As you all know the deadline for the call for papers for the SHA 2014 conference is quickly approaching. As of right now we have two panels related to African diaspora archaeology that are looking for additional panelists. If anyone is interested in joining either of these two panels please reply to sbarchaeologists@...
with your name, short title, and abstract.
1. Democratizing the Canon: Rethinking African Diaspora Archaeology:
In recent years, several postcolonial scholars have written about a need to decolonize and democratize the anthropological canon. In her landmark book Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology for the Global Age, Harrison (2008) outlines nine major objectives involved in democratizing anthropology ranging from decentering western knowledge production to interrogating how anthropology is organized and practiced. Pulling from Harrison's framework, this panel offers pragmatic ways in which we can continue to democratize African diaspora archaeology by rethinking methodological and theoretical perspectives through intra- and inter-disciplinarity as well as rehistoricizing the roles of key actors in the field.
2. Theorizing African Diaspora Archaeology:
As African diaspora archaeology continues to grow, archaeologists are rapidly expanding their theoretical toolkit to help explain and make sense of the archaeological record. This search for explanatory models and theoretical frameworks has caused many archaeologists to look outside of the sphere of traditional archaeology and anthropology. Using diverse theoretical perspectives from Africana Studies, Public Health, and other disciplines, panelists will attempt to wed theory with archaeological data to help rethink old African diaspora sites and help explain new ones.