Creating Material Worlds: Theorising Identity in Archaeology

Creating Material Worlds: Theorising Identity in Archaeology


‌‌This project, generously funded by the Chancellor's Fund of the University of Glasgow, challenges a diverse network of researchers to rethink one of the oldest assumptions in archaeology: that material culture can reveal the identity of past peoples. It is a fundamental issue repeatedly cited yet rarely explored in depth. By assembling specialists covering a wide array of time periods and geographical areas, we aim to establish a distinctly archaeological approach to identity by integrating novel approaches to objectification, materiality and personhood. Developed and led entirely by early career researchers affiliated with Archaeology at the University of Glasgow but representing five institutions in Europe and North America, the project will involve a dedicated website, a programme of seminars and a collaborative workshop culminating in a new edited volume on identity theory.

Research aims and objectives

This project aims to deconstruct the way archaeologists deal with identity, then reconstruct a new, distinctly archaeological approach by focusing on the creation, conception and consumption of material culture. Our objectives are threefold: first, to commission new research from emerging voices in the field; second, to promote discussion by way of open lectures backed with an accompanying website; and third, to consolidate and disseminate these advances through a peer-reviewed published volume.

The seminar series

In order to stimulate discussion and collaboration amongst the participating scholars as well as other research colleagues, we are presenting a series of six lectures during the autumn term 2012 on the theme of identity in archaeology, delivered by respected academics in the field. These weekly lectures will be open to all. With these lectures, we hope to expand and promote the discussion of identity theory in archaeology amongst students and interested parties. The programme and lecture abstracts will be made available on our project website.

Find out more

For updates on the seminar series, the forthcoming volume and to find more resources on identity theory, go to our project website at http://cmw-group.org/

The CMW Team:

Louisa Campbell, University of Glasgow

Adrián Maldonado, University of Glasgow

Elizabeth Pierce, University of Glasgow

Anthony Russell, University of Glasgow

 

CMW Contributors:

John L. Creese, University of Cambridge

Jeremy Hayne, University of Glasgow

Oliver Harris, University of Leicester

Beatriz Marín-Aguilera, Complutense University of Madrid

Erin McGuire, University of Victoria

Dene Wright, University of Glasgow