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CRASSH FIELD NOTES SEMINAR

February 24, 2014

We welcome you to the final FIELD NOTES seminar of Lent term at CRASSH
(Room SG1) on MONDAY, 3 MARCH, 5PM:

DISCIPLINARY FORMATION, IMPERIALIST GENDER, NATIONALIST CLASS: EGYPTIAN
ARCHAEOLOGY UNDER BRITISH MILITARY OCCUPATION (1882-1956)

PROF STEPHEN QUIRKE (ULC)

Discussant: MIMI WINICK (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

ABSTRACT
In his 1996 History of Archaeological Thought, Bruce Trigger described
archaeology across Africa as neo-colonial. Two decades later, in the
political economy of knowledge, de-colonisation remains one paradigm
shift that never materialised – nowhere more visibly than in the study
of other places/times. With a smaller scale of population, narrowly
bounded disciplines offer opportunities to analyse this continuity, and
to identify the trump cards of domination. In Egyptology established
practitioners such as the philologist Georges Posener have voiced
concern over self-isolation; in its current practice, the sub-discipline
seems torn between the First World technocracy of archaeological
fieldwork, and an anti-theoretical positivism in research into ancient
written sources. From the history of nineteenth and twentieth century
archaeology, two particular liberation motifs or genres might be
re-interpreted as implicit strategies of domination: praise of women
archaeologists, in a first wave feminist style; and praise of Egyptian
Egyptologists, in nationalist historiography. Is it possible to develop
a self-critique in either area, against normative self-images of
heroism? Is a war of position possible against the hegemonic structures
of both science and its civil society?

Open to all. No registration required.

For more information please visit:
http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/25387 — or our blog at:
http://crasshfieldnotes.wordpress.com

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