Post Liberal Public Archaeology at the EAA 2017
The last year has seen two extraordinary political events: the UK voting to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as next President of the USA. These are not isolated events and took place before a backdrop of a seeming wider rise of the right across Europe, from rightward shifts of previously left and centrist parties to unabashed Nazis. Accompanying this has been a lot of liberal commentary on the idea that something has gone badly wrong, something we don’t like has happened and something must be done. Archaeology and archaeologists, working between people and the material world, have a role to play in understanding and interpreting these changing times and communicating that understanding to other people in ways that help them engage as they see fit.
But there are plenty of people who are not surprised by what has happened; people who locate the origins of…
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