Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG-US) 2010 (TAG-US 2010)

Venue: Providence

Location: Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Event Date/Time: Apr 30, 2010 End Date/Time: May 02, 2010
Registration Date: Apr 23, 2010
Early Registration Date: Feb 15, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Feb 15, 2010
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This conference, the third TAG meeting to be held in North America, is intended to bring together a diverse range of scholars and scholarly perspectives and to engender both friendly conversation and vigorous debate. In this, it stands in the long tradition of the TAG enterprise, founded in Great Britain in 1979 to encourage the exploration of inter-disciplinary theoretical issues and their application and use in archaeological interpretation.

The 2010 TAG will operate around the general theme of ‘The Location of Theory’ — an intentionally open ended rubric that could be developed along many different lines. A few examples include:

• Debate over the universal applicability of archaeological theory, from the ‘universal’ to the ‘relative’, given emergent local reaction and critique from scholars from so-called ‘peripheral’ places (the theme of our plenary session)

• Consideration of disciplinary distinctions (anthropological, classical, historic, prehistoric), both in terms of their traditional spatial focus and their embrace of divergent theoretical perspectives

• Exploration of the frequent separation of academic and non-academic practitioners of archaeology in which the former are assumed to be ‘theorized’, and the latter not

• Interrogation of the global practice of heritage studies, questioning if similar assumptions and tactics work well ‘everywhere’ (and if so, why then is there so little ‘intangible heritage’ in the global north?).

• Analysis of the very concept of a North American TAG, and what, if any, consequences such a change of location has had or should have.

It can also be noted that this topic is one of close concern to Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, which itself is somewhat ‘out of place’ in terms of the usual disciplinary divisions and organizational structures of archaeology in North America.

Please see the website for details on the Call for Sessions (Due December 1, 2009) and Call for Papers (Due February 15, 2010).


Brown University
Rhode Island
United States

Additional Information

The plenary session will be held on Friday, April 30th. Three discussants have been asked to produce a 1000-2000 word statement in response to the theme of the "Location of Theory". Professor Homi Bhabha will present a response to the three statements, followed by a panel discussion among all speakers of the plenary, to be moderated by Professor Nick Shepherd.

Moderator and Chair of the Panel: Nick Shepherd, Associate Professor in the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.


Alejandro F. Haber, Titular Professor at the School of Archaeology, National University at Catamarca, and Independent Researcher of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research, San Fernando del Valle, Catamarca, Argentina.

Yannis Hamilakis, Reader in Archaeology at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

Uzma Z. Rizvi, Assistant Professor in Anthropology & Urban Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, United States.


Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard University, Cambridge MA, United States.