Date: February 27-28, 2009 South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology University of South Carolina, Columbia
The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina will hold their first annual Post-Doctoral Fellows Archaeology Conference in February 2009. The Archaeology of the Recent African American Past is a two-day conference to be held at the University of South Carolina in Columbia on Friday, February 27 (9 AM - 5 PM) and Saturday February 28 (9 AM to 4 PM). The central theme is the plurality of the post-emancipation experiences in the United States and how the archaeological record can provide insight into how African peoples experienced freedom in places such as James Island, South Carolina, Nicodemus, Kansas or New Philadelphia, Illinois. The presentations will focus on the painful histories of Reconstruction and Jim Crow and the more hopeful histories of the Civil Rights Movement and the building of Black communities, neighborhoods and universities.
Theresa Singleton, an historical archaeologist and foundational scholar in African diaspora archaeology, and faculty member at Syracuse University, New York, is the plenary speaker. The plenary will be held on Saturday afternoon at the Carriage House of the Robert Mills House & Park (a Historic Columbia Foundation property) with a reception to follow.
In addition, there will be a museum exhibit and reception at the McKissick Museum on the University of South Carolina campus on Friday night. A tour of African American Heritage sites in Columbia will also be available.
Presentations at the conference include:
Reaching for Freedom, Seizing Responsibility: Archaeology at the Phyllis Wheatley Home for Girls, Chicago Anna S. Agbe-Davies, DePaul University
Archaeology of Jim Crow Era African American Life on Louisiana’s Sugar Plantations David Palmer, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Black History as Property: A Horizon of African American Memorialization Proposal for The Archaeology of the Recent African American Past Christopher N. Matthews, Hofstra University
The Cemetery as Focus of Community Identity and Resistance in the Past and Remembering and Reclaiming the Past in the Present John P. McCarthy, S&ME, Inc.
Race, Displacement, and 20th Century University Landscapes: An Archaeology of Renewal and Urban Universities Paul R. Mullins, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis and Lewis C. Jones, Indiana University
What Means Gottes Acker?: The 20th Century Obliteration and Revival of an African-American Story Leland Ferguson, University of South Carolina
Gibson Grove AME Zion Church Project Alexandra Jones, University of California, Berkeley
Nicodemus, An Inspiration Beneath the Poppy Mallows Flordeliz T. Bugarin, Howard University
Archaeological Perspectives on Structural Racism in the Jim Crow Era of the American Midwest Christopher C. Fennell, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Life and Death on James Island: Exploration and Protection of the Dill Sanctuary Ronald Anthony, Eugene Frazier, Martha Zierden, The Charleston Museum
Constructing Black "Childhood" in Reconstruction Era Dallas: Victorian Ideals and the Evolving Realities of an Engendered African-America Megan Teague and James Davidson, University of Florida
An Archaeology of Urban Infrastructure and African-American Achievement in Annapolis, Maryland during the 20th Century Matthew M. Palus, Columbia University, New York
From Slave to Citizen on James Island: The Archaeology of Freedom at Fort Johnson Carl Steen, Diachronic Research
White Privilege and Archaeology Jennifer Babiarz, University of Texas, Austin
Challenges and Limitations in African-American Cemetery Studies: An Archaeological Perspective from the Carolinas Christina Brooks, Winthrop University
Studies of Commodities in Archaeologies of African American Pasts Jakob D. Crockett, University of South Carolina
Excavating Inspiration: Archaeology at the Harriet Tubman Home, Auburn, New York Douglas Armstrong, Syracuse University
BaKongo Cosmograms, Christian Crosses, Or None Of The Above: An Archaeology of African American Spiritual Adaptations into the 1920s Kenneth L. Brown, University of Houston
To register or for additional information, check out the conference website at: www.cas.sc.edu/SCIAA/postdoc_conf.html or contact Jodi Barnes at JBarnes@mailbox.sc.edu.
Many new and interesting developments and program implementation through the Lincoln County Historical Association, and Lincoln County Museum of History are in the anticipated future.
I am the new Curator of Archaeology and Collections for the museum, and I am very excited about my new position. My varied background includes working for cultural resource firms, museums, and historical organizations. I am originally from Gastonia, NC and I have many varied interests. My research interests are specifically oriented toward "backcountry" studies and using the holistic approach known as landscape archaeology to study and interpret sites. I am also very interested in researching the Protohistoric Catawba history in the vicinity of Lincoln County, NC.
As the new curator, I will be keeping a blog to increase public awareness of important issues in relation to various issues relating to questions concerning collections care, historical architecture, local history, and archaeology. If anyone is interested in a discussion on a certain topic, the inquiries can be sent to the blog, or my e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will discuss the issues that are most significant.