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Lecture

Confronting the Limits of Material Properties: From Kitty Litter to Granite in the Archaeology of Nuclear Waste

  • Prof.dr. Rosemary A. Joyce (University of California, Berkeley)
Date
17 February 2017
Time
Address
Van Steenis Building
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room
F1.02

As concerns with materiality give way to consideration of "vibrant matter", archaeological engagements with matter should make archaeologists key voices in the development of "new materialisms". Yet this has yet to be evident. This presentation builds on the specificities of archaeologically informed attention to matter in action in the case of handling of nuclear waste, to explore how we might shift our ways of writing to invite more engagement with scholars outside the discipline and with non-academics, while demonstrating the kinds of insights on vibrant matter possible through archaeological practice.