SAAME 2020

Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter

2nd July 2020

Archaeology in South America: dialogues across disciplines, territories, and imaginations

SAAME 2020 is an invitation to engage in a multi-lateral dialogue across disciplines and fields of expertise engaging with archaeology and its effects on communities and territories at various levels. The Meeting aims at exploring the intersections between the traditional concerns of archaeology with the flows of indigenous politics and world-making practices, which often lead to hybrid and reciprocal archival practices, involving a multiplicity of locations and material manifestations (e.g., archaeological ‘sites’, environmental records, museum collections, government offices, image repositories, community accounts, among others).

Promoting exchanges among perspectives and approaches within and outside archaeology, the meeting will examine the diverse range of long-term configurations of people-land-materials-other beings that characterise the region, looking into the conceptual and methodological toolkits that may best match such diversity and complexity. Of particular interest is how such configurations meet the new challenges imposed by the ever expanding, and evolving, contemporary conflicts over natural/cultural substances, materials and knowledges, which may be claimed as ‘resources’ by various agencies and bodies with intersecting and conflicting aims and agendas. At this crossroads, we look forward to crafting a collaborative working space stemming from the common interest in the region’s webs of people, places and things, the multiplicity of its pasts, and its possible futures.

The event is co-organised by the Center for the Archaeology of the Americas (CAA), the Exeter Center of Latin American Studies (EXCELAS), and the Instituto de Arqueología y Museo at the University of Tucumán (IAM-UNT)

The activities are supported by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS), and the College of Humanities (University of Exeter) through the PGR Activity Award.