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: 4-0775
Type: Session
Session Title: THE ARCHITECTURE OF IDENTITY
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Sat., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): KATHRYN SAMPECK (Illinois State University) 
Chair(s): ELIZABETH SCOTT 
Participants:  
1:45 PM: KATHRYN SAMPECK (Illinois State University) -- Building Identity From the Ground Up: Izalcos Pipil Landscapes From the Sixteenth Through Nineteenth Centuries in Western El Salvador  
2:00 PM: JEB CARD -- Identity and the Circulation of Crafting Techniques at Colonial Ciudad Vieja, El Salvador  
2:15 PM: CHRIS KYLE -- Class Differentiation and Town Design in Sixteenth Century Mexico  
2:30 PM: HOLLY BROOKENS -- Commodities and Communities: Constructing Identities at Cacao, Indigo, and Sugar Production Sites in the Early Republican Period of El Salvador  
2:45 PM: RANI ALEXANDER (New Mexico State University) -- Identity, Place, and the Built Environment in Ebtun, Yucatan, Mexico  
3:00 PM: ADELA AMARAL -- The Architecture of Civility: Transforming Maroons Into Colonial Subjects in Late 18th Century Vera Cruz  
3:15 PM: KENNETH BROWN (University of Houston) -- Recreating "Africa:" An Archaeology of Identity Construction in The  
3:45 PM: JAY EDWARDS (Louisiana State University) -- Migration and Creolization in the Origins of the Shotgun House in New Orleans  
4:00 PM: JOHN VLACH -- The Post-Katrina Shotgun House  
4:15 PM: JAMES DELLE (Kutztown University) -- Social Space and the Framing of Identity in Colonial Jamaica  
4:30 PM: CHRISTOPHER RODNING (Tulane University) -- Architecture, Identity, and Cherokee Towns in the Southern Appalachians  
4:45 PM: TRACIE MAYFIELD -- Imagine There's No Big-House: Architecture and Identity at the British Plantation Settlement at Lamanai, Belize (1837-1868)  
5:00 PM: LISA DRETSKE -- Constructing a German Ethnic Identity in a French Town: Janis-Ziegler/Green Tree Tavern Site (23G272) in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.  
5:15 PM: ELIZABETH SCOTT -- The Construction of French Identity on America's Western Frontier  
5:30 PM: End of Session
Abstract: Identity is the product of circulation. Social space, including landscapes and built environments, is the arena for the negotiation of identity and material culture provides the building blocks from which identity is constructed. The crystallization of identity is a dynamic process, requiring circulation through social spaces as well as circulation of material culture in particular ways among some social actors and not others. Fredrik Barth recognized that groups are not discretely bounded entities to which people naturally belong, but rather the very act of circulation, the connection to other groups, reveals the acts of exclusion and incorporation. The social processes of exclusion and incorporation maintain discrete categories despite changing group participation and membership in the course of individual life histories. Papers in this session explore both the arenas and materials for the framing of identity from historical, anthropological and archaeological perspectives. Architecture and other constructed spaces are literally the zones of encounter, conjunctions, and liminal passages within which identity continually re-makes itself. The relational quality of identity is perhaps most dramatically shown in colonial ventures. Many of the session papers concern British, French, and Spanish colonial efforts in North America (including the regions of today’s Canada, United States, Mexico, and Central America) and the Caribbean. Colonization created a new circulation of peoples, ideas, materials, and practices that had complementary and contradictory currents for identities of colonizers as well as native residents. A key part of the genesis of the Atlantic World was the movement of Africans to the New World, and session papers deal with African and African descendant architecture and material culture. Session participants investigate ways in which group categories such as ethnic labels endure even when individual members move across boundaries or share an identity with people in more than one group. These processes are rooted in the past, but are equally informing the present. Rebuilding after disaster is also the process of re-constructing identity. The subject of identity encourages us to think across boundaries, or better yet, realize that these boundaries are the very product of movement and circulation.



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