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Posting on behalf of Randy McGuire and Erin Riggs
We are organizing an SAA session on Immigration and Refugee Resettlement (see the description below). If you are interested in contributing, please send a draft of your paper abstract to either [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]
This year's SAAs are in Albuquerque, New Mexico from April 10th-April 14th. Final abstracts are due September 6th.
Many archaeologists have considered how national belonging is materialized through historic sites and built heritage. We propose a session that instead asks archaeologists to analyze how sites of immigration and refugee resettlement contribute to understandings of national belonging. In recent years, the number of Historical Archaeology projects focused on immigrant communities has increased. Simultaneously, scholars working in the emergent subfield of Contemporary Archaeology have produced a growing body of literature focused on undocumented migration and refugee crises. Our goal is to bring archaeologists working in these different contexts and temporal periods together to consider how material landscapes of immigration and refugee resettlement shape understandings of national belonging. Sites of interest might include borderlands, refugee camps, resettlement colonies, detention centers, and places of immigrant and refugee labor. By using archaeological methods to analyze such sites, we can better understand the material ramifications of government policies within the lives and homes of individuals. This is especially important at a time when global debates surrounding immigration are overly focused on political ideology and legality instead of the tangible, material consequences at a human scale.
Randy McGuire and Erin Riggs
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