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On the Right of Refusal: Decolonizing Archaeology and Equitable Practices

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  • UserDr Uzma Rizvi, Pratt Institute World_link
  • ClockThursday 11 February 2021, 16:00-17:30
  • HouseZoom.

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Decolonization is not just an historical process but rather an action that is political at its core. As global efforts to redefine archaeological practice are underway to ensure a more just and equitable practice, political historiographies of colonial archaeology in high income postcolonies, such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), must also be investigated. Epistemic violence embedded within colonial archaeology maintains itself under the guise of ‘science,’ as archaeology continues to make demands upon bodies, landscapes, memories, histories, and heritage.

This paper investigates what refusing to work in inequitable conditions might look like and what sorts of alternative pathways exist for an equitable and decolonized archaeological praxis. This will include entering archaeology (as a discipline) into transdisciplinary dialog with contemporary art and design. Engagement is not limited to a human to human interaction but rather, this paper will consider conceptual engagement as a key facet to epistemic rearrangements. Utilizing over five years of work in and with collaborators in the UAE , in this presentation, I will provide multiple formats through which ethical praxis emerged within frameworks of critical pedagogy, public engagement, and archaeological practice.

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