CHAT “Decolonize!” 10-12 November 2022
For this year’s CHAT, we invite participants to consider the theme “Decolonize!”. The development of archaeology as a discipline has been connected to the emergence of modernity, with its projects of empire and nation-state formation. In recent decades, post-colonial critiques have challenged the role of archaeology in the reproduction of power structures which sustains inequality across class, ethnic, and racial lines. Meanwhile archaeologists have come up with new archaeological practices that engage with communities’ concerns and address social problems.
We ask participants to take a step up and address the following question:
What can we do to decolonize historical and contemporary archaeology and with whom should we do it?