Critical Perspectives on the Practice of Digital Archaeology, February 3 & 4, 2017
Keynote - Ben Marwick:
The creation, management, sharing, and preservation of digital data and media have gained great prominence in archaeological research, grant making, policy making, and software and systems development. Digital data has much promise. It can help us engage with wider communities, explore new research questions, and create and preserve a vastly enriched body of archaeological documentation. Digital data also has a certain glamor, gained in large part through its associations with the burgeoning tech industry. However, does our celebration of speed, efficiency, precision and innovation sometimes make technology a superficial distraction rather than a substantive means toward learning? How do we encourage more meaningful intellectual engagement with new media as they transform archaeology? This conference represents an opportunity to take stock and more thoughtfully consider how our embracement of digital technologies is transforming archaeological practice.
Breaking Iconoclasm: Destroying and Rebuilding Past and Present Heritage; December 2, 2015
Breaking Iconoclasm (Standing Committee on Archaeology Special Roundtable - December 2, 2015)
A roundtable discussion exploring interdisciplinary approaches to iconoclasm. Taking the recent events in Syria and Iraq as a starting point, a roundtable of specialists from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds (including archaeology, museum studies, digital humanities, history, and journalism) discussed the various origins and expressions of iconoclasm from multiple perspectives and within varying historical contexts. Speakers included Bastien Varoutsikos, Clare Gillis, Peter Der Manuelian, Jason Felch, Eliza Gettel, LeeAnn Barnes Gordon, Joseph Greene, Matt Liebmann, and James Simpson.