Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Archaeology Division
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students
Primary Theme: Materiality
Secondary Theme: Science
For 32 years, the Ceramic Ecology session at the American Anthropological Association has provided an open and supportive venue for the presentation of research and insight on all aspects of ceramic production, consumption, trade and their economic, political, social, aesthetic, cosmological, and phenomenological implications. Change in the Anthropological Imagination: Resistance, Resilience and Adaptation is this year’s AAA theme, giving us a unique opportunity to push the boundaries of our research and to ask new questions. How processes of resistance, resilience, and adaptation shape or have shaped pottery making? How have societies dealt with dramatic social and climate changes? What can be learned by examining these forces influencing pottery technologies? How can our studies undertake new forms of local and global cooperation and to imagine for our shared futures? In this session, participants will approach these questions and will present new data, techniques for extracting data from ceramics, methodological applications, and/or theoretical approaches on the analysis of ceramics from any cultural and temporal context in the world. Once more, Ceramic Ecology will foster interdisciplinary interactions and will explore new dimensions about the human experience through the creative and systematic study of ceramics.