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April 13, 2015



Emilie Dotte-Sarout ( Australian National University

I am a part of the Australian Research Council Laureate Project “The Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific – a Hidden History”, through which I am investigating the development of Francophone literature and traditions in Pacific scholarship.This project seeks to better understand the distinct historiography and epistemology of the Francophone tradition of archaeology in the Pacific. It also aims at investigating the relations between the over-represented Anglophone research and the more discrete Francophone one, from co-ignorance to co-influences and the creation of particular partnerships between researchers; to examine their role in the development of current narratives, practices and concepts in Pacific Archaeology.

I also bear a personal interest on the history of environmental archaeology, especially in the tropics and the Pacific

Alexander Geurds ( Leiden University

I am currently working on the pre-Hispanic archaeology of Central America, specifically by directing an archaeological field project in central Nicaragua. In part due to the relatively early archaeological activities in Central American republics, I have maintained an interest in the history of European and North American early scholars travelling this region between the 1850s and 1930s. Amassing substantial or smaller ethnological museum collections in Europe and the US, these scholars have a significant imprint on later scholarship and the representation of Central American prehistory in the Western world.

Lucila Mallart ( University of Nottingham

My thesis explores the making of a cultural and political imagination of Catalonia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in order to re-think the nature of nationalism in modern Europe. Although in some respects the Catalan story follows some well-known patterns of national identity construction, it is distinctive in others. Its spatial dynamics were rather particular, because they traverse traditional divides between regionalism and nationalism. The three main sections of the thesis are devoted to three spatial tiers of identity construction – the city, the state, and Europe – and draw on the projects of Josep Puig i Cadafalch (1867-1956), famous Catalan politician, man of letters, architect, art historian, and president of the proto-autonomous Catalan government between 1917 and 1923. Puig’s personal archive, made available to researchers for the first time in 2006, allows me to cast fresh light on the interplay between culture and politics in this seminal historical moment.



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