Boston University Archaeology Biennial Graduate Student Conference
February 14-16th, 2014
Breaching Boundaries: Identity and Conflict
This year’s theme focuses on Identity and Conflict. Issues of conflict are of growing concern and interest in the world. Oftentimes these issues are spurred by the interaction of dissonant or opposing identities; these conflicts visibly impact the way populations view themselves and others. The interaction between identity and conflict can be studied in the material record left behind by past societies and in the modern world. While archaeology is the primary way of studying these past material remains, it is the interaction between this field and many other fields that pushes theory in this area. It is in this spirit that the forum has the potential to attract the interest and participation of a broad range of graduate students, not only archaeologists but also anthropologists, historians, sociologists, classicists, geographers, and others. The forum offers an opportunity for emerging scholars to discuss new research in the study of identity and conflict.
Topics for discussion could include, but are not limited to:
Issues of Colonialism and Nationalism
Formation and Maintenance of Boundaries
Indigenous Communities and Cultural Patrimony
Material Culture as Indicators of Conflict
Interactions in Gender Studies and Embodiment and Sexuality
The conference will begin on Friday night with a keynote address by Pamela Geller, University of Miami. Saturday will be devoted to morning and afternoon sessions of conference papers, and Sunday morning will be devoted to a roundtable discussion from 10-12.
Papers are limited to 20 minutes and may address any time period, geographic area, or related theoretical issue.
The deadline for abstracts this December 15, 2013. There is no registration fee for this conference. Selected participants will be notified by early January, and your full paper will be due by February 1st.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at:
Graduate Student Conference Committee Department of Archaeology,
Boston University 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215