Final call for papers: Deadline 14th February 2009.
The final deadline for Stanford Theoretical Archaeology Group papers is
soon: see please the below final call for papers for 'Archaeologies of the
transient and intangible: what gets valued and why?' If you are interested
in contributing or would like to find out more, please contact Kenneth
Aitchison on [log in to unmask] before 14th February.
Archaeologies of the transient and intangible: what gets valued and why?
Session abstract for TAG2009, Stanford, 1-3rd May 2009
Concepts of value and worth usually underlie many of our activities as
archaeologists, whether consciously or otherwise. The ways in which these
are manifested in practice can be both obvious and more subtle, and context
Physical, monumental remains are open to direct, immediate and apparent
(e)valuation, whether social, intellectual or economic, but the transient
and intangible past has value too, constructed through the memories and
meanings that become attached to locales.
In this session we would like to explore how concepts of value are
constructed and contested, how they can be applied to intangible pasts, and
the methodologies of measuring value, discussing the value of social and
shared meaning, memory and identity as it can be applied to concepts such as
the cultural value of sites of trauma, the archaeology of commemoration,
transient archaeologies of the immediate past, shared senses of place and
identity, and the physicality of social memory.
Kenneth Aitchison (The Institute for Archaeologists, UK)
Karina Croucher (University of Manchester)
Hilary Soderland (Boalt Hall School of Law, University of
George Smith (South East Archaeological Centre)
Dr. Karina Croucher
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Archaeology, School of Arts, Histories and Cultures
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University of Manchester
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