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: 4-0715
Type: Session
Session Sponsor: American Ethnological Society
Archaeology Division
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
Session Date/Time: Sat., 1:45 PM-3:30 PM
Organizer(s): QUETZIL CASTANEDA (Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology / Indiana University), JENNIFER MATHEWS (Trinity University) 
Chair(s): JENNIFER MATHEWS (Trinity University) 
1:45 PM: JENNIFER MATHEWS (Trinity University), DOMINIQUE RISSOLO (Waitt Family Foundation), JEFFREY GLOVER (Georgia State University) -- Challenges, Obstacles and Benefits of Ethnographic Archaeology in the Maya Area  
2:00 PM: SEBASTIAN SALGADO-FLORES (University of Texas-San Antonio) -- Talking Archaeology in the Lacandon Jungle: A Collaborative Approach to Dissertation Research in Metzabok, Chiapas  
2:15 PM: ALLAN MACA (Colgate University) -- Ethnographic Urgency and the Archaeology of Copan, Honduras  
2:30 PM: QUETZIL CASTANEDA (Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology / Indiana University) -- "Constructing the Past, Making History": on the Ethical and Historical Imperative for Ethnographic Archaeology  
2:45 PM: DISCUSSANT: LISA BREGLIA (George Mason University)  
3:00 PM: DISCUSSANT: RANDY MCGUIRE (Binghamton University)  
3:30 PM: End of Session
Abstract: In the current ethnographic turn of archaeology, urgent questions are being posed by archaeologists and ethnographers about how to collaborate, if at all, and the practical as well as theoretical ways to do so. Is ethnography a “remedy” for archaeology, if so to what problems? If not why incorporate ethnography into archaeological research? Should ethnographers be brought on to do research of social contexts of archaeological projects? Can archaeologists do their own ethnography of their projects? Are the objectives of ethnography of archaeology compatible with the agenda of archaeological research? What are the sources of and solutions to the frictions between archaeologists and ethnographers who investigate the social contexts and processes of archaeological heritage development in the same locations? Is there an already existing ethnography that archaeologists have always been doing? What are the limits and tensions of collaborations between archaeologists and ethnographers? As well, what methodological, practical and theoretical innovations are necessary to push even further the ongoing development of this emergent interdisciplinary subfield of anthropology? This panel brings together ethnographers and archaeologists who have been explicitly and implicitly working on these questions in diverse research contexts in the Americas.


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