Thursday, March 23, 2006

Meeting #5 - Reading List

Our next meeting will be on Friday, April 7 at 2 in the ARF atrium. Copies of those readings that are not downloadable are in John's ARF mailbox.

Memory and Identity

Memory: focus on (*).

*Connerton, Paul (1989). How Societies Remember. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: Chapter 3, “Bodily practices,” pp. 72-104.

Forty, Adrian (1999). Introduction. In (A. Forty and S. Küchler, eds.) The Art of Forgetting, pp. 1-18. Berg, Oxford.

Harrison, Simon (2004). Forgetful and memorious landscapes. Social Anthropology 12(2): 135-151. (Downloadable; this is a really interesting study, relevant to archaeologists on the landscape front.)

*Jones, Andrew (2003). Technologies of remembrance: memory, materiality and identity in Early Bronze Age Scotland. In (H. Williams, ed.) Archaeologies of Remembrance: Death and Memory in Past Societies, pp. 65-88. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York. (One of the most obvious archaeological routes to memory, the other generally employed context is in commemorative monuments.)

*Joyce, Rosemary A. (2003). Concrete Memories: Fragments of the Past in the Classic Maya Present (500-1000 AD). In (R.M. Van Dyke and S.E. Alcock, eds.) Archaeologies of Memory, pp.104-125. Blackwell Publishing, Malden MA. (This is a treatment of memory that draws out the more fluid, tactical, everyday engagement of materials.)

*Lucas, Gavin (1997). Forgetting the past. Anthropology Today 13(1): 8-14. (Downloadable. I love this one, it’s why every archaeologist ought to be concerned with the topic.)

Nora, Pierre (1989). Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Memoire. Representations 26 (Spring): 7-24. (Downloadable. An important figure in memory studies, though a few degrees separate from our material focus.)

Olick, Jeffrey K. and Joyce Robbins (1998). Social Memory Studies: From “Collective Memory” to the Historical Sociology of Mnemonic Practices. Annual Review of Sociology 24: 105-140. (Downloadable. An overview piece, much like a field statement but has a decent bibliography for source-mining.)

Rowlands, Michael (1993). The role of memory in the transmission of culture. World Archaeology 25(2): 141-151. (Downloadable. A classic implementation of Connerton’s inscribed/ incorporated practices.)

Van Dyke, Ruth M. and Susan E. Alcock (2003). Archaeologies of Memory: An Introduction. In (R.M. Van Dyke and S.E. Alcock, eds.) Archaeologies of Memory, pp.1-13. Blackwell Publishing, Malden MA. (This is a decent intro to the volume and some of the issues, useful if you have not already had a look at the book.)

Identity: I’ve put less in here, not because there isn’t good material to look at but because I’m coming to kind of different way of thinking about it… and we will probably focus more on the memory stuff, since there seems to be more interest in it. I’ll add more as I compile the list, but these are thought-provoking bits for our purposes.

*Brück, Joanna (2004). Material metaphors: the relational construction of identity in Early Bronze Age burials in Ireland and Britain. Journal of Social Archaeology 4(3): 307-333. (Downloadable)

*Lele, Veerendra P. (2006). Material habits, identity, semeiotic. Journal of Social Archaeology 6(1): 48-70. (Downloadable. More employment of Peircean semiotic.)

Meskell, Lynn and Robert W. Preucel (2004). Identities. In (L. Meskell and R.W. Preucel eds.) A Companion to Social Archaeology, pp. 121-141. Blackwell Publishing, Malden MA. (A broad overview piece – but attuned to some of the problematic areas.)

Voss, Barbara L. (2005). Sexual Subjects: Identity and Taxonomy in Archaeological Research. In (E.C. Casella and C. Fowler) The Archaeology of Plural and Changing Identities: Beyond Identification, pp. 55-77. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York. (This is a nice example of linking a complex theoretical literature to the extant archaeological consideration of sex/gender.)


Blogger HeadbobbingWriter said...

I hope to make it to the meeting today, but if is something I am thinking alot about recently. Memory vis-a-vis tradition. This is a problem for many of us working in the New World, as the typological use of the term tradition is becoming more and more problematic, yet seems to be linked to issues of memory. For example, a recent article in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal "Symbolic Conflict and the Spatiality of Traditions in Small Scale Societies" by Matthew A. Chamberlin. In this article, Chamberlin is arguing about knowledge flows - naming conventions, sacred knowledge, etc (which is all linked in with memory work). He critiques embodied understandings of tradition (ie. Pauketat, Connerton etc), and takes a position which prioritizes a reflexive, symbolic model, specifically focusing on contested social and symbolic relationships between groups. I think this represents a very different take on memory work, which is more political and active. While I don't quite buy the "either or" argument, Chamberlin offers some interesting ethnographic case studies of "tradition work" (which is similar in some ways to memory work). Anyways, an interesting read.

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