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Reunión de Teoría Arqueológica en América del Sur

The Reunión de Teoría Arqueológica en América del Sur (TAAS, meeting of Theoretical Archaeology in South America) began in 1998 as a result of the interest shown by a group of South American archaeologists to present and debate about archaeological theories and their applications and implications in the political, social and cultural contexts of the countries of this region. The first meeting, held in Brazil, was a small gathering of researchers. From then on the meetings have grown in acceptancy and followers. After Brazil other meetings followed, such as Olavarría-Argentina (2000), Bogotá-Colombia (2002), Catamarca-Argentina (2007), Caracas-Venezuela (2010), Goiânia-Brasil (2012), San Felipe-Chile (2014), La Paz-Bolivia (2016), and the next one to be held in Ecuador in 2018.

Paisajes en Conflicto: Procesos, Sociedades, Personas

In this iconic conference, Eduardo Herrera Malatesta, PhD in the NEXUS 1492 archaeology team organized a session with Dr. Jorge Ulloa (NEXUS 1492) from the the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic, and Dr. Dante Angelo professor at the Universidad de Tarapacá in Chile. The session entitled Paisajes en conflicto: Procesos, sociedades, personas (Contested Landscapes: Processes, Peoples, Persons) focused on the debate on contested landscapes and also the alternative landscapes that are generated from conflict situations during historical processes. The session and the papers focused on case studies based on the perspectives of minority groups considered sometimes as peripherals and / or from their “granted invisibilities”.

The session was very well received by the public and counted with the participation of Dr. Eduardo G. Neves both as a presenter and as a moderator of the 12 papers presented from colleagues from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Chile.

An interesting result of this conference was the appointment of Eduardo to create and administrate a mailing list and a Facebook page for the TAAS group, which can be check out here.

As a follow up on this topic, some of the papers of the session will be publish as a special edition in the Chungara Journal at the beginning of next year.

Trip to Tiahuanaco with conference participants
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