International Workshop on Unsettling Archaeology

The genesis of archaeology is to understand who we are and our transformation process. While project-oriented research has sought to answer archaeological and/or community-led research questions, they have often overlooked the aspirations of the indigenous community. This seminar asks the question: what if our core aim was to learn from, and work for, local communities? Certainly, there are discrepancies between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews, however, knitting archaeology into a public field of problem-solving can tap the strengths of both worldviews and further develop the field in innovative ways.

The seminar aims to “unsettle” established archaeological practice; and pave a path forward for integrated and engaged community archaeologies as a distinctive medium to safeguard material culture and heritage; strengthen the sense of community and social cohesion; promote community wellbeing; decipher conceptual and practical issues faced by the Indigenous Peoples; and initiate knowledge translation. In contemporary times, archaeology need not only be relevant to, and guided by, the communities with whom we work, but to be needed by these communities.

Registration: https://events.iitgn.ac.in/2022/iwua/

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