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The UCL Institute of Archaeology is delighted to host the 41st annual Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference in December 2019. Founded in 1937, the Institute is one of the largest centres for world archaeology, archaeological sciences and heritage & museum studies in the UK, situated in the heart of the capital.

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
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Wednesday, December 18 • 9:30am - 1:00pm
TAG24 | FFS!!! - Keep Calm and Carry On??? Regaining Emotion in Archaeological Discourse

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This session's genesis was a RESPECT forum conversation on the silencing of “emotional” women during debates, as often emotional reactions are perceived as irrational rather than calm and rational. Where there is power imbalance, the voices of marginalised groups can be dismissed for displaying emotional responses, but these responses are incredibly powerful, challenging to witness and can prompt real change. The Equality Act (2010) defines a series of Protected Characteristics - age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion/belief, sex and sexual orientation, which it is illegal to discriminate against yet all of these characteristics to a greater or lesser extent remain marginalised within academic debate and within the archaeological/heritage professions. This matters when examining power, knowledge and the past. Individual emotive responses are all different in the same scenario - a product of upbringing, societal pressures, gender etc. How can we reframe emotion within our own experience in order to reach a level of understanding if not empathy? How can we empower more open, frank and emotional discussions which allow more voices to be heard? How are we constrained by current accepted practice of debate? We invite papers on complex and emotive issues and emphasise that this is a space where emotive responses are welcome and part of the discussion. This session is an open forum for examining responses to issues that need emotion, human behaviour and human instinct to examine them critically and effectively..

Organisers: Cat Rees; RESPECT • Penelope Foreman; Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust • Penelope Foreman; Enabled Archaeology • Kayt Hawkins; Archaeology South-East and UCL • Aisling Nash; Independent Researcher

9:30 | Kayt Hawkins, Archaeology South-East and UCL | Emotion in Archaeology

9:40 | Cat Rees, RESPECT | Passing the baton: enabled archaeology as the norm, not the exception

10:05 | Guillermo Diaz de Liano del Valle, University of Edinburgh; Jorge Canosa Betés, Institute of Heritage Sciences, Spanish National Research Council | Disciplining the self: emotions as gatekeeping mechanisms in Archaeology

10:30 | Anouk E. Everts MPhil, University of Cologne | Lifting Isis’ Skirt: Terracotta Figurines in their Sexual Context

10:55 | - | BREAK

11:25 | D. Kalani Heinz, University of California, Los Angeles | We are Mauna Kea: Emotionally-driven archaeology as a tool for decolonization

11:50 | Session organisers |

12:00 | Session organisers |

13:00 | - | END


Kayt Hawkins

Archaeology South-East and UCL

Cat Rees


Guillermo Diaz de Liano del Valle

University of Edinburgh

Jorge Canosa Betés

Institute of Heritage Sciences, Spanish National Research Council

D. Kalani Heinz

University of California, Los Angeles

Penelope Foreman

Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust

Aisling Nash

Independent Researcher

Anouk E. Everts MPhil

University of Cologne

Wednesday December 18, 2019 9:30am - 1:00pm GMT
Room 731/6 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL