come up with a new way of spreading information about the ancient world in collaboration with Archeologia Viva of Florence: a web television channel entirely devoted to archaeology.
In the wake of www.sperimentarea.tv, a web channel managed by the Town Museum of Rovereto, we invite you to have a look at http://www.archeologiaviva.tv/a web channel wholly dedicated to archaeology. The new web channel was inaugurated on October 20, 2009. The editorial staff is managed by Archeolgia Viva whereas the institutional, technical and administrative aspects are managed by Gruppo Giunti Editore and the Town Museum of Rovereto (The Town Council of Rovereto).
Archeologia Viva TV features mainly news and the latest developments of international archaeological research. It also features all of the conversations-interviews in archaeological research which have been filmed and recorded in past festivals in Rovereto, and films about the millenary history of man and the ancient world. The films will be changed every 2 weeks or every month.
LANZAMIENTO DE ARCHEOLOGIA VIVA TV
AEGEAN MINOAN 3D GIS PROJECT
"The Archaeological Sites of the Aegean Minoans" - a three-dimensional (3D) GIS mapping of the Minoans in the Aegean Sea area based on Google Earth – has been released anew. This is an ongoing project and always subject to improvement but thanks to contributing scholars and public volunteers it is by far the most comprehensive and accurate mapping of its kind ever made and includes the sites and geographical features listed below.
The latest version of the Aegean Minoan 3D GIS Project is always available for preview/downloading on the Google Earth Community Website. It is found in the "Attachments" section at the end of the list of archaeological sites. Please make sure you have Google Earth installed on your computer before attempting to open the GIS file. If not Google Earth is available at: Download Google Earth 5.
Included is a new publication on the effects of the tsunami inundation of Minoan Crete's coastlines due to the Bronze Age eruption of Thera (Santorini). The article is available at: "The Extent of the Santorini Eruption's Tsunami Inundation of Minoan Crete"
It is accompanied by a 3D GIS mapping that highlights a theoretical limit to the tsunami's inundation of the coastal plains of mountainous Crete. Simply zoom in on the northern or eastern coastlines to view the areas of possible tsunami devastation.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any trouble accessing the maps.
PROYECTO DE SIG AEGEO MINOICO EN 3D
NEW MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM IN APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY
3. New publications by WAC members
On July 2, 1937, nearing the end of a flight around the world, aviation pioneers Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific. Despite a massive search, they were never found. Their fate remains a mystery to this day.
Earhart’s last generally accepted radio message put her on course that likely would have brought her close to Nikumaroro – then called Gardner Island – a tiny, uninhabited atoll in the Phoenix Islands.
In Thirteen Bones, author Tom King imagines the discovery and its aftermath through the eyes of the discoverers.Thirteen Bones is fiction, incorporating facts uncovered by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery – TIGHAR – during twenty years of investigation into Earhart’s and Noonan’s disappearance. It includes the flurry of telegrams that went between Settlement Scheme Administrator Gerald B. Gallagher and his superiors in Fiji, reporting the discovery and deciding what to do about it. It proposes a geopolitical reason that the British authorities did not report the discovery to the Americans – even though the bones were suspected to be Earhart’s.
Woven around the tale of the bones, Thirteen Bones tells the story of the Nikumaroro colony, its tragic hero Gallagher, and its adventurous Tunguru (I-Kiribati) and Tuvaluan colonists. The Phoenix Islands Settlement Scheme (whose acronym its creators cherished) was one of the last expansions of the British Empire. It was created as the world spiraled into war, and it died as Great Britain struggled to adapt to post-war realities. Nikumaroro is a tiny island, and its people had limited contact with the outside world – a world that Thirteen Bones’ protagonist, Keaki, dreams about and struggles to understand. But that world imposed itself on the island’s small community in many ways – not least, perhaps, by making Nikumaroro the place where Amelia Earhart left her bones.
ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE POLITICS OF VISION IN A POST-MODERN CONTEXT
Archaeology is intimately connected to the modern regime of vision. A concern with optics was fundamental to the Scientific Revolution, and informed the moral theories of the Enlightenment. And from its inception, archaeology was concerned with practices of depiction and classification that were profoundly scopic in character. Drawing on both the visual arts and the depictive practices of the sciences, employing conventionalised forms of illustration, photography, and spatial technologies, archaeology presents a paradigm of visualised knowledge. However, a number of thinkers from Jean-Paul Sartre onwards have cautioned that vision presents at once a partial and a politicised way of apprehending the world. In this volume, authors from archaeology and other disciplines address the problems that face the study of the past in an era in which realist modes of representation and the philosophies in which they are grounded in are increasingly open to question.
FANTASTIC DREAMING: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF AN ABORIGINAL MISSION
ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WEST BANK 1967-2007: A SOURCEBOOK
NEW FROM LEFT COAST PRESS, INC.
WAC members receive a 20% discount on hardcovers and a 30% discount on paperbacks (insert discount code L187 at checkout).
Now Available in Paperback:
Managing Archaeological Resources: Global Context, National Programs, Local Actions
Living Under the Shadow: Cultural Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions
Coming in 2010 (and available for preorder!):
What does being an archaeologist mean to Indigenous persons? How and why do some become archaeologists? What has led them down a path to what some in their communities have labeled a colonialist venture? What were are the challenges they have faced, and the motivations that have allowed them to succeed? How have they managed to balance traditional values and worldview with Western modes of inquiry? And how are their contributions broadening the scope of archaeology? Indigenous archaeologists have the often awkward role of trying to serves as spokespeople both for their home community and for the scientific community of archaeologists. This volume tells the stories—in their own words-- of 37 indigenous archaeologists from six continents, how they became archaeologists, and how their dual role affects their relationships with their community and their professional colleagues.
Bridging the Divide: Indigenous Communities and Archaeology into the 21st Century
The collected essays in this volume address contemporary issues regarding the relationship between Indigenous groups and archaeologists, including the challenges of dialogue, colonialism, the difficulties of working within legislative and institutional frameworks, and NAGPRA and similar legislation. The disciplines of archaeology and cultural heritage management are international in scope and many countries continue to experience the impact of colonialism. In response to these common experiences, both archaeology and indigenous political movements involve international networks through which information quickly moves around the globe. This volume reflects these dynamic dialectics between the past and the present and between the international and the local, demonstrating that archaeology is a historical science always linked to contemporary cultural concerns.
Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology
This essential handbook explores the relationship between the postcolonial critique and the field of archaeology, a discipline that developed historically in conjunction with European colonialism and imperialism. In aiding the movement to decolonize the profession, the contributors to this volume—themselves from six continents and many representing indigenous and minority communities and disadvantaged countries—suggest strategies to strip archaeological theory and practice of its colonial heritage and create a discipline sensitive to its inherent inequalities. Summary articles review the emergence of the discipline of archaeology in conjunction with colonialism, critique the colonial legacy evident in continuing archaeological practice around the world, identify current trends, and chart future directions in postcolonial archaeological research. Contributors provide a synthesis of research, thought, and practice on their topic. The articles embrace multiple voices and case study approaches, and have consciously aimed to recognize the utility of comparative work and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the past. This is a benchmark volume for the study of the contemporary politics, practice, and ethics of archaeology.
This is a sampling of WAC-sponsored titles. To order or for more information on additional WAC-sponsored titles, visit our website at:
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4. Conferences and Opportunities
PORTABLE ANTIQUITIES: ARCHAEOLOGY, COLLECTING, METAL DETECTING
CHAT 2010: ‘NORTH’: NORTHERN WORLDS IN CONTEMPORARY AND HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON HERITAGE RECORDING AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE (SMARTDoc HERITAGE)
The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation/School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the R. Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (University of Leuven) are organizing an International Symposium on Heritage Recording and Information Management in the Digital Age (SMARTDoc Heritage), March 26-27, 2010 in Philadelphia, USA.
4TH ANNUAL EARLY MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY STUDENT SYMPOSIUM (EMASS)
We would like to invite submissions for papers of c.20 minutes duration on any aspect of the early medieval period (400-1200AD) from any part of the world. In keeping with EMASS tradition, there is no set theme for the symposium but papers addressing theory in the early medieval period are particularly welcome, as are papers addressing other approaches such as experimental archaeology. As this is the first time that EMASS will visit Ireland, we also invite papers addressing ideas of regionality and difference in the early medieval period.
EMASS is a discussion group dedicated to the study of the early medieval period, run by and for postgraduates and early career researchers. It provides a forum for those interested in the early medieval period to discuss their ideas, methodologies, and theories in a friendly and open environment.
This year's symposium will take place over two days, featuring both oral and poster presentations, keynote lectures and a reception. The registration fee for the symposium is €20 and will cover refreshments and lunch on both days. As this is EMASS's first visit to Dublin, there may also be a fieldtrip to sites of interest either during or after the papers. We would appreciate it if you could tell us if you would be interested in participating in this, so that we can judge how best to organise this.
Keep an eye on our website at http://www.emass2010.com/ for further details on registration deadlines and payment details which will be posted soon. In the meantime if you have any queries, please contact us at email@example.com.
CONSTELLATIONS OF OBJECTS: INTERACTIVE MATERIAL WORLDS
Call for papers
The affective properties of objects in the singular has attracted much discussion; we wish to build upon this work by considering how objects act together as a group. What is the role of objects in the creation of aesthetic environments? Are aesthetic environments created through object interrelations and what role does intentionality and serendipity play in the process? Are the affective properties of assemblages natural – and thus enduring – or socially contingent? In which case, are the decisions that governed the creation of assemblages in the past recoverable in the material record as it is manifested in the present? What is our role in the re-imagining of ancient assemblages? Can there be a phenomenology of aesthetic sensibility that is valid and rigorous?
We invite papers that explore these themes in any time and in any place. Participants may like to consider them from the following perspectives:
The organisers expect to publish presented papers in a peer-reviewed proceedings volume.
Charge: £15:00, including refreshments and wine reception.
Please submit abstracts by 31/01/2010. Abstracts and enquiries should be sent to: Alice Stevenson, Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PP or Linda Hulin, Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 5BE.
USGS NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAM MANAGER POSITION AVAILABLE
WORLD HERITAGE AND TOURISM: MANAGING FOR THE GLOBAL AND THE LOCAL
Due to strong interest we have extended the deadline for the above conference until 21 January 2010 and also extended the duration of the conference.
Please submit your 500 words abstract (in French or English) including a title and full contact details as an electronic file to Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas (Maria.Gravari-Barbas@univ-paris1.fr) or Laurent Bourdeau (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible but no later than 21 January 2010.
Publication opportunity: Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration. Best papers from the conference will also be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change.
Conference Organisers: UNESCO/UNITWIN NETWORK for Culture, Tourism and Development, the Faculty of Business Administration at Université Laval, the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University.
For more information on the call for papers, registration, etc please go to http://www.fsa.ulaval.ca/tourisme (French) or at http://english.fsa.ulaval.ca/sgc/faculty/quebec2010 (English).
CFP: TOURISM AND SEDUCTIONS OF DIFFERENCE: 1ST TOURISM AND SEDUCTIONS OF DIFFERENCE: 1ST TOURISM-CONTACT0CULTURE RESEARCH NETWORK CONFERENCE
As tourism research spreads into the social sciences, the aim of this series is to bring together social scientists studying tourism and related social phenomena from different disciplinary perspectives. We wish to discuss and ‘test’ the theoretical premises of foundational texts in tourism studies and to develop ongoing critique and new ideas. We welcome papers both from established academics re-assessing their work in the light of current theoretical developments in the social sciences and from an emergent generation of academics presenting their research outputs. Tourism and Seductions of Difference, the theme of the 2010 Conference in Lisbon, Portugal addresses key issues and theoretical perspectives which have left their mark on tourism research over recent years.
Call for papers
GRANTS PROGRAMME: PRESERVING SOCIAL MEMORY: HISTORY AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
The grants programme for ‘Preserving social memory: History and social movements’ is intended to support small scale projects for the preservation and dissemination of historical knowledge and/or alternative historical sources, such as visual and audio material. It is important that these initiatives are well-connected to local intellectual communities and social movements and that their results will be accessible to a wide audience. In addition, an indication of the relevance of the grants for institutional capacity building and local or national policy making is desired.
Research proposals will be selected by the Sephis Steering Committee, which consists of historians from different regions in the world. The applications will be evaluated according to academic quality, feasibility, relevance to local intellectual communities and social movements, and relevance to Sephis themes.
The applications must be received at our office before April 1st 2010. Applications should be written in English. Incomplete applications, applications by fax or e-mail and applications which exceed the stated length cannot be considered.
The application and all requests about the fellowships and grants programme should be sent to: Sephis Programme, International Institute of Social History, Cruquiusweg 31, 1019 AT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Information about the Sephis grants programme can also be obtained via the Sephis web site: http://www.sephis.org
PROGRAMA DE DONACIONES: PRESERVAR LA MEMORIA SOCIAL HISTORIA Y MOVIMIENTOS SOCIALES
El programa de donaciones para ‘Preservar la memoria social historia y movimientos sociales’ tiene como objetivo apoyar proyectos en pequeña escala para la preservación y diseminación del conocimiento historico y/o de fuentes his-tóricas alternativas, tales como materiales visuales y auditivos. Es importante que estas iniciativas se encuentren bien articuladas a comunidades intelectuales locales y movimientos sociales, y que sus resultados sean accesibles a un public amplio. Además, se require una indicación de la relevancia del proyecto respecto a la capacitación y administración pública.
Las propuestas de investigación serán seleccionadas por el Comité Directivo de Sephis conformado por historiadores de diferentes regiones del mundo. Las solicitudes serán evaluadas de acuerdo a su calidad académica, factibilidad, relevancia para las comunidades intelectuales locales y los movimientos sociales, y relevancia para los temas priorizados por Sephis.
Las solicitudes deben se recibidas por nuestra oficina antes del 1 de abril de 2010. Las solicitudes deberán estar escritas en inglés. Las solicitudes incompletas, las que se envíen por fax o correo electrónico que excedan la longitud establecida, no serán consideradas.
El anuncio de los candidatos ganadores aparecerá en el boletín de Sephis. Usted se puede suscribir al boletín de Sephis enviando un correo electrónico a la siguiente dirección: email@example.com informando
La solicitud y toda la documentación para el programa de donaciones deberán enviarse a la siguiente dirección postal: Programa de donaciones de Sephis, Instituto Internacional de Historia Social, Cruquiusweg 31, 1019 AT Amsterdam, Países Bajos
8TH INTERNATIONAL PASCAL CONFERENCE:
The Östersund based Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning (NCK) is a joint Nordic initiative, developing and promoting lifelong learning processes at cultural heritage institutions in the Nordic countries. Through collaboration, practise-near research and a pedagogical approach, NCK aims to make cultural heritage easily accessible and integrates the cultural heritage, arts and learning with the ongoing development of society. To find out more, please consult www.nckultur.org.
Subthemes in parallel seminars
EXPOSITION: MUSEUM TREASURES
The Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions of the Riva Agüero Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru celebrates 30 years of success with the show “Museum Treasures” beginning November 9, 2009 in the O’Higgins House, located on Union Street 554, Lima.
The Museum collection is today composed of approximately 10,000 pieces of diverse origins and materials including engraved gourds, altarpieces, ceramics, tinsmithing, masks, traditional clothing, all of which will be accessible to the public that attend the exposition. The Museum was created on the 25 of October in 1979 as an initiative of Dr. Mildred Merina de Zela. Since its foundation, the museum has been dedicated to the investigation, conservation, and diffusion of the traditional art of Peru, by means of expositions and collaborations with Peruvian and foreign institutions on themes of patrimony and their safeguarding.
The permanent display will be open to the public until April 15, 2010. Admission is free.
EXPOSICIÓN: TESOROS DEL MUSEO
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2010
The Smithsonian Institution encourages access to its collections, staff specialties, and reference resources by visiting scholars, scientists, and students. The Institution offers in-residence appointments for research and study using its facilities, and the advice and guidance of its staff members in fields that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Institution.
POSTDOCTORAL Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for less than seven years. SENIOR Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for seven years or more. Applicants must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting research in residence at the Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. Both fellowships offer a stipend of $42,000* per year plus allowances.
PREDOCTORAL Fellowships are offered to doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations. The applicant must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting the research in-residence at the Institution. Candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. The stipend is $27,000 per year plus allowances.
GRADUATE STUDENT Fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, who have completed at least one semester, and not yet have been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. Program. Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline which is pursued at the Smithsonian. The term is 10 weeks; the stipend is $6,000.
Postmark Deadline for submission is January 15, 2010.
Other 2010 Fellowships and Internships
Additional information and application forms are available at www.si.edu/research+Study
Contact: Office of Fellowships, Smithsonian Institution, 470 L'Enfant Plaza Suite 7102, MRC 902 PO Box 37012, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012, 202-633-7070, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Pamela Hudson Veenbaas| Program Manager, Office of Fellowships |Smithsonian Institution
STAFF ARCHAEOLOGIST POSITION OPEN IN THE REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS
The Historic Preservation office seeks a technical expert on archaeology and historic preservation. Duties will include training Historic Preservation office staff in archaeology and cultural resource management, develop and carry out plans for archaeological survey and excavation, preparation of final reports, establishing standardized inventories and registration, monitoring projects, and ensuring compliance with Section 106 of the U.S. National Historic Preservation Act.
A qualified candidate will have a Master degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or a related field from a recognized college or university, plus at least three (3) years of professional experience.
Completed applications must be received at the Public Service Commission by January 31, 2010 at 5:00p.m.
GREAT RIVER CITIES OF THE ANCIENT MAYA
The ancient lowland Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America is often celebrated for its achievements in an environment unique for its lack of rivers, unlike that of the ancient Egyptian, Sumerian, Indus, and Chinese civilizations. Nevertheless many major lowland Maya cities were indeed located along important rivers such as the Usumacinta, Pasión, Belize, Motagua, among others. These “River Cities” provided the rest of the Maya lowlands access to the resource-rich highlands to the south, as well as contact with to both the Caribbean and Gulf coasts. Moreover, they facilitated the movement of peoples throughout the region, allowed for critical movement and trading of exotic goods, and gave rise to innovative artistic and architectural styles. For these reasons, this conference will focus on how and why the great river cities of the ancient lowland Maya represent some of the most intriguing, opulent, and important segments of this civilization.
Presenters, Saturday Feb. 27th: M. Kathryn Brown, Takeshi Inomata, Robert J. Sharer, Arthur A. Demarest, Charles Golden, Rodrigo Liendo Stuardo, Jason Yaeger, Nicholas Dunning
Workshops, Sunday Feb. 28th: Marc Zender, Gabrielle Vail, Christine Hernandez, Marcus Eberl
OSEA 2010: HERITAGE ETHNOGRAPHY FIELD SCHOOL
5. Excerpts from other archaeological associations’ newsletters (used with permission)
5 (a) SALON
Salon 223: 23 November 2009
Here is an idea well worth copying and perhaps building into the national curriculum. With the astonishing growth in popularity of family history research, the next obvious step for archives and libraries is to encourage people to engage with the built heritage through researching the history of their own homes, or those of their parents, grandparents and even older generations. Edinburgh World Heritage, headed up by SALON Fellow Adam Wilkinson, has been doing just that throughout 2009, working with Edinburgh City Libraries and Edinburgh City Archives. Together they put together a Resource Guide describing how the city’s vast library, archive and online resources can be used to build up a detailed history of a house, building, street or neighbourhood. Edinburgh resident have been encouraged to get involved through public meetings, events and drop-in surgeries. For further information, see the History of your House website.
5 (b) ICOMOS AUSTRALIA
New book title – Heritage and beyond
The notion of cultural heritage may be viewed from a number of standpoints. This publication is concerned less with the science and techniques of conservation than with the meaning of heritage and the contribution it can make to the progress of European society. It is firmly rooted in the principles of the Council of Europe - a political organisation committed to human rights, democracy and cultural diversity - and includes a range of articles that look at heritage in the context of the current challenges we all face. In particular, it shows how the Council of Europe's framework convention can enhance and offer a fresh approach to the value of the cultural heritage for our society. As such, it provides further reasons for states to ratify this convention, which was opened for signature in Faro, Portugal, in 2005, and adopt its dynamic and forward-looking approach. How and why did it seem appropriate at the start of this millenium to draw up a new roadmap for our heritage? How had the concept changed and what does this imply? How could the message transmitted by the Faro Convention foster the emergence of a new culture of development and greater territorial cohesion, leading to sustainable resource use and the involvement of everyone in the transmission of a heritage from which all of society would benefit? This publication attempts to answer these questions, but also looks in depth at various themes introduced by the Faro Convention, such as the "holistic definition" of heritage, the concept of "heritage communities" and of a "common European heritage", its different economic and social dimensions and the principle of shared responsibility. It also offers valuable insights into the relationships between the heritage, the knowledge society and the process of digitising cultural assets.
For further information or to order this title, visit http://book.coe.int/EN/ficheouvrage.php?PAGEID=36&lang=EN&produit_aliasid=2457
News from the ICOMOS Documentation Centre
§ “Modern heritage properties (19th and 20th Centuries) on the World Heritage List” - A bibliography by the ICOMOS Documentation Centre: http://www.international.icomos.org/centre_documentation/bib/modernheritageproperties.pdf
§ New records in the Documentation Centre database (April 2009 – September 2009): http://www.international.icomos.org/centre_documentation/last0909.pdf
§ More news on publications and documentation in the cultural heritage field, in the Blog: http://icomosdocumentationcentre.blogspot.com/
International Workshop (Germany): Social-Ecological Resilience of Cultural Landscapes – call for papers
Social -Ecological Resilience of Cultural Landscapes
For further information visit
5 (c) EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF ARCHAEOLOGISTS
16TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF ARCHAEOLOGISTS
The 16th Annual Meeting of the EAA will be held in the city of The Hague in the Netherlands from 1 to 5 September 2010. It is hosted by the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University (Prof. W. Willems), the Municipal Archaeology Service of The Hague (C. Bakker, MA) and the State Service for Cultural Heritage (Prof. J. Bazelmans). An excellent venue for the meeting has been found in Leiden University Campus, The Hague, in the building of the Royal Conservatoire, adjacent to the central railway station in the centre of town.
The 16th Annual Meeting promises to be the most easily reachable meeting ever in the history of the EAA. It is just a very short train ride away from Schiphol Airport that has direct flights to almost anywhere in Europe and many by budget airlines. Schiphol is also a stop on all major international intercity and high speed train connections from Germany and from Belgium/France.
A number of interesting excursions have been prepared both before and after the meeting, that will give members the opportunity to sample the archaeological delights of the Netherlands. An overview can be found on the conference website at http://www.eaa2010.nl/.
The meeting will differ from previous Annual Meetings in a number of ways, partly as a result of decisions by the Executive Board and partly at the initiative of the organizers. It will maintain its traditional division into three aspects: archaeological research, managing heritage resources and professional issues in archaeology. A fourth theme is Science and the Archaeological Record that will be dealt with in the pre-conference meeting in Delft on 31 August. In addition, it will be attempted to make a connection to the Biannual Meeting of the European Association of Social Anthropologists in Maynooth (near Dublin) that ends on 27 August, just before we begin.
Early dates for session proposals
From 16 January until 30 April, proposals for papers can be submitted for sessions that are still incomplete. During this period, posters can also be proposed. The new Executive Board hopes that by pushing the dates forward, a better quality control can be obtained.
Fees and grants
5 (d) Cuba Arqueologica
Nuevo numero de la revista Cuba Arqueologica
New issue of the Cuba Arqueologica review
XIV Taller Cientifico de Antropologia Social y Cultural Afroamericana y IIl Encuentro de Oralidad “Festival Afropalabra” del 5 al 9 de enero de 2010
XIV Scientific Workshop of Social Anthropology and Afroamerican Culture and III Linguistic Meeting "Festival Afropalabra" the 5-9 of January, 2010
The African House and the Office of the Historian of the city of Havana, in coordination with the Castle Museum of San Severino and the Universidad of Massacres, will convene in the XIV Scientific Workshop of Social Anthropology and Afroamerican Culture and III Linguistic Meeting "Festival Afropalabra" the 5-9 of January, 2010.
1- PROCESSS OF RESISTENCE
For more information please visit: http://www.cubaarqueologica.org/html/blank/e-africa.htm.
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