Archaeologies of the Present: Critical Engagements with Post-Industrial Urban Transformations

16 October 2013

Detroit (from the article 'Detroit Calling at the Placemaking Leadership Council' by Cara Courage on the Big City website)

Rodney Harrison and collaborative partners have been awarded Wenner-Gren Foundation funding to host a conference in Detroit in 2014.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research has awarded funding to support a five-day collaborative workshop in Detroit, MI involving 10-12 leading international scholars in archaeology. Co-principal investigators and awardees Krysta Ryzewski (Wayne State University), Laura McAtackney (University College Dublin), and Rodney Harrison (University College London) will serve as the co-organizers of the workshop, “Archaeologies of the Present: Critical Engagements with Post-industrial Urban Transformations”. The invite-only workshop will be held at Wayne State University during August 2014.

Archaeologies of the Present

The “Archaeologies of the Present” workshop is thematically focused on post-industrial urban transitions through the lens of contemporary archaeology. Contemporary archaeology is defined as a practice that uses archaeological concepts and techniques to engage critically with the present-day material traces and social phenomena of late modern, post-industrial societies.

Situating the workshop in Detroit offers a unique opportunity to stimulate comparative and theoretical discussions about the materialities of urban transformations as they are happening. Participants will discuss comparative and place-based research that focuses on one of several issues, including the materiality of urban landscapes, ruins, artistic interventions, conflict, or socio-political movements.

The workshop is intended to establish and strengthen emerging trans-Atlantic dialogues about post-industrial and urban settings among archaeologists. An edited volume will be published from the workshop contributions.

Image: Image of Detroit is from the article by Cara Courage which originally appeared on the sustainable cities website This Big City.