call for papers

S.Jones (S.Jones@SOTON.AC.UK)
Wed, 20 Apr 1994 10:11:00 BST

Would anyone on the list be interested in participating in this conference
session ....

Call for papers: 'The plurality of material culture: ethnicity, class and

'The plurality of material culture' is a sub-theme within the over-arching
theme entitled 'Changing Perspectives in Historical Archaeology' taking place
at the World Archaeological Congress in New Delhi, December 4-11, 1994. I have
agreed to organise this session, and am looking for further contributors (see
session details below).

Contributions may be interdisciplinary in nature and do not need to be
restricted to archaeological studies; papers dealing with more abstract
theoretical issues and relevant aspects of contemporary societies are welcome.
I am looking for further contributors to this particular session and would
welcome a contribution from you.

If you would like to participate then please let me know as soon as possible,
and send me the title and a brief outline of the topic of your proposed paper.

Papers for this, and other themes, will be pre-circulated. They must be full
texts, rather than mere abstracts, but they must not be over 4000 words due to
the costs involved. Two copies of your paper must be submitted (one copy to
myself and one to the Academic Programme Co-ordinator - Dr. Makkhan Lal, World
Archaeological Congress - 3, PO Box 112, H.P.O., Aligarh - 202 001, India) by
30 June 1994. If you wish to contribute you will also need to register for the
conference and you will find a registration form at the back of the conference
booklet (which I will send you, if you are interested in contributing /



Sian Jones. Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, Highfield,
11: Changing Perspectives in Historical Archaeology.
Overall organisers: W.H. Siddiqi (India) and Pedro Pablo Funari (Brazil)

* Sub-theme B: The Plurality of Material culture: ethnicity,
class and gender.*
Organiser: Sian Jones (UK)

Historical archaeology has been defined as post-Columbian archaeology, the
archaeology of the capitalist period, and more broadly as the study of the
archaeology of the recent past, or non-prehistoric archaeology. None of these
definitions are unproblematic from a world perspective. The chronological
boundaries and contexts of the term 'historical archaeology' vary from region
to region and the epistemological basis of this distinction and the ideological
baggage which often accompanies it will be explored in the initial sub-theme:
'Exploring epistemological problems: questions of definition of the subject.'

As a basis for the delineation of this sub-theme, 'The plurality of material
culture', 'historical archaeology' can be defined as the archaeology of
'literate' societies. The aim of the theme is to explore the ways in which
material culture is involved in the construction of various identities:
'racial', ethnic, 'tribal', class and gender. Debates about the relationship
between written and material evidence, the active roles of literature and
material culture in the reproduction and transformation of identities, and the
ways in which different kinds of identity are enmeshed in one another will be
considered. One issue which may come to the fore is whether textual and
material dimensions of social life are differentially involved in the
negotiation and legitimation of various kinds of identity. In exploring such
issues the epistemological questions raised by the distinction between
historical and pre-historical archaeology will be further explored. For
nstance, how useful is it to draw a boundary between 'literate' and
'non-literate' societies as if either category of society constitutes an
exclusive entity? Does the relative significance of material and textual
representations of identity vary in different socio-cultural contexts and, if
so, does this question the extent to which literacy can be seen to infiltrate
the whole of society in an uniform and monolithic fashion?

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