Julian Thomas – The Politics Archaeological Theory 2014 CE

Conferência com Julian Thomas

The Politics Archaeological Theory 2014 CE

One of the distinctive elements of the emergence of a so-called post-processual archaeology from the 1980s onwards was that it emphasised a reflexive approach to the discipline, and in particular a consideration of the political implications of interpreting the past in the present. In recent years, it has been suggested that a new revolution (or perhaps more realistically a gradual development) has taken place in archaeological thought. This has involved the adoption of a ‘flat ontology’, in which material things are considered alongside human beings, rather than being only of subsidiary interest, and a ‘speculative realism’, in which the epistemological issue of how humans can know the world is set aside in favour of addressing the actual nature of physical things. Part of the manifesto for this approach within the social sciences has been Bruno Latour’s call for a ‘democracy of things’, and yet for the most part, archaeologists have concentrated on the ethical rather than the political ramifications of these arguments. To some extent this reflects the way in which the discipline has edged away from political concerns over the past twenty years, as part of our supposedly post-political era. In this lecture, I will attempt to tease out some of the political implications of the current drift of archaeological theory.

20 de janeiro, 15 horas,

FBAUP, Anfiteatro do Pavilhão Sul (PS)

Organização – Núcleo de Educação Artística em parceria com a Sociedade Portuguesa de Antropologia e Etnologia