Nick Shepherd

Nick Shepherd
Aarhus University | AU · Archaeology and Heritage Studies

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Arguing that ‘the moment of the now’ calls for fresh, creative thinking in the search for solutions, this White Paper both explores the state of research at the intersection between culture, heritage and climate change, and makes a case for a set of approaches, perspectives and conversations that we need to have—or that we need to have in new ways....
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This paper examines the historical development of contract archaeology in South Africa, placing it in a trajectory of local archaeological thought and practice. In doing so, it sets out to do three things. The first is to consider how metropolitan theory “travels,” takes root, and has particular, local effects as part of a disciplinary ordering of...
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The question is: What comes after the language of ethics? Put differently: How do we develop a conversation around questions of care, accountability, and responsible or "right" action in the world, outside of the framework of a professionalized discourse on ethics? In this paper I explore the status and meaning of the ancestral dead, and their pote...
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While books on archaeological and anthropological ethics have proliferated in recent years, few attempt to move beyond a conventional discourse on ethics to consider how a discussion of the social and political implications of archaeological practice might be conceptualized differently. The conceptual ideas about ethics posited in this volume make...
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Do conventional discussions of archaeological ethics function as an ameliorative discourse in the interests of development, and of embedded disciplinary interests? Or do they open a set of resistant possibilities? How might such struggles be differently named and conceptualised? What are the effects of universalising what are often locally situated...
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In a recent intervention, Alejandro Haber and I have questioned the extent to which discussions under the heading of ethics continue to provide a useful framework within which to conceptualise the complex and politically entangled contexts in which archaeologists work. Notwithstanding these concerns, the papers collected here show why discussions u...
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What is the place of imagination in archaeology? This paper works with a set of materials from the deep archive of the South African archaeologist John Goodwin (1900–59) to explore the relationship between archaeology and imagination. The first half of the paper focuses on a short story written by Goodwin, describing the accidental creation and sub...
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We had hoped for a substantive response around the argument presented in 'What's up with WAC?', instead Claire Smith has responded with a list of what she styles as 'errors of fact and errors of representation'. Nevertheless, we thank her for the attention with which she has read our paper, and we look forward to the 'more discursive response' whic...
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Given archaeology's long history and intimate entanglements with imperialist, colonialist and even racist discourses, archaeological practice and theory have always been deeply political as an agent of change in the global scale and within histories of places. In the last few decades, archaeologists and archaeological theorists have been increasing...
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The year 2011 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC). WAC marked a bold intervention in the politics of knowledge in archaeology in the context of the mid-1980s. But how has it fared in contemporary worlds of practice? In this paper, two senior WAC members take a close and critical look at the changing fortune...
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Resumen El año 2011 marca el vigésimo quinto aniversario del Congreso Arqueológico Mundial (WAC, por sus siglas en in-glés). El WAC marcó una audaz inter-vención en la política del conocimiento arqueológico en el contexto de media-dos de los años ochentas. Más, ¿cómo le fue en los mundos contemporáneos de la práctica? En este artículo, dos antiguos...
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New South African Keywords sets out to do two things. The first is to provide a guide to the key words and key concepts that have come to shape public and political thought and debate in South Africa since 1994. The second purpose is to provide a compendium of cutting-edge thinking on the new society. In this respect some of the most exciting think...
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How do we negotiate our own positions as locally situated archaeologists in relation to a global discipline? On the one hand, we belong to a worldwide community of scholars, practitioners and activists whose conversations and debates crisscross national boundaries, continents, hemispheres and social classes. On the other hand, we are positioned in...

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