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Lecture | Faculty Lecture and BBQ

Faculty Lecture and BBQ

Thursday 16 May 2019
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

The Mirror in the Ground: archaeology, photography and the making of an African disciplinary archive

The Mirror in the Ground is a curated book of twelve short visual essays, drawing on photographs from the collection of John Goodwin, the South African archaeologist. Goodwin was a formative figure in the founding of South African (and African) archaeology. The collection relating to his life and work consists of manuscripts and typescripts, field notebooks, a voluminous correspondence, and so on. It also consists of thousands of photographic prints, negatives and glass plates.

The photographs speak of a number of significant themes in the founding and "disciplining" of archaeology as a knowledge project in the first half of the twentieth century. These include the role of fieldwork and the emergence of a conception of the archaeological field, the role of so-called "native" labour in archaeology, the emergence of an enthusiastic amateur constituency, the evolution of fieldwork techniques, and so on. In examining the conjunction between archaeology and photography, I am particularly interested in the role of the visual imagination in the making of the discipline. More generally, I am interested in exploring what it means to approach intellectual history through the photographic image.

Faculty BBQ and Terra party

After the lecture, the annual Faculty BBQ will be held. You may register now. Registration will close on May 9th.

After the BBQ, study association L.A.S. Terra organises a party. More information about this soon too.

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