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Anthropological and Archaeological Imaginations: past, present and future


Anthropological and Archaeological Imaginations: past, present and future
University of Bristol, 6th-9th April 2009.

The Association of Social Anthropologists 09 conference will take place at the University of Bristol, 6th-9th April. The aim of this conference is to stimulate a major reconsideration of the complex links which obtain between social anthropology and archaeology. Though social anthropology has had an uneasy relationship with archaeology we believe that the transformations that both disciplines have experienced in recent decades mean that it is time to overcome this reticence, indeed that there are many reasons; intellectual, epistemological, methodological and practical, to do so. All submissions are welcome, whether from the theoretical or ethnographic point of view. Considerations which take into account the experience of four-field anthropology from an international perspective are also very welcome.

We would expect panel proposals to be submitted by 1st December, please.
Amongst the special events already decided is the key-note address (Monday 6th April), which will be delivered by Prof. Michael Herzfeld. Invited speakers with regard to the first plenary that follows include Prof. Chris Hann, Prof. Tim Ingold, and Prof. Rosemary Joyce. On Day 2, Prof. Ian Hodder will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University, preceded by a special lecture:Archaeology and Anthropology: the state of the field. Further events include the ASA Raymond Firth Lecture (Prof. Guha-Thakurta), and the RAI Presidential Address (Prof. Roy Ellen).

The call for panels may be accessed here

We do not wish to be prescriptive, but the sort of thing that may be of interest would be the exploration of the contrasts and complementarities between the two disciplines historically and today; the study of ruins or the ethnographic exploration of multiple interactions with the past; diffusion and the transformation of culture; contrasting uses and ways of interpreting material culture within the two disciplines, and so on. More details on these themes may be found here
Queries may be addressed to

Dr David Shankland
On behalf of the ASA09 conference committee

Dr Fiona Bowie
Prof. Mark Horton
Dr Joshua Pollard
Dr David Shankland (Chair)
Dr Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

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