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ONLINE VIA ZOOM: The Force Fields of Things: An Archaeological Focus on Sequences of Things

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Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture Series: Lecture by Ian Hodder, University of Cambridge and Stanford University

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When Sep 07, 2020
from 18:00 to 20:00
Where Online via Zoom
Contact Name Jan Hörber
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Many new materialist approaches are concerned with the entangled lines and flows that link humans and things or assemblages of things. In this talk I am more interested in the force of flows. I begin with the archaeological focus on sequences of things, and with the question of when a thing begins and ends. Taking ideas from Whitehead and an electromagnetic model, the emphasis is placed on mixed forces of biotic and abiotic matter, and on how the friction between forces both produces energy and change but also conflict and constraint. Taking examples from a variety of sources including the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in central Turkey, humans and things are seen as produced within force fields while at the same time productive of them.

Ian Hodder was trained at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and at Cambridge University where he obtained his PhD in 1975. After a brief period teaching at Leeds, he returned to Cambridge where he taught until 1999. During that time he became Professor of Archaeology and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. In 1999 he moved to teach at Stanford University as Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Stanford Archaeology Center.

His main large-scale excavation projects have been at Haddenham in the east of England and at Çatalhöyük in Turkey where he worked from 1993 to 2018. He has been awarded the Oscar Montelius Medal by the Swedish Society of Antiquaries, the Huxley Memorial Medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Fyssen International Prize, the Gold Medal by the Archaeological Institute of America, and has Honorary Doctorates from Bristol and Leiden Universities. In 2019 he was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the Queen’s Honor List.

His main books include Spatial Analysis in Archaeology (1976 CUP), Symbols in Action (1982 CUP), Reading the Past (1986 CUP), The Domestication of Europe (1990 Blackwell), The Archaeological Process (1999 Blackwell), The Leopard’s Tale: Revealing the Mysteries of Çatalhöyük (2006 Thames and Hudson), Entangled: An Aarchaeology of the Relationships Between Humans and Things (2012 Wiley Blackwell).

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