13th KAPI Conference
Coloniality, Decoloniality, and Collaboration
The project of decolonization is a long-standing and ongoing process across many fields, including archaeology. For the 13th KAPI conference, we put forward the goal of probing how coloniality and decoloniality manifest in archaeological practice and knowledge-making in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. This is a way for KAPI, as a community of practitioners, to engage in the urgent and contentious discourses surrounding decolonization, repatriation, reparation, and community engagement.
Archaeologists in the Philippines have worked to establish and reconfigure the discipline as a field of inquiry. Putting the past before us helps move the practice forward, and one way that we can do this is through reflecting on institutional and disciplinal histories. As we chart the future directions of the discipline, archaeologists engage in productive conversations while crafting solutions and strategies to address issues related to structural inequalities, research ethics, interdisciplinary exchange, regional cooperation, and local capacity building.
Discerning coloniality and decoloniality can also be enacted by surveying the collaborations we engage in. Archaeology is collaborative by nature, and it is also constructive to examine the impacts of collaborations – whether these are, among others, epistemic, methodological, community, public, institutional, or legal engagements. How do these collaborations shape knowledge production in archaeology and heritage? How can decolonization efforts go beyond the metaphors of theorizing and knowledge-making?
Submission of abstracts is currently CLOSED. See you on 09 December 2023!
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