Session: #548

Theme & Session Format

4. Globalisation and archaeology
Session format:
Discussion session (with formal abstracts)

Title & Content

Tracing the Past, Charting the Future: Exploring Archaeological Research Collaboration between the Americas and Europe
International collaboration between European and American teams for archaeological research has a long history of both practical and theoretical interactions. In addition to scientific achievements resulting from dialogues between schools of thought and exchanges of technical knowledge, this collaboration has also contributed to the creation of international institutions dedicated to Americanist research, such as museums, conferences, research centers, and university programs. Through a historiographic perspective, we would like to reflect on the future of such practices of international collaborations in the current global world where ubiquitous interconnections coexist with national borders, geopolitical interests, and the ongoing decolonial process.
This session welcomes testimonies and insights on diverse experiences of international collaboration for Americanist archaeological research based on the life stories of institutions, projects, and/or individuals. Contributions might refer to equity-related issues along the decolonial axis: what is happening on that end? In how far are there trends in Europe? What patterns do we see in local, regional, and national contexts in the Americas that shape such practices?
Our goal is to understand which purposes drove past international collaborations and which ones should motivate us to conduct new projects in the complex local/global frameworks of our time.

Organising team contains also Mariusz Ziółkowski (University of Warsaw) and John Carman (University of Birmingham)
International research practices, Archaeological theories, Americanist archaeology, Decolonialism, Scientific collaboration
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This session is organized by the EAA Community for the Archaeology of the Americas – EAA4Am


Main organiser:
Thibault Saintenoy (France) 1
Marisa Lazzari (United Kingdom) 2
Marcia Hattori (Spain) 3
Rui Gomes Coelho (United Kingdom) 4
Alexander Geurds (Netherlands) 5
1. Université des Antilles
2. University of Exeter
3. Incipit-CSiC
4. Durham university
5. Leiden University