Community for the Archaeology of THE Americas

About the Community

Established: 2021
Renewed:
Contact:
Marcia Hattori (marcia.hattori@incipit.csic.es), Chair
Thibault Saintenoy (tsaintenoy@gmail.com), Co-Chair

Established in 2021, The EAA Community for the Archaeology of the Americas is aimed at networking between Americanist actors in Europe, to foster and facilitate collaborative archaeological and heritage research in the Americas.

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Community for the Archaeology of Americas

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Aims

  1. To bring visibility to ongoing Americanist research in Europe
  2. To promote collaborative networks among its actors for academic training, for cooperation in scientific research, and for the formulation of new projects based on interdisciplinary and multi-sited approaches
  3. To contribute to open science through the sharing of data, tools, and methodologies
  4. To contribute to the dissemination of information about ongoing scientific projects and upcoming events
  5. To support and advise students based in the Americas for studying in Europe, as well as students based in Europe for participating in and/or developing research projects in the Americas
  6. To encourage critical discussion on the social, cultural, and political matters related to archaeological practice as well as to the production of archaeological knowledge and heritage (e.g., decolonial process, social justice, epistemological insights)

Topics

At the beginning of 2020, before creating the community, a survey was disseminated to figure out if such a community would make sense to other people. This figure shows the topics of interest expressed by some 150 persons who answered the survey.

Actors

  • Researcher, teachers, practitioners, students, and everyone interested in Americanist research in archaeology and heritage can register to the EAA and become a member of the community.
  • The community is administrated by a board which members are responsible for EEA4Am activities planning. These members are (re-)elected annually.
  • 2021 Community co-chair: Marcia Hattori (Incipit-CSiC, marcia.hattori@incipit.csic.es) and Thibault Saintenoy (Université des Antilles, thibault.saintenoy@univ-antilles.fr)
  • 2021 Community Board: Alexander Geurds (University of Oxford, alexander.geurds@arch.ox.ac.uk), John Carman (Birmingham University, j.carman@bham.ac.uk), Marisa Lazzari (University of Exeter, M.Lazzari@exeter.ac.uk), Rui Gomes Coelho (Durham University, rui.g.coelho@durham.ac.uk), and Mariusz Ziolkowski (University of Warsaw, mziolkowski@uw.edu.pl).

The resource library section (for members) contains several documents including the reports of the process of community co-construction.

Actions

  • Community board meetings are organized on a quarterly basis, to exchange information and assess the development of new projects and activities.
  • EAA4Am organizes a public community meeting, as well as a session, both at EAA Annual Meetings.

EAA4Am Map of Actors

Clicking on the following map allows you to explore the current Americanist research ecosystem in Europe.

Announcements

  • Tracing the Past, Charting the Future: Exploring Archaeological Research Collaboration between the Americas and Europe International collaboration between European and American teams for archaeological research has a long history of both practical and theoretical interactions. In addition to scientific achievements resulting from dialogues between schools of thought and exchanges of technical knowledge, this collaboration has also contributed to the creation of international institutions dedicated to Americanist research, such as museums, conferences, research centers, and university programs. Through a historiographic perspective, we would like to reflect on the future of such practices of international collaborations in the current global world where ubiquitous interconnections coexist with national borders, geopolitical interests, and the ongoing decolonial process. This session welcomes testimonies and insights on diverse experiences of international collaboration for Americanist archaeological research based on the life stories of institutions, projects, and/or individuals. Contributions might refer to equity-related issues along the decolonial axis: what is happening on that end? In how far are there trends in Europe? What patterns do we see in local, regional, and national contexts in the Americas that shape such practices? Our goal is to understand which purposes drove past international collaborations and which ones should motivate us to conduct new projects in the complex local/global frameworks of our time. Keywords: International research practices, Archaeological theories, Americanist archaeology, Decolonialism, Scientific collaboration Organisers: Thibault Saintenoy (Université des Antilles, France) Marisa Lazzari (University of Exeter, United Kingdom) Marcia Hattori (Incipit-CSiC, Spain) Rui Gomes Coelho (Durham university, UK) Alexander Geurds (Leiden University, Netherlands) Mariusz Ziółkowski (University of Warsaw, Poland) John Carman (University of Birmingham, UK)