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Living Architecture Workshop

This workshop will be hosted by the Material Culture Laboratory on the 18th of May, 2018. Guest speaker and discussant will be Dr. Lesley McFayden (Birkbeck University). If you are interested in attending, you must RSVP as spaces are limited.

Archaeologists have long grappled with the complexity of architecture as a material extension of human life. Buildings and settlements operate across the scalar sweep of social life, from individual and momentary engagements to millennia-long histories involving millions of human and nonhuman participants. Articulating architecture’s dynamics at different scales remains a key challenge, demanding an approach that is sensitive to the particularities of space-making as an active, embodied process, and also to the emergent effects of buildings as populations and as elements of larger settled landscapes. As a part of this, we are challenged to trace and temporalize the materialities and movements of architecture’s constituents: clay and rubble, stones and timber, earthen surfaces, pots, ovens, and people.

In this roundtable, we will discuss some of the central challenges and future possibilities for buildings research in archaeology. In particular, we will explore intersections between research that considers the process of making/inhabiting specific architecture and research that considers the conceptualization or formalization of space within broader social and spatial milieux. Four presenters will offer perspectives or propositions, drawing on their own research in different regions and periods, and then the table will be opened for discussion.

Please find a provisional schedule here.