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SEMINAR: Archaeology Seminar Series 2017

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Archaeology Seminar Series 2017 : People and animal interactions: A relational approach to the study of social identity in North-Eastern Kimberley rock art, Australia Other events...
This proposal explores how Indigenous people from the Kimberley Region materially expressed their identities through rock art, by looking at three key rock art styles - Irregular Infill Animal, Gwion Gwion, and Elegant Action Figures (highly detailed and rich in human-animal depictions) - and the set of relationships human populations established with other animals. Rock art is an ideal medium for exploring social identity/ies as it has been argued that it was closely linked to country, material culture, animals, plants, and other beings. Following this line of enquiry, my research focuses on the analysis of human and animal interactions with a special emphasis on those scenes where human and animals are engaged (e.g. dancing, hunting, etc.), from which I will propose new theoretical approaches to explain the contribution of animals to human identity. The methods consist of iconographic analysis and Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA) of qualitative attributes (e.g. personal ornamentation, weaponry, body postures, scene compositions, and pigments) and quantitative and spatial attributes (size of the motifs, number of elements that integrate each individual depiction, and geographical distribution) of rock art motifs. Finally, the research relevance relies on the critical re-assessment of Kimberley stylistic sequences, the linkage between theoretical approaches to identity theory and archaeological evidence, and the implementation of a relational approach that takes into account alternative constructions of identity; thus, approaching its study from a holistic viewpoint firmly grounded on rock art, material culture, and the landscape.
Speaker(s) Ana Paula Motta, CRAR+M, UWA
Location Social Sciences, Lecture Room 1 (G28)
Contact Sven Ouzman <[email protected]>
Start Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:00
End Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:42
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