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Monday, March 31, 2008

CFP: Archaeologies of memory in the global south

From H-Museum:

Call for Participation

Archaeologies of memory in the global south: uncovering and displaying the remembered and unremembered past
A seminar for the rising generation of scholars, curators, and activists
Brown University, Providence, RI
June 9-11, 2008

Brown University's Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and the John Nicholas Brown Center for public humanities and cultural heritage invite your application to a seminar to explore the archaeologies of memory in the global south. We will consider the ways in which ancient times, aboriginal cultures, colonial society, and post-colonial conflicts have been remembered and forgotten, ignored or displayed, heralded or discarded. This seminar will consider both the theory of cultural heritage and its practice, looking to understand the complexities of the past's shaping of our times, and the way that our times shape our understanding of the past. We believe that the wide range of topics will let us reflect on the challenges, practical, political, and social and economic benefits, and personal pleasures of examining and presenting the past.

The seminar, to be held June 9-11, will bring together academics and practitioners from the global south with a small group of Brown faculty, students, and visiting experts. Each of the visiting scholars and practitioners will be asked to present a case study of his or her work for discussion by the group. There will be tours to nearby sites that address complex issues of cultural heritage, including the Mashantucket Museum and Research Center, and Plimoth Plantation.

Brown University will provide funding for travel and accommodations for participants. Please apply by sending a c.v. and a description of the work you would present at the conference to Steven Lubar,, by April 20, 2008.

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