Ian Russell, Postdoctoral Fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, has published a new book with Ashgate Press. It is an edited volume with Stephanie Koerner (University of Manchester) entitled Unquiet Pasts: Risk Society, Lived Cultural Heritage, Re-Designing Reflexivity.
This important book addresses critical themes in the development of archaeology as a reflexive, self-critical discipline in the modern world. It explores the ethical, political and cultural tensions and responsibilities which need to be addressed by archaeologists when working within networks of global ecologies and communities, examining how authoritarian traditions can exacerbate the divide between expert and public knowledge. Moreover, it analyses how localized acts of archaeology relate to changing conceptions of risk, heritage, culture, identity, and conflict.
Bringing insights from Alain Schnapp, Michael Shanks, Isabelle Stengers, Bruno Latour, Ulrich Beck, John Urry and others to cross-disciplinary discussions of these themes, Unquiet Pasts shows how archaeological discourse can contribute towards engaging and understanding current dilemmas. It also shows how archaeology, as a localized and responsibly exercised practice, can play a part in building our commonly shared and experienced world.
There is an opportunity for the public to submit comments in advance of the upcoming CPAC hearing on October 12th regarding a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and Greece.
Comments can be submitted online here: http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#documentDetail?R=0900006480b3b3c6
The AIA’s instructions and some useful templates are here: http://www.archaeological.org/cpac
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