Foundations of an Anarchist Archaeology: A Community Manifesto
The Black Trowel Collective, consisting of members from this group, have published their manifesto exploring the intersections between anarchism and archaeology. You can read the manifesto online at the Savage Minds blog.
CFP: Anarchies in Contemporary Archaeology
One of (A)narchaeology’s primary goals, as developed at the Wenner-Gren workshop, was the creation of multiple publishing projects exploring the intersection of anarchism and archaeology. Two the participants have successfully organized a forum on this topic with the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. Please consider submitting an abstract/proposal.
A forum proposal for Journal of Contemporary Archaeology
Anarchy can refer to modes of thought that seek to understand the various ways that human beings organise themselves into non-hierarchical forms of order (and sometimes chaos) in contexts across past, present, and future. It is also about a form of practice that seeks to “build a new society in the shell of the old” by working in myriad ways to undermine current patterns of political and economic domination by imagining better worlds for the future.
In the 21st century, anarchist thought is seeing something of a resurgence, both in popular culture, and in academic spheres, particularly in geography, anthropology, and archaeology. Anarchist archaeology can be defined by interests in the study of non-hierarchical societies in the past, legacies of resistance to state power, and work that reconfigures the ways that research is done in the present into a more egalitarian mode. Of course, just as there are many kinds of anarchisms (anarcho-communism, anarcho-primitivism, anarcho-syndicalism, and so on), there is no one unified ‘anarchist archaeology’.
We are soliciting responses to the theme of anarchist thoughts in contemporary archaeology for a “forum” in the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. A forum usually consists of a series of papers responding to a particular theme, of 2000-3000 words each. These should also relate to JCA’s aim, “to explore archaeology’s specific contribution to understanding the present and recent past. It is concerned both with archaeologies of the contemporary world, defined temporally as belonging to the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, as well as with reflections on the socio-political implications of doing archaeology in the contemporary world.”
We invite contributions from scholars and practitioners who relate in one way or another to the concepts and ideals of anarchism, broadly defined. Papers can be broken up with artistic, poetic, or revolutionary interventions. We also welcome attempts to explore concepts of authority, authorship, and ownership from alternative perspectives.
Write an essay. Compose an epic poem. Contribute song lyrics. Offer a painting or photograph. Do something big, or do something small. Do something different. Write a classic. Do what feels right. Do it for archaeology’s potential to help us build a better world. Make it grand. Make it humble. Make it brilliant.
Proposals and expressions of interest should be sent to the following agitators/organisers by 31 October, 2016:
James Flexner – jamesflexner [at] gmail (dot) com
Edward Gonzalez-Tennant ed.gonzaleztennant [at] gmail (dot) com
For more information about JCA and the Forum format, see: