Theoretical Archaeology Group USA Conference 2015: Call for Papers

Fancy going to a conference in New York in May 2015? Drs Sally Crawford and Katharina Ulmschneider (School of Archaeology, University of Oxford HEIR project: http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/HEIR.html) and I will be hosting a session at the upcoming TAG USA conference (May 22nd-23rd 2015: https://wp.nyu.edu/gsas-nyutag2015/) and are looking for contributors. The session is related to my work on the archive photographs of Pompeii that I have written about elsewhere on this blog (‘Site Seeing’). Please send paper abstracts to me (deadline is 28th Feb. 2015): (at)rhul.ac.uk

Moving pictures: exploring archaeological networks of pictures and knowledge in the 19th and 20th centuries

Dr Zena Kamash (Royal Holloway, University of London), Dr Sally Crawford (University of Oxford) and Dr Katharina Ulmschneider (University of Oxford)

This session seeks to explore the networks of archaeological knowledge that have been created through the movement of people and pictures in the 19th and 20th centuries. Our own research centres on a collection of lantern slides held by the Institute of Archaeology (University of Oxford) that were produced in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of these photographs were taken by well-known academics of the day, but many were produced commercially by firms who sold and shared lecture sets with accompanying texts. This sets up numerous interesting questions concerning the sharing and making of knowledge, who owns that knowledge and, crucially, how the increased opportunities for the movement of people through tourism and travel and for their photographs from the 19th century onwards has shaped our understandings of the past. We would invite papers for this session that investigate the following themes and questions:

  • What kinds of networks of moving people and moving pictures and their role were involved in creating and sharing archaeological knowledge in the 19th and 20th centuries? How did they originate and how were they maintained?
  • How have changing technologies, from lantern slides to Instagram, shaped these movements?
  • How are photographs and other pictures involved in the virtual movement of people? How have photographs been used to create a sense of movement for people who have not travelled or cannot travel?
  • How do photographs direct and control the gaze? How is the movement of travellers in and around sites influenced by cultural expectations and pre-existing photographic ideas of what ‘should’ be seen?
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