May I bring to your attention a session that may be of interest for you at
the next Theoretical Archaeology Group conference on 17-19 December at the
University of Durham. Abstracts for papers may be submitted to any of the
organisers by 30th September.
Many thanks and best wishes,
'Oneness and Otherness': Self and Identity in relation to material and
Marcus Brittain (Cambridge Archaeological Unit [log in to unmask])
Andy Needham (University of York, [log in to unmask])
Nick Overton (Cambridge Archaeological Unit, [log in to unmask])
Penny Spikins (University of York, [log in to unmask])
In the modern West we live in a world of compartments where humans, animals
and objects are each viewed as discreet entities. Further, the
relationships between these entities are often seen from the vantage of how
the former, humans, exploit and utilise the latter, animals and objects.
This position is one which commonly finds itself entangled in our
archaeological interpretations, regardless of the geographical distance or
time depth from its source. New research from a multitude of outside
disciplines, such as anthropology and neuropsychology, has begun to paint
these relations in quite a different light. Given the weight of new and
alternative theory and evidence, we here question this classic division and
explore new means of understanding these relationships. With a
reinterpretation of the interactions between each of these entities, from
exploitative and hierarchical to something other, comes a deeper
understanding of the entities themselves, bringing into question what
persons, animals and objects are.
We aim not only to encourage archaeological engagement with this rapidly
advancing multi-disciplinary domain, but also to progress our
understandings of these entities in diverse period specific contexts.
Dr. Marcus Brittain
Cambridge Archaeological Unit
University of Cambridge
34a Storey's Way