Oral Presentation Session - Invited Status Awarded
Invited by: Archaeology Division
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students, Those Involved in Mentoring Activities
Primary Theme: The Political
Secondary Theme: Resilience
Hindsight politics is proposed as a broad anthropological framework for studying the political past with an eye turned to the present and beyond. This comparative anthropological session includes contributions from the fields of archaeology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. The authors of this session, working in all areas of the Americas and in West Africa, use relevant aspects of their research to address questions related to four broad sociopolitical issues:
1- The interplay between political communication and cultural discourses;
2- Oppressive political practices such as colonialism and authoritarianism;
3- The "illusion of sedentism" and its derived issues with maps, borders, and ecological sustainability;
4- The clash between economic systems and political structures.
These distinct questions are united by a common desired outcome: to learn from the political past to better understand the political present and, perhaps, contribute to the political future. In addition, this session's broad themes aim to engage a productive discourse between scholars of the (relatively) ancient political world and advocates of heritage groups faced with geopolitical issues rooted in history.