History events at the IHR

Negotiating the past: Collaborative practice in cultural heritage research

07 November 2012, 17:30 - 19:30

Event Type: Seminar


Prof. Alison Wylie (University of Washington)


Departments of Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Washington
Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Durham (Michelmas Term 2012)

Archaeology has seen a major sea change in the last few decades as any number of stakeholders, especially Indigenous, Aboriginal, and First Nations descendant communities, demand accountability to their interests, their conventions of practice and conceptions of cultural heritage. What are the implications of this for archaeological practice? Internal debate in North America has been dominated by anxieties about the costs of response to these demands: the focus is on high profile examples of research opportunities lost and professional autonomy compromised by legal constraints and by intractable conflict. All too often this obscures local initiatives that illustrate what becomes possible when practice is reframed as a form of intellectual and cultural collaboration. In the case of collaborations with Native American communities, the archaeologists involved describe innumerable ways in which their research programs have been enriched, empirically and conceptually. I explore the legacies of community-based collaborative practice in archaeology, focusing on their implications for procedural norms that govern the adjudication of empirical robustness and credibility. I argue that conditions for effective critical engagement must include a requirement to take seriously forms of expertise that lie outside the research community.

Respondent: Dr Laura Peers
Pitt Rivers Museum and School of Anthropology, University of Oxford

The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception.

Venue: Athlone Room 102, Senate House, 1st floor

Venue: Room 102 (Senate House, first floor)

Senate House
Malet Street 
London WC1E 7HU 

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