The Spectre of Non-Completion
Start: Jan 26, 2015 04:00 PM
Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology
James Dixon (Museum of London Archaeology) will give the third seminar in the Term II Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 26 January.
Future Pasts | Present Futures: Critical Conversations on the ‘Contemporary’ across disciplines
This seminar series seeks to foster cross-disciplinary conversations on concepts of time, materiality and space through a focus on the temporal, ontological and spatial implications of the ‘contemporary’.
While it has become customary to think of the ‘contemporary’ as a sort of prefix to denote a range of different disciplines’ engagements with, or explorations of, current topics of social, ecological or political concern, the ways in which different disciplines provide particular and varied lenses through which to reflect on and actively contribute to processes of composing and designing the contemporary has rarely been considered. Similarly, while we have become accustomed to the idea that heritage is something of the past, conserved in the present, for the future, the ways in which contemporary archaeological, architectural, artistic, heritage-related and museological practices might be implicated in actually assembling or producing the past, present and future has also rarely been discussed.
This seminar series will critically explore the idea of the ‘contemporary’ and its relational notions of the past, present and future, through case studies drawn from archaeology, architecture, art, geography and heritage. In doing so, will seek to generate new debates and trans-disciplinary conversations between and across these fields.
Term II Institute Research Seminar Series 2014-15
- 12 January: Origin Myths and Realities: unpacking the historic narratives of mining heritage sites (Peter Oakley, Research Leader for School of Material, Royal College of Art) To be followed by a book launch for Reanimating Industrial Spaces: Conducting Memory Work in Post-Industrial Societies, edited by Hilary Orange (UCL)
- 19 January: Prospection (Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie, Artist/Film-makers, Somewhere.org.uk)
- 26 January: The Spectre of Non-Completion (James Dixon, Senior Archaeologist, Museum of London Archaeology)
- 2 February: Prototyping Uncertainty (Katherine Clarke, Artist Partner/Co-founder, muf architecture/art)
- 9 February: World Series (Boyle Family, Artists)
- 23 February: Demolition and Salvage Times (Hilary Powell, Leverhulme Artist in Residence, UCL Chemistry)
- 2 March: Island of the Dragons: Money and the archaeology of the Square Mile (Paul Graves-Brown, Honorary Senior Research Associate, UCL)
- 9 March: Make, use, abandon, repeat: thoughts on entropy and the temporalities of real estate (Luke Bennett, Department of the Built Environment, Sheffield Hallam University)
- 16 March: A response installation to excavating a dark corner (Patrick Laviolette & Francisco Martinez, Anthropology, Tallinn University, Estonia)
- 23 March: 'To see what's down there': television archaeology's co-production of the space and time of the contemporary (Angela Piccini, Department of Drama, Theatre, Film, Television, University of Bristol)
Institute of Archaeology Research Seminars take place on Mondays from 4-6pm, in Room 612 of the Institute.
All welcome! Seminars will be followed by a wine