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SEMINAR: Archaeology Seminar Series

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Today's date is Friday, October 19, 2018
Archaeology Seminar Series : "Excavating Prehistory’s Past: Some Themes in Investigating the Historiography of (Francophone) Archaeology in the Pacific" Other events...
In this talk I present some of the most accomplished themes I have been exploring as part of the ARC Laureate Project ‘The Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific’ (CBAP), led by Prof. Matthew Spriggs at ANU. CBAP is the first consolidated research program to investigate the historiography of archaeology in the Pacific (including, to some degree, Australia), while this field of study has emerged during the last 20 years as a solid sub-discipline in the history of sciences in Europe and the Americas. My role in the multidisciplinary and multilingual CBAP team has been to specifically look into the history of francophone traditions in this field: ones which have been present since the very early days of European questioning about the origins and past of the ‘South Seas’ inhabitants and which were framed by specific trends in French (and Belgian) intellectual history as well as socio-political and colonial developments. This has been approached mainly through individual case-studies: using the ‘collective biography’ theme to investigate networks and transnational history as well as national and specific colonial contexts; and to replace the production of ideas or the establishment of practices within specific lives and personal experiences in the ‘field’ so as to balance intellectual history with ‘real-life science’. I will present some stories that demonstrate such themes, from the very first field archaeologists of the 1890s to the establishment of professional archaeology and the French school of ‘Oceania ethnoarchaeology’ in the mid-20th century. I would also like to finish by discussing some ideas for a new project that will build on this one, investigating the specific role of hidden though ever-present figures in this history: women.
Speaker(s) Emilie Dotte-Sarout, Australian National University; University of Western Australia.
Location Fishbowl, Archaeology
Contact Ana Paula Motta <anapaula.motta@research.uwa.edu.au>
Start Thu, 11 Oct 2018 12:00
End Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <ss@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Fri, 05 Oct 2018 12:54
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