Every student will present one reading to the class (i.e.,
not the whole week's readings, just one selection).
Presenters should summarize the reading's main points, assess its strengths and
weaknesses, and provide some initial ideas to guide the discussion. All
students will be prepared to participate in class discussions of the readings,
so the presenter's duty is to begin that discussion. Every presenter
must provide me a thorough outline of their presentation on the day of
the presentation or lose half of their reading presentation credit.
Readings are assigned on a voluntary basis: if you do
not volunteer to present one of the readings by January 23, I will assign you
to one at random that evening. The line ABOVE the reading indicates the person who is
presenting that reading: please do not get confused and prepare the wrong
reading for class.
Readings in the Contemporary Archaeology in Theory volume appear in the
syllabus as CAT. Readings in Reconstructing Archaeology appear as
RA. Readings in Ethnographic Archaeologies appear as EA. Remaining readings are available electronically through either a
direct link from this page or on Oncourse under the resources tab for the class.
- Chapter 1 "The Present Past", RA
- The Location of Archaeology (Christopher Matthews,
Chapter 6, EA)
- An Ethical Epistemology of Publicly Engaged
Biocultural Research (Michael L. Blakey, Chapter 27, CAT).
- Chapter 4, Presenting the Past, RA
- Copyrighting the Past? Emerging Intellectual
Property Rights Issues in Archaeology (George P. Nicholas and Kelly P.
Bannister, Chapter 32, CAT).
The Dilemmas of Objectivity and Hyper-Relativism
- A Dangerously Elusive Method: Disciplines,
Histories, and the Limits of Reflexivity (Richard Handler, Chapter 3, EA).
- Good Science, Bad Science, or Science as Usual?:
Feminist Critiques of Science (Alison Wylie, Chapter 9, CAT).
- A Class All its Own: Explorations of Class
Formation and Conflict (LouAnn Wurst, Chapter 16, CAT).
- Facts and
Values in Archaeology, Chapter 3, RA
- Historical Categories and the Praxis of Identity:
The Interpretation of Ethnicity in Historical Archaeology (Sian Jones,
Chapter 14, CAT).
- No Sense of the Struggle: Creating a Context for
Survivance at the NMAI (Sonya Atalay, Chapter 29, CAT).
- Domesticating Imperialism: Sexual Politics and the
Archaeology of Empire (Barbara Voss, Chapter 12, CAT).
- Cultures of Contact, Cultures of Conflict?:
Identity Construction, Colonialist Discourse, and the Ethics of
Archaeological Practice in Northern Ireland (Audrey Horning, Chapter 28,
- Confronting Colonialism: The Mahican and
Schaghticoke Peoples and Us (Russell Handsman and Trudie Lamb Richmond,
Chapter 24, CAT).
Real People or Reconstructed People?: Ethnocritical
Archaeology, Ethnography, and Community Building (Larry Zimmerman, Chapter
Karin Williams AND
- Barbara L. Voss, "Feminisms, Queer Theories, and the
Archaeological Study of Past Sexualities" World Archaeology
32(2):180-192, on Oncourse.
AND Taylor Woodford
- The Foundations of Archaeology (Mark Leone, Chapter
- The "Ethnographic Turn" in Archaeology: Research
Positioning and Reflexivity in Ethnographic Archaeologies (Quetzil
Castaneda, Chapter 1, EA).
- Social Values, Social Constraints and Material
Culture: The Design of Contemporary Beer cans (Chapter 8, RA).
- Sites of Violence: Terrorism, Tourism, and Heritage
in the Archaeological Present (Lynn Meskell, Chapter 26, CAT).
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