Archaeologies of the Present: Critical Engagements with Post-Industrial Urban Transformations
16 October 2013
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.