Aha my old friend Edward Said, there you are! I was beginning to think you weren’t going to show up this semester, but you never fail to come back! c:
do you ever get really sad about 79 AD because I do
I get really emotional for some reason and it’s a bit painful but at least it means I’m slowly forgetting how awful that movie was.
judiejodia said: i wanna read that essay
My essay hasn’t been started but if you have jstor access I can link you to some of my readings ;;
portabellogna said: I am here for chaos gods shenanigans
-highfive- i want to do it but idk how; we need to have brainstorming parties :D
i’m doing my readings for my essay which is currently on constructions of gender in literature (primarily ovid’s metamorphoses) and like idk as I was reading about otherness and identity and how ovid identifies metamorphoses with chaos and one element overwhelming another and then satan’s favourite past time being causing chaos and breaking down arbitrary human culture and then idk I just started thinking a lot about Chaos Gods like Set and Loki and Hermes etc. all getting together to smash up stereotypes and gender norms and it made me really happy think of all the things they could do for good or ill wow
profound things often disguised as really stupid dares.
also lol at ppl who think archaeology is less racist than socio-cultural anthropology
- archaeologists have a long history of destroying or purposefully misrepresenting monuments and artifacts built by people of colour because it’d be too shocking to acknowledge white people didn’t invent them
I’m not going to respond to all of this, but I am going to make a few comments. Full disclosure: I’m an archaeologist, but I’m an archaeologist with a heavy base in anthropological theory and a second degree in international development studies. I think that all anthropologists MUST realize that we stand on the shoulders of racists. That is the history of our discipline. That is something we contend with and attempt to remedy every day of our anthropological lives!
That being said, it find it incredibly tacky and unproductive to try and call one sub-discipline more racist than another one. We are community and a family and we must operate as a unit, rather than throw each other under the metaphorical bus. All of the points raised in this post have a grain of truth to them, mostly in a historical sense but no GOOD archaeologist does those things. Archaeologists who engaged/currently engages in those practices are not really archaeologists at all, they are treasure hunters and professional racists. What I’m trying to say is anthropology has a history of racism and colonial thinking but our job as anthropologists is to STOP that way of thinking and IMPROVE our discipline. And if you ask me, personally, I think we’re doing a hell of a job.
I too am an archaeologist and I responded to something similar to this about a year ago, but I will reiterate. Like Zomganthro said, we know that we stand on the shoulders of racists. If you don’t know that before you start studying anthropology or archaeology then you learn it very fast. There were atrocious things done to people of so many different cultures in the name of documenting a past without listening to those whose past was being documented. Yes graves were dug, ‘treasures’ were stolen, and cultural identities were obliterated. We know that is the past we come from. But that is not the present. Archaeologists working and learning in the field today are actively taught to seek council with the people they are working with, not to ignore their wishes. While laws differ in different regions about how much say indigenous groups have over what happens legally on their land, in nearly every class I have taken we have been told that we must cultivate relationships with the people we work with and listen to what they say. My schooling is Canadian based, and quite specific to the North West Coast and I cannot tell you the amount of times a professor told my class that we will not be able to do our jobs well here if we do not interact and listen to the indigenous population whose land we are working on, regardless if we have to by law or not. Basically, we don’t know shit. We can do a lot tests and dig a lot of holes, to learn some things and make a lot of educated guesses about others, but the best information will come from the people whose land we are on.
Not only that, archaeology is now a tool that many groups use for strengthening land claims, and discovering more of their own past. There are countless companies owned, operated, or employed by indigenous groups through out Canada, and I imagine elsewhere. Archaeology hasn’t forgotten it’s roots, but it is growing past them into something truly amazing. We are not asking people to forget the past at all, but I would ask that people take a second to understand the active steps that have been taken to ensure that the future is not so bleak.
Thehayloft is a lovely and articulate women. Listen to what she has to say! As someone who also worked in BC I agree with everything she just said.
you have achieved Familiar Stranger mastery me and my younger self who was obsessed with Familiar Strangers applaud you :’D
Hi guys! ;w; now that the scariest part of my day is over, how would you like to tell me something good that happened to you or someone you know recently? Go on, send me an ask and share! ;w;
I did my presentation today and i didn’t cry and i was coherent even though i didn’t look up much and my colour example totally failed because of the projector but IT’S OKAY because everyone liked our presentation and asked us questions and I was able to answer and even expand upon them and my professor was really happy and I am going to eat a whole cake ;~;
gonna celebrate by… doing my syntax homework…? ;~;