Welcome to the RadioCIAMS podcast archive. Our mission is to probe the critical debates in archaeology in conversation between leading practitioners and the next generation of researchers. RadioCIAMS features conversations with visiting speakers, as well as the occasional special series, including "SAPIENS Talk Back: Changing Archaeology's Stories and Who Tells Them" and "CIVIC: Unsettled Monuments, Unsettling Heritage."
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RadioCIAMS with Lynn Meskell
On April 21, 2022, archaeologist Lynn Meskell (University of Pennsylvania; A.D. White Professor-At-Large, Cornell University) met with a panel of CIAMS students (Ece Erlat, Jaimie Luria, and Emily Sharp) and faculty host and CIAMS director Adam Smith to discuss the UNESCO, heritage politics, and the role of archaeology in the construction of heritage. The conversation centered on two works by Professor Meskell: a selection from her 2018 monograph “A future in ruins: UNESCO, world heritage, and the dream of peace,” from Oxford University Press, and a 2021 article coauthored with Christina Luke in the journal “Contemporary Levant” titled “Developing Petra: UNESCO, the World Bank, and America in the desert.”
Photo credit: Eric Sucar.
RadioCIAMS with Pamela Geller
On March 25, 2022, bioarchaeologist Pamela Geller (University of Miami) met with a panel of CIAMS students (Amanda Domingues, Sophia Taborski, Grace Hermes, Anna Whittemore, and Emily Sharp) and faculty host Matthew Velasco to discuss the politics of human remains, the objectification of bodies in anatomical collections, and the importance of studying the historical contexts that shaped these collections. The conversation centered on two works by Dr. Geller: a 2020 article in the journal "Historical Archaeology” titled “Building Nation, Becoming Object: The Biopolitics of the Samuel G. Morton Crania Collection,” and a chapter from her 2021 book “Theorizing Bioarchaeology,” titled, “What is Necropolitics?” published by Springer Press. This RadioCIAMS podcast was recorded in-person.
Please note that this episode contains some references to genocide and the Holocaust.
RadioCIAMS with Sara Gonzalez
On November 12th, 2021, archaeologist Sara Gonzalez (University of Washington) met with a panel of CIAMS students (Rafael Cruz Gil, Ece Erlat, and Veronica Kilanowski-Doroh) and faculty (Maia Dedrick, John Henderson) to discuss community archaeology, capacity building in Indigenous archaeology, and how these inform the running of archaeological field schools. The conversation centered on two works coauthored by Dr. Gonzalez: a 2020 article coauthored with Briece Edwards in the "Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage," titled, “The Intersection of Indigenous thought and archaeological practice: The field methods in Indigenous archaeology field school,” and a 2021 chapter coauthored with Ian Kretzler titled, “Unsettling the archaeology of reservations: A view from Grand Ronde, Oregon,” in "The Routledge Handbook of the Archaeology of Indigenous-Colonial Interactions in the Americas," a volume that Dr. Gonzalez also co-edited with Lee M. Panich. This podcast was hosted over Zoom.
RadioCIAMS with Carlina de la Cova
On October 8th, 2021, bioarchaeologist Carlina de la Cova (University of South Carolina at Columbia) met with a panel of CIAMS students (Carol Anne Barsody, Claire Challancin, Ayesha Matthan, Emily Sharp, Alex Symons, and Anna Whittemore) and faculty member Matthew Velasco to discuss the history of anatomical collections in the United States and how to ethically engage with the marginalized individuals who make up these collections. The conversation centered on two recent book chapters by Dr. de la Cova: a 2019 chapter in "Bioarchaeology of Marginalized People," titled, “Marginalized bodies and the construction of the Robert J. Terry anatomical skeletal collection: A promised land lost;” and a 2020 chapter in "Theoretical Perspectives in Bioarchaeology," titled, “Making silenced voices speak: Restoring neglected and ignored identities in anatomical collections.” This podcast was hosted over Zoom with all parties participating remotely.
RadioCIAMS with Stephen Acabado
On February 19, 2021, archaeologist Stephen Acabado (UCLA) met with a panel of CIAMS students (Canan Cem, Rebecca Gerdes, Jane Millar, Alice Wolff) and faculty (Maia Dedrick) to discuss three of his recent publications. The first was a 2017 article in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology, titled “The Archaeology of Pericolonialism: Responses of the "Unconquered" to Spanish Conquest and Colonialism in Ifugao, Philippines.” The second was, “Zones of refuge: Resisting conquest in the northern Philippine highlands through environmental practice” published in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology in 2018. The third was a 2019 article in the Journal of Field Archaeology, “The Short History of the Ifugao Rice Terraces: A Local Response to the Spanish Conquest”. This podcast was hosted over Zoom, everyone participated remotely.
RadioCIAMS with Uzma Rizvi
On November 20th, 2020, archaeologist Uzma Rizvi (Pratt Institute) met with a panel of CIAMS students (Rafeal Cruz Gil, Rebecca Gerdes, Jaimie Luria, Ayesha Matthan) and faculty (Maia Dedrick, Adam Smith) to discuss decolonizing archaeology, equitable practices, epistemic critique, and the speculative. The conversation centered on two of Dr. Rizvi’s recent publications. The first was a 2015 piece in E-Flux, titled “Theorizing Deposition: Transitional Stratigraphy, Disruptive Layers and the Future,” and the second was a 2019 article in the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, “Archaeological Encounters: The Role of the Speculative in Decolonial Archaeology.” This podcast was hosted over Zoom, everyone participated remotely.
RadioCIAMS with Rachel Watkins
On October 30, 2020, biocultural anthropologist Rachel Watkins (American University) met with a panel of CIAMS students (Amanda Domingues, Anna Whittemore) and faculty (Maia Dedrick, Matthew Velasco) to discuss her recent article in Historical Archaeology, “An Alter(ed)native Perspective on Historical Bioarchaeology” and an upcoming publication in Washington History, “Science and Freedom.” This podcast was hosted over Zoom, everyone participated remotely.
RadioCIAMS with Peggy Brunache
On October 2, 2020, archaeologist Peggy Brunache (University of Glasgow) met with a panel of CIAMS students (Dusti Bridges, Ethan Dickerman, Rebecca Gerdes, Alex Symons, Alice Wolff) and faculty (Maia Dedrick) to discuss two articles from the Fall 2019 special issue of Transforming Anthropology, a publication of the Association of Black Anthropologists. The special issue was entitled, The Marathon Continues: New Directions in African Diaspora Archaeology and was guest edited by Nedra K. Lee and Jannie Nicole Scott. The two articles discussed in this podcast episode include the introduction to the special issue, written by the editors, and Dr. Brunache’s article, “Mainstreaming African Diasporic Foodways When Academia is not Enough.” This podcast was hosted over Zoom, everyone participated remotely.
RadioCIAMS with Chip Colwell
On February 28, 2020, Dr. Chip Colwell of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science met with a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss his most recent book, Objects of Survivance: A Material History of the American Indian School Experience, co-authored with Lindsay M. Montgomery.
RadioCIAMS with Carl Knappett
On October 9, 2019, Dr. Carl Knappett of the University of Toronto met with a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss the first two chapters of his forthcoming book, "Aegean Bronze Age Art: Meaning in the Making". Their discussion touched upon themes of artifact form, typologies, models and miniatures, and the media ecology of art in the Aegean bronze Age. Grad student discussants were Sophia Taborski and Rebecca Gerdes, Department of Classics. The faculty host was Dr. Verity Platt, History of Art.
RadioCIAMS with Claudia Brittenham
On Sept. 20, 2019, Dr. Claudia Brittenham, University of Chicago, met a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss her ongoing work on unseen imagery in ancient Mesoamerican art, specifically the hidden undersides of Mayan lintels. Their discussion touched upon themes of hidden art, privileged knowledge, and the politics of object curation. Student discussants included Sam Disotell and Anna Whittemore. The faculty host was Dr. Verity Platt, History of Art.
RadioCIAMS with Eleanor Casella
On May 2nd, 2019, archaeologist Dr. Eleanor Casella (University of Tasmania) met with a panel of CIAMS students (Sarah McCully and Taylor Carr-Howard) and faculty (Dana Bardolph, Sherene Baugher, and Nerissa Russell) to discuss the archaeology of institutional confinement, the material dynamics of social relationships, and the role of historical archaeology in both the academy and also contemporary Tasmanian society. The discussion centered on three of Dr. Casella’s publications. The first was a 2000 article in World Archaeology, titled “‘Doing Trade’: a Sexual Economy of Nineteenth-century Australian Female Convict Prisons”, the second was her 2012 chapter in her co-edited (with Barbara Voss) volume The Archaeology of Colonialism: Intimate Encounters and Sexual Effects, “Little Bastard Felons: Childhood, Affect, and Labor in the Penal Colonies of Nineteenth-Century Australia”, and the third was her 2016 article in Historical Archaeology, “Horizons beyond the Perimeter Wall: Relational Materiality, Institutional Confinement, and the Archaeology of Being Global”. Dr. Casella joined us from across the globe, participating in the podcast via video call from Tasmania.
RadioCIAMS with Allison Mickel
On March 22nd, 2019, archaeologist Dr. Allison Mickel (Lehigh University) met with a panel of CIAMS students (Alexandria Albano, Kathleen Garland, Alice Wolff) and faculty (Adam Smith) to discuss archaeological knowledge production, the potential of narrative fiction in archaeological writing, and social network analysis. The discussion centers on two of Dr. Mickel’s recent publications. The first was a 2012 article in Public Archaeology, titled “The Novel-ty of Responsible Archaeological Site Reporting: How Writing Fictive Narrative Contributes to Ethical Archaeological Practice”, and the second was her 2016 article in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, “Tracing Teams, Texts, and Topics: Applying Social Network Analysis to Understand Archaeological Knowledge Production at Çatalhöyük”.
RadioCIAMS with Alison Wylie
On February 20th, 2019, archaeologist Dr. Alison Wylie from the University of British Columbia met a panel of CIAMS students (Taylor Carr-Howard, Liam Murphy, Annapaola Passerini, and Jessica Plant) and faculty (Dana Bardolph) to discuss two of her recently published works on collaborative practice in archaeology. The first reading is a chapter from a 2015 edited volume Objectivity in Science: New Perspectives from Science and Technology Studies titled, “A Plurality of Pluralisms: Collaborative Practice in Archaeology”. The second is the concluding chapter from Dr. Wylie’s 2016 co-authored monograph, Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology titled, “Conclusions: Reflexivity Made Concrete”. During this podcast, Dr. Wylie also provides helpful advice for young scholars conducting collaborative research within the academy.
RadioCIAMS with Catherine Cameron
On November 2nd, 2018, Dr. Catherine Cameron (CU Boulder) met a panel of CIAMS faculty (Dana Bardolph) and students (Salpi Bocchieriyan, Dusti Bridges, Sam Disotell, Cristina Juarez) to discuss prehistoric migration and captive labor in small scale socieities.
RadioCIAMS with Stephen Mrozowski
On October 12th, 2018, Dr. Stephen Mrozowski (UMass Boston) met a panel of CIAMS faculty (Kurt Jordan) and students (Dusti Bridges, Liam Murphy, Samantha Sanft, Alexandra Walton) to discuss political economy and colonialism.
RadioCIAMS with Jordan Pickett
On September 21st, 2018, Dr. Jordan Pickett (University of Georgia) met a panel of CIAMS faculty (Ben Anderson) and students (Kathleen Garland, Jessica Plant, Tyler Wolford) to discuss engergetics in archaeology.
RadioCIAMS with John Creese
On April 16th, 2018 archaeologist John Creese from North Dakota State University gave a lecture at Cornell University titled, “Reassembling the Longhouse: The Iroquoian Longhouse as sociotechnical system.” The next day he met with a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss his talk, and two of his publications: The first was a 2012 article in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal, titled “The Domestication of Personhood: a view from the Iroquoian Longhouse,” and the second was his 2016 article in World Archaeology, “Emotion Work and the Archaeology of Consensus: the Northern Iroquoian case."
RadioCIAMS with Matthew Liebmann
On March 9th, 2018, Matthew Liebmann, a professor of archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, met with a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss his work at Jemez Pueblo, and two of his recent published works. The first was his 2017 article discussing application of semiotic theory in landscape archaeology in American Antiquity, “From Landscapes of Meaning to Landscapes of Signification in the American Southwest." The second was "The Mickey Mouse kachina and other "Double Objects": Hybridity in the material culture of colonial encounters," in a 2015 issue of the Journal of Social Archaeology.
RadioCIAMS with Yannis Hamilakis
On February 16th, 2018, Yannis Hamilakis, a professor of archaeology and modern greek studies at Brown University, met with a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss two of his recent written works. The first was a 2017 article in the Camrbidge Archaeological Journal, titled “Sensorial Assemblages: Affect, Memory and Temporality in Assemblage Thinking.” The discussion of sensoriality, affectivity and time in this reading color our subsequent discussion of Prof. Hamilakis’ ongoing research on the archaeology of forced migration on the Island of Lesvos, and our other reading, the introduction to the 2016 issue of the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology that he guest-edited on the topic of the archaeologies of forced and undocumented migration.
RadioCIAMS with Anne Porter
On October 6th, 2017 archaeologist Anne Porter from the University of Toronto met with a panel of CIAMS students and faculty (Prof. Adam T. Smith, Amy Cromartie, Lizzy Bews, Salpi Bocchieriyan, and Annapaola Passerini) to discuss pastoral nomadism and kinship in the ancient Near East. This episode was a long time in the making, because our regular team wasn’t available to record it. Apologies are due to the participants for the delay, and our thanks go to Gabrielle Borenstein for filling in as recording engineer last year!
RadioCIAMS with Jason De Léon
On September 22nd, 2017 archaeologist and anthropologist, Prof. Jason De Léon met a panel of CIAMS students and faculty to discuss his ongoing Undocumented Migration Project and his award-winning 2015 book, “The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail.” Just two weeks after visiting us at Cornell, Jason was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, also known as a Genius Grant, in recognition of his important, multidisciplinary research. The challenges, rewards, and necessity of such boundary-pushing work was the focus of our discussion.
RadioCIAMS with Lisa Nevett
On September 15th, 2017, archaeologist Lisa Nevett from the University of Michigan met a panel of CIAMS graduate students (Kathleen Garland, Tyler Wolford, Blake Taylor, Danielle Vander Horst, and Sophia Taborski) and faculty (Profs. Caitlin Barrett and Astrid Van Oyen) to discuss two of her works on Classical household archaeology. The first is "Seeking the domus behind the dominus in Roman Pompeii: artifact distributions as eidence for the various social groups," which appeared as the fifth chapter in Prof. Nevett's 2010 book from Cambridge University Press, Domestic Space in Classical Antiquity. The second reading is Ärtifact assemblages in Classical Greek contexts: toward a new approach," which appeared in Household Studies in Complex Society: Micro-Archaeological and Textual Approaches. This volume was published by the University of Chicago Oriental Institute in 2015.
RadioCIAMS with Felipe Rojas
On May 4, 2017, archaeologist Felipe Rojas from Brown University met a panel of CIAMS students (Jenny Carrington, Kathleen Garland, Rebecca Gerdes, Jessica Plant, and Sophia Taborski) and faculty (Ben Anderson, host) to discuss being mountain in Ancient Anatolia.
RadioCIAMS with Fiona Kidd
On February 24, 2017, NYU Abu Dhabi archaeologist Fiona Kidd met a panel of CIAMS students (Dusti Bridges, Betty Hensellek, Jeanine Hoy, Laryssa Shipley, and Jay Weimar) and faculty (Lori Khatchadourian, host) to discuss wall paintings and elite iconography at the site of Akchakhan-kala in modern-day Uzbekistan. The discussion of approximately 45 minutes opens below.
RadioCIAMS with Steve Kosiba
On October 14, 2016 University of Minnesota archaeologist Steve Kosiba met a panel of CIAMS students (Kelli Breeden, Andrew Crocker, Perri Gerard-Little, Katie Jarriel, and Sam Sanft) and faculty (Adam Smith, host) to discuss materiality, constructions of value, and placemaking among the Inka.
RadioCIAMS with Matthew Canepa
On September 23, 2016 University of Minnesota archaeologist Matthew Canepa met. a panel of CIAMS students (Gabby Borenstein, Andrew Crocker, Jeanine Hoy, Jake Nabel, Jessica Plant, Ellie Reppy, Andrew Smith, and Jay Weimar) and faculty (Ben Anderson and Lori Khatchadourian, host) to discuss iconography, architecture, and the construction of royal identity in the Sassanian Empire.
RadioCIAMS with Fotini Kondyli
On April 22, 2016 Fotini Kondyli (University of Virginia) met a panel of CIAMS students (Sam Barber, Kathleen Garland, Jessica Plant, and Jess Ro. Pfundstein) and faculty (Ben Anderson) to discuss community in the rural landscapes of Byzantine Greece.
RadioCIAMS with Stephen Silliman
On March 25, 2016 UMass Boston archaeologist Stephen Silliman joined a panel of CIAMS students (Jennifer Carrington, Anastasia Kotsoglou, Peregrine Gerard-Little, and Samantha Sanft) and faculty (Kurt Jordan) to discuss entanglement and hybridity in archaeology.
RadioCIAMS with Barbara Mills
On February 19, 2016 Dr. Barbara Mills (University of Arizona) met with the graduate and undergraduate students taking the course Ceramic Analysis, which is taught by CIAMS professor Lori Khatchadourian. Their discussion of about 45 minutes–which considers how technological style and choice relate to the archaeological analysis of ceramic material–opens below.
RadioCIAMS with Sonya Atalay
On November 5, 2015, Dr. Sonya Atalay (UMass Amherst) met a panel of CIAMS faculty (Kurt Jordan, Ben Anderson) and students (Taylor Hummel, Jessica Plant, Perri Gerard-Little, Jess Pfundstein) to discuss activist research – scholarship that matters in the face of university corporatization.
RadioCIAMS with John Cherry
On October 16, 2015, Dr. John Cherry (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University) met a panel of CIAMS faculty (Sturt Manning) and students (Jenna Bittenbender, Gabrielle Borenstein, Chelsea Cole, Ned Fisher, Amanda Gaggioli, William Mastandrea) to discuss early state formation in the Aegean. Special thanks to Jennifer Carrington for aiding in the recording of this podcast.
RadioCIAMS with Bill Angelbeck
On September 18, 2015, Bill Angelbeck (Douglas College) met with a panel of CIAMS faculty (Kurt Jordan) and students (Kathleen Garland, Perri Gerard-Little, Samantha Sanft, and Erin Wright) to discuss the application of modes of production analysis to anarchic societies, focusing on the Pacific Northwest.
RadioCIAMS with Aaron Burke
On September 9, 2015 Aaron Burke (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA), met a panel of CIAMS students (Jenny Carrington, Gabby Borenstein, Jess Pfundstein, Andrew Crocker), faculty (Chris Monroe), and researchers (Brita Lorentzen) to discuss his excavations at the Late Bronze Age Egyptian fortress at Jaffa, in present-day Israel. He also gave a CIAMS lecture the evening prior.
RadioCIAMS with Steven Wernke
On March 27, 2015 Vanderbilt University archaeologist Steven Wernke met a panel of CIAMS students (Anastasia Kotsoglou, Lucius Elliott, Jess Pfundstein, Jenny Carrington, and and faculty (Lori Khatchadourian, Chris Monroe) to discuss his award-winning book, Negotiated Settlements, Andean Communities and Landscapes under Inka and Spanish Colonialism.
RadioCIAMS with Ben Arbuckle
On March 17, 2015, Benjamin Arbuckle (Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) met a panel of CIAMS students (John Gorczyk, Perri Gerard-Little, Kathryn Weber, Nils Niemeier) and faculty (Nerissa Russell) in the LOL to discuss Neolithic animal economies in SW Asia and ‘big data’ projects generally. He also gave a CIAMS Lecture the evening prior and a CIAMS Workshop on ‘Big Data’ projects on the 17th. Arbuckle’s research addresses topics ranging from the origins and spread of domestic livestock in the Neolithic to the social and economic uses of animals in early complex societies. He directs the ‘Central Anatolian Pastoralism Project,’ and has worked at Çadır Höyük, Acemhöyük, Köşk Höyük, and Direkli Mağarası (all in Turkey).
RadioCIAMS with Matt Johnson
On March 13, 2015 Matthew Johnson (Anthropology, Northwestern University) met a panel of CIAMS students (Sam Barber, Jenna Bittenbender, Kathryn Weber, Eilis Monahan) and faculty (Adam Smith, Chris Monroe) prior to his public talk for the Anthropology Colloquium to discuss phenomenological approaches in British landscape archaeology and the case of Bodiam Castle. The wide-ranging discussion responded to Matt’s chapter in The Public Value of the Humanities (2012), his 2011 paper in Annual Review of Anthropology , and current issues in global heritage preservation in the wake of destruction carried out by the Islamic State.
RadioCIAMS with Liz Robinson
On February 10, 2015 Binghamton University archaeologist Elizabeth Robinson met with a panel of CIAMS students (Jess Pfundstein, Liana Brent, Nils Niemeier, and Tim Sorg) and CIAMS Director Sturt Manning to discuss her lecture the evening prior and a forthcoming work on the role of local women in the integration of Larinum (Italy) into the Roman state.
RadioCIAMS with Peter van Dommelen
On November 15, 2014, Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology Peter van Dommelen (Brown University) presented “Connected Communities: Undocumented Migration and Material Practices in the West Mediterranean” and joined a panel of CIAMS faculty (Sturt Manning and Chris Monroe) and students (Bonnie Etter, Perri Gerard-Little, Katie Kearns, Julia Gruhot, and Nils Niemeier) the morning of Nov 6 for a panel discussion about his talk and related articles (van Dommelen 2014 in World Archaeology, and introduction to Cabana and Clark eds. 2011). Dr. van Dommelen carries out fieldwork on Sardinia, concentrating on landscapes, colonialism and connectivity in the 1st millennium BCE.
RadioCIAMS with Shelley Wachsmann
On November 12, 2014 Texas A&M University nautical archaeologist Shelley Wachsmann met with a panel of students (Brita Lorentzen, Carrie Fulton, Xan Stepp) and faculty (Sturt Manning, Chris Monroe) to discuss deep-submergence archaeology and the overland, ritualized transport of ships in antiquity. The panel prepared by reading Dr. Wachsmann’s chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology and attending his AIA lecture the evening prior.
RadioCIAMS with Nadine Moeller
On October 6, 2014, Dr. Nadine Moeller (Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the Oriental Institute, Chicago) presented “The context of the Khayan sealings from Tell Edfu: Chronological and historical implications for the Second Intermediate Period in Egypt," and participated in a CIAMS podcast the following morning. The student panel was composed of Eilis Monahan, Jess Pfundstein, Katie Kearns, Bill Mastandrea, and Freddy Loew. They asked questions about the lecture and a related article in Near Eastern Archaeology 75.2 (2012). CIAMS Director Sturt Manning introduced our guest, and Cornell Egyptologist Caitie Barrett was also on the panel. Dr. Moeller has been directing the Tell Edfu Project since 2001, and has excavated in Egypt at Abu Raswash, Memphis, Zawiet Sultan (Zawiet el-Meitin), Theban West Bank, Valley of the Kings, Dendera and Elephantine.
RadioCIAMS with Jennifer Birch
On September 12, 2014 University of Georgia Assistant Professor Jennifer Birch met with a panel of CIAMS students (Perri Gerard-Little, Cynthia Kocik, and Samantha Sanft) and Cornell anthropologist Kurt Jordan to discuss recent research on Northern Iroquoian societies.
RadioCIAMS with Glenn Schwartz
On March 26, 2014 Glenn Schwartz (Johns Hopkins U. Prof. of Near Eastern Studies) met with CIAMS students Asa Cameron, Eilis Monahan, Jeff Leon, and Kathryn Weber to talk about excavations at Tell Umm el-Marra in western Syria, which have exposed a large funerary complex of rich tombs associated with local rulers in the Early Bronze Age period of Syria’s first urban civilization, ca. 2500-2100 BC. We also discussed the piece Schwartz co-authored with Sebastian Heath (ISAW) on ‘Legal Threats to Cultural Exchange of Archaeological Materials’ (American Journal of Archaeology 2009).
RadioCIAMS with Shannon Dawdy
On March 14, 2014 University of Chicago archaeologist Shannon Dawdy spoke with a panel of CIAMS students (Nick Lashaway, Katie Kearns, Cindy Kocik, Perri Gerard-Little) and faculty (Kurt Jordan, Adam Smith) about two of her provocative articles, ‘Clockpunk Anthropology and the Ruins of Modernity’ (Current Anthropology 51(6):761-793) and ‘Millennial Archaeology: Locating the Discipline in the Age of Insecurity/Doomsday Confessions’ (Archaeological Dialogues 16(2): 131-142, 186-193).
RadioCIAMS with Joanna Sofaer
On Thurs Feb 27, 2014, Joanna Sofaer (University of Southampton) discussed her work on osteoarchaeology, materiality, and gender with a panel of CIAMS students (Betty Hensellek, Alex Marko, Liana Brent, John Gorcyzk) and faculty respondent, Nerissa Russell (ANTH). Recorded , 4:30 pm in the Landscapes and Objects Lab (LOL, 125 McGraw).
SAPIENS Talk Back: Changing Archaeology's Stories and Who Tells Them
A Companion to Season 4 of the SAPIENS Podcast
The Archaeology Centers Coalition and RadioCIAMS present “SAPIENS Talks Back”: eight conversations with students and scholars that expand upon the insights of Season 4 of the SAPIENS podcast entitled “Our Past is the Future”. In extended discussions, we explore new perspectives on how Black and Indigenous voices are changing how archaeology tells its stories, and just as importantly, who tells them.
“SAPIENS Talk Back” was developed in collaboration with the Indigenous Archaeology Collective and the Society of Black Archaeologists, with special help from Drs. Sara Gonzalez, Justin Dunnavant, and Ayana Flewellen. Special thanks also to Chip Colwell and the production team at SAPIENS, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and House of Pod. Thanks also to the member organizations of the Archaeology Centers Coalition for supporting “SAPIENS Talk Back.” You can find more information about their work at archaeologycoalition.org.
"SAPIENS Talk Back" is produced at Cornell University by Adam Smith with Rebecca Gerdes as the production assistant. Our theme music was composed by Charlee Mandy and performed by Maia Dedrick and Russell Dedrick.
Episode 8: Looking Forward/Looking Back (April 27, 2022)
In the final episode of our series, we look back on both the SAPIENS series and the conversations we have had here on SAPIENS Talk Back in order to look ahead to the future of archaeology. Our guests this episode represent new professional organizations that are pushing the discipline of archaeology in consequential new directions: Dr. Ayana Omilade Flewellen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside and co-founder and current president of the Society of Black Archaeologists (SBA); Dr. Sara Gonzalez, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington and Curator of Archaeology at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and a co-founder of the Indigenous Archaeology Collective (IAC); and Dr. Lewis Borck, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at New Mexico Highlands University and a founding member of the Black Trowel Collective.
This episode was made possible by financial support from Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Denver. We want to thank our panelists, who are members of the SBA, IAC, and Black Trowel Collective, for leading our conversation today: Ashleigh Thompson (University of Arizona), Elliot Helmer (Washington State University), and Yoli Ngandali (University of Washington) This episode was hosted by CIAMS graduate students Sophia Taborski and Alice Wolff, and the sound engineer was Liam McDonald.
You can support the Black Trowel Collective microgrants program at blacktrowelcollective.wordpress.com and follow them on Twitter @BlackTrowel. To join the SBA, go to societyofblackarchaeologists.com and follow their work on Twitter @SbaArch. You can follow the Indigenous Archaeology Collective on FaceBook and Twitter @indigarchs.
Episode 7: Repatriation & Archaeology (April 20, 2022)
In this episode, we continue the discussion that began in episode 7 of season 4 of the SAPIENS podcast, a conversation that examines “repatriation” and what it means for archaeology. Our guests this episode are Dr. Rachel Watkins, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at American University and a specialist in African American biohistory, and Dr. Dorothy Lippert, an expert in repatriation and a tribal liaison for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
This episode was made possible by financial support from the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA with additional support from the University of Arizona’s School of Anthropology. We want to thank our panelists for leading our conversation today: Dr. Wendy Teeter (UCLA), Mina Nikolovieni (Brown University), and Amanda Althoff (Columbia University). This episode was hosted by CIAMS graduate students Ruth Portes and Claire Challancin, and the sound engineer was Rafael Cruz Gil.
Episode 6: Setting the Table (April 6, 2022)
In this episode, we continue the discussion that began in episode 6 of season 4 of the SAPIENS podcast, a conversation that examines “Slavery, Sustenance, and Resistance,” or what we might think of as “Setting the Table for an Archaeology of Resistance.” Our guests for this episode are Dr. Peggy Brunache, Lecturer of the History of Atlantic Slavery at the University of Glasgow and the first director of the Beniba Centre for Slavery Studies; and Dr. Kelly Fanto Deetz, Director of Collections and Visitor Engagement at Stratford Hall Plantation, and visiting Scholar in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
This episode was made possible by financial support from the Archaeological Research Facility at the University of California at Berkeley. We want to thank our panelists for leading our conversation today: Sara Ann Knutson (University of California, Berkeley), Jess Johnson (University of California, Berkeley), José Julián Garay Vázquez (University College London), and Helen Wong (University of Pennsylvania). This episode was hosted by CIAMS graduate student Rebecca Gerdes, and Sam Disotell, recent CIAMS graduate and researcher for American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program. The sound engineer was Ruth Portes.
Episode 5: Studying (& Not Studying) Sacred Sites (March 23, 2022)
In this episode, we continue the discussion that began in episode 5 of season 4 of the SAPIENS podcast, a conversation that examines how archaeologists study sacred sites, and when they don’t. Our guests for this episode are Dr. Ora Marek-Martinez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University and Director of the Office of Native American Initiatives, and co-host of the SAPIENS podcast this season, and Dr. Nicholas Laluk, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.
This episode was made possible by financial support of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology at Brown University and Columbia University’s Center for Archaeology. We want to thank our panelists for leading our conversation today: Gabby Hartemann (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), Eric Mazariegos (Columbia University), and Maryan Ragheb (UCLA). This episode was hosted by CIAMS graduate students Anna Whittemore and Alex Symons, and the sound engineer was Olivia Graves.
Episode 4: Decolonizing Heritage & Curation (March 9, 2022)
In this episode, we welcome the featured guests of Episode 4 of SAPIENS Season 4: Dr.Tiffany Fryer, Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Princeton University Society of Fellows and a lecturer in Princeton’s Department of Anthropology, and Dr. Sven Haakanson, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington, Curator of Native American Anthropology at the Burke Museum, and a former MacArthur Fellow.
This episode was made possible by financial support of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology at Brown University and Columbia University’s Center for Archaeology. We want to thank our panelists for leading our conversation today: Erynn Bentley and Ana González San Martín from Brown University. This episode was hosted by CIAMS graduate students Olivia Graves and Henry Ziegler, and the sound engineer was Sam Disotell.
Episode 3: Archaeology & Social Justice (February 23, 2022)
In this episode, we welcome the featured guests of Episode 3 of SAPIENS Season 4: Dr. Kisha Supernant, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta and Director of the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology, and Lenora McQueen, an activist who has worked tirelessly to preserve the Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground in Richmond.
This episode was made possible by financial support of the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology. We want to thank our panelists for leading our conversation today: Elspeth Geiger (University of Michigan), Mariela Declet Pérez (University of California, San Diego), and Dan Plekhov (Brown University). This episode was hosted by CIAMS graduate students Rafael Cruz Gil and Carol Anne Barsody, and the sound engineer was Alex Symons.
Episode 2: Breaking Archaeology's Boundaries (February 9, 2022)
In this episode, we welcome the featured guests of Episode 2 of SAPIENS Season 4: two of the co-founders of the Society of Black Archaeologists, Dr. Justin Dunnavant, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, and Dr. Ayana Flewellen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside; and Gabrielle Miller, a PhD student studying African Diaspora Archaeology at the University of Tulsa.
This episode was made possible by financial support from the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology at the University of California, San Diego. We want to thank our panelists for leading our conversation today, Jordan Griffin and Loren Clark from the University of California, San Diego. This episode was hosted by Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate Maia Dedrick and CIAMS graduate student Ayesha Matthan, and the sound engineer was Anna Whittemore.
Episode 1: Changing Archaeology's Stories (January 26, 2022)
In this episode, we welcome Yoli Ngandali, one of the hosts of the SAPIENS series and a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington, for a conversation on how we can achieve real and lasting change in the stories archaeology tells and, just as importantly, who gets to tell them.
This episode was made possible by financial support from the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. We want to thank our panelists for leading our conversation today: Jarre Hamilton (University of California, Berkeley), Iman Nagy (University of California, Los Angeles), and Javier García Colón (University of California, San Diego). This episode was hosted by CIAMS graduate students Alma Cortez Alvarez and Liam McDonald, and the sound engineer was Rebecca Gerdes.
CIVIC: Unsettled Monuments, Unsettling Heritage
RadioCIAMS presents: CIVIC with Jorge Otero-Pailos
RadioCIAMS is pleased to present the third episode of "Unsettled Monuments, Unsettling Heritage", a podcast of CIVIC, the Cornell task force for the humanities and the arts. In this episode, a panel of Cornell faculty, all CIVIC fellows, speak with Prof. Jorge Otero-Pailos, Director and Professor of Historic Preservation at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The discussion centers on Prof. Otero-Pailos’s contributions to the groundbreaking book that he co-edited, Experimental Preservation, exploring how an ethic of care can radically alter our ingrained notions of preservation. This podcast was hosted virtually and everyone participated remotely.
RadioCIAMS presents: CIVIC with Trinidad Rico
RadioCIAMS is pleased to present the second episode of "Unsettled Monuments, Unsettling Heritage", a podcast of CIVIC, the Cornell task force for the humanities and the arts. In this episode, a panel of Cornell faculty, all CIVIC fellows, speak with Dr. Trinidad Rico, a professor in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University and Director of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies. The discussion centers on three of Dr. Rico’s recent publications, exploring the tensions between cultural heritage preservation and religious practices in the Muslim world. This podcast was hosted virtually and everyone participated remotely.
RadioCIAMS presents: CIVIC with Caitlin DeSilvey
RadioCIAMS is pleased to present the inaugural episode of "Unsettled Monuments, Unsettling Heritage", a podcast of CIVIC, the Cornell task force for the humanities and the arts. In this episode, a panel of Cornell faculty, all CIVIC fellows, speak with Dr. Caitlin DeSilvey, a professor of cultural geography at the University of Exeter about her most recent book, Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving. Dr. DeSilvey participated remotely.