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    ... From: Trinity Olivia Jackman [mailto:tjackman@STANFORD.EDU] Sent: Monday, May 08, 2000 4:22 AM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU Subject: Stanford
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      FW: Stanford Archaeology Conference

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      From: Trinity Olivia Jackman [mailto:tjackman@...]
      Sent: Monday, May 08, 2000 4:22 AM
      To: ANTHRO-L@...
      Subject: Stanford Archaeology Conference


      The Stanford Interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology
      presents:

      Narrative Pasts | Past Narratives
      A graduate conference at Stanford University
      February 16-18, 2001


      The events and physical remains of the past are
      understood through the stories that we tell about
      them.  Even when these stories are presented in
      what seems an objective or scientific manner, there
      will always be another story about the same event
      or object that will emphasize or efface different
      perspectives, opinions, and information. Representations
      of the past -- whatever media are used-- involve a
      translation of a material culture for a particular
      audience.

      Narrative is linked to power.  Authoritative versions
      of the past are contingent upon the contexts that
      produce them.  One narrative may be widely accepted
      within an academic discipline while other competing
      versions may be more convincing to those pursuing
      different agendas, whether nationalistic, religious,
      personal, etc.

      The conference will consider two general approaches.
      The first will have a historiographical orientation.
      Participants are invited to submit papers examining
      how archaeological, anthropological, and historical
      narratives have been written in formats ranging from
      specialist monographs to primary school textbooks
      since these disciplines have been formed.  How have
      these disciplines in general or in specific cases been
      influenced by conceptual, historical, and social
      circumstances?  What is the role of genre, and how
      have narratives produced for general audiences in
      travel literature, historical novels, creative
      non-fiction etc. influenced these disciplines and
      public perceptions of the past?  How is technology
      currently changing the presentation of traditional
      forms of narrative?

      As a second approach, participants are asked to
      consider the issue of how ancient and non-Western
      societies have produced narratives concerning their
      own past or contemporary world through texts or
      pictorial representation.  What stories did they tell
      about the material remains and landscapes with which
      they came into contact?  How did such groups
      appropriate the monuments and histories of their own
      past?

      Abstracts due May 25 c/o Graduate Conference in
      Archaeology, Dept. of Classics, Stanford University,
      Stanford, CA 94305-2080

      Please submit abstracts anonymously, but accompanied by a cover sheet that
      includes title of the paper, author's name and affiliation, address,
      e-mail, and any audio-visual requirements. Abstracts should be no longer
      than 600 words in length.

      For further information,contact Trinity Jackman
      (tjackman@...).

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