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: 1-0760
Type: Session
Session Title: MATERIALITY OF THE SLIPSTREAM: DEEPENING HISTORICAL ANTHROPOLOGIES OF THE CIRCUM-CARIBBEAN AND GULF COAST
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Wed., 8:00 PM-9:45 PM
Organizer(s): MARK REES (University of Louisiana-Lafayette), ROB MANN (Louisiana State University) 
Chair(s): MARK REES (University of Louisiana-Lafayette) 
Participants:  
8:00 PM: STEVE LENIK (Syracuse University) -- In Search of the Carib: Conflicting Perspectices in Ethnohistory and Archaeology  
8:15 PM: HEATHER GIBSON (Virginia Commonwealth University), KENNETH KELLY (University of South Carolina) -- Caribbean Contradictions: Entangled Networks and Slavery in the French West Indies  
8:30 PM: ROB MANN (Louisiana State University) -- Commodities and Colonialism: French Faience, Spanish Reforms, and Isleño Settlers in 18th-Century Louisiana.  
8:45 PM: C BRASSIEUR (University of Louisiana-Lafayette) -- Branding Irons on the Bayou Teche: The Semiotics of Identity and Ownership in Colonial Louisiana.  
9:00 PM: TERRANCE WEIK (University of South Carolina) -- Envisioning an Archaeology of Interchange & Engagement Between Africans, Chickasaws, & Their Colonial Neighbors.  
9:15 PM: DAVID PALMER (University of Louisiana-Lafayette) -- The Ephemerality of African Diasporic Materiality  
9:30 PM: DISCUSSANT: CHARLES COBB  
9:45 PM: End of Session
Abstract: Extending historical anthropology into colonial and pre-colonial contexts in the Circum-Caribbean-Atlantic world necessitates decolonizing archaeologies and a radical critique of historiography. Such historicism is not new, but holds promise in (re)locating movement and identity, transcending the tropes of contact and colonialism, and infiltrating what has long been represented as a homogenized, silent past. Tracing the material ebb and flow, once thought of as “up streaming” or the direct historical approach, situates scholarship in the slipstream – those trajectories of circulation at the back of moving objects. Artifactual, spatial, and textual representations are the flotsam and jetsam, reflecting the former courses and scope of social relations, interactions, and associations. The papers in this session are concerned not only with the interrelatedness of materiality, property, and power, but how re-engagement in the slipstream interrogates dominant narratives and exposes alternative histories. The slipstream directs inquiry from materiality to constituent connections, entanglements, and identities, negotiations and conflicts which infused the Gulf Coast and Circum-Caribbean in the centuries before and after initial contacts.



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