THINKING THROUGH THE BODY

The First Lampeter Workshop in Archaeology 20-22 June 1998


Place:
Department of Archaeology, University of Wales, Lampeter, Wales U.K.

Time:
20-22 June 1998

Deadline for Title and Abstract:
October 15 1996

Conference Theme:
Disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and human geography have experienced an explosion of interest in the human body in recent years, as a result of the increasing erosion of binarisms such as the mind/body dichotomy. Many archaeologists who attempt to focus on the body are still trapped in the logocentric discourses which dominate the discipline, resulting in bodies without materiality, in disembodied narratives, or/and tend to reproduce the prevailing western views on the body and embodiment. At the very best, Foucaultian notions of the body as passive object of power characterise many writings.

This informal workshop aims to bring together archaeologists and colleagues from other disciplines who share an interest on the archaeology of the body, with the aim of exploring the possibilities and the potentials of an archaeology with real bodies, with human organisms who 'think through their bodies', via senses, emotions and bodily actions. It aims to debate the links between bodily practices and enabling and constraining power, and the construction and deconstruction of identity roles. Moreover, it aims to broaden the scope of an archaeology of the body which usually focuses on limited aspects of archaeological work such as iconographic studies and physical anthropological analysis.

It is expected that a book will result from the workshop. Further details of the conference and abstracts are available via: http://archaeology.lamp.ac.uk/Arch/thinkbody.html Proposals for papers should be submitted to the organisers as soon as possible and at any event by the end of February when the programme will be finalised.

Contact:

Dr. Yannis Hamilakis (y.hamilakis@lamp.ac.uk)
Dr. Sarah Tarlow (s.tarlow@lamp.ac.uk)
Department of Archaeology,
University of Wales, Lampeter,
Ceredigion SA48 7ED
Wales, U.K.

Mark Pluciennik
Department of Archaeology,
University of Wales, Lampeter,
Ceredigion SA48 7ED
Wakles, UK

Tel: 01570 424732
Fax: 01570 423669
Email: m.pluciennik@lamp.ac.uk

Abstract submitted by DOFSBT
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