AAA Annual Meeting Program

AAA Annual Meeting Program Details

Session Information:
This session may be of particular interest to:  Practicing and Applied Anthropologists     Students
Program Number: 5-0365
Type: Session
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Sun., 10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Organizer(s): IVY HEPP (Florida State University) 
Chair(s): IVY HEPP (Florida State University) 
10:15 AM: HAROLD BAILLIE -- All for One and One Fo(u)r All?  
10:30 AM: GUY HEPP (University of Colorado) -- Ethnography and Archaeology: A Rocky Love Affair  
10:45 AM: DANIEL SEINFELD -- Reconciling Scientific Archaeology With Anthropology  
11:00 AM: JOSHUA ENGLEHARDT (Florida State University), IVY HEPP (Florida State University) -- A Nostalgic, Post–industrial Melancholy for the Futurity of the Past Archaeological Conditional: What on Earth Is Post–fordism and Why Should This Archaeologist Care?  
11:15 AM: IAN PAWN -- Multiple Approaches: Changing Identities on the Hungarian Plain During the Early to Middle Copper Age  
11:30 AM: GEOFFREY THOMAS, FRANK MARLOWE (Florida State University) -- Biological and Cultural Determinants of Handedness Among the Hadza Hunter-Gatherers  
11:45 AM: JAKOB SEDIG -- What Happened to the Four-Field Approach?: The Splintering of American Anthropology  
12:00 PM: End of Session
Abstract: This session presents a critical re-evaluation of the ways in which cultural anthropologists and archaeologists communicate with each other. Specifically it examines the potential of increasing terminological abstraction and the ‘trendiness’ of new social theories to broaden the divide between these two sub-disciplines of American anthropology. Utilizing perspectives from emerging scholars in several areas of the field, this session demonstrates that increased transparency and clear communication in the way in which social theory is utilized can result in more fruitful intra-disciplinary dialogue. Greater exchange of data, results, and ideas between the sub-fields would positively benefit both ethnographic and archaeological research. The session will explore how the use of social theory and ethnographic analogies can represent challenging mediums for archaeologists. Highly abstract yet productive theories, several of which have emerged in the past decade, are often difficult to translate for functional archaeological use. Such a situation may result in the misappropriation or complete rejection of these potentially constructive ideas. This session also explores how an active inclusion of archaeological or ethno-historical data may improve cultural anthropological analyses by helping to avoid abstract over-theorization. The goal of the session is to actively engage the issues surrounding the ever-increasing divide within our shared discipline. Although this rift is not new, this session will inspire both established and emerging scholars to re-evaluate the benefits of speaking the same language.


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