Call for contributions from researchers working in the Americas/Australasia to a new edited volume. Editor Hilary Orange (UCL Institute of Archaeology, London).
Following two successful ‘Reanimating Industrial Spaces’ conference sessions at TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group, Durham, England 2009 (see Gordon 2010)) and the EAA (European Archaeological Association, Den Haag, Netherlands 2010) additional contributors are sought for a new edited volume – ‘Reanimating Industrial Spaces’ - which will be published by the Institute of Archaeology through Left Coast Press (http://www.lcoastpress.com/) in 2013.
The publication will bring together recent work on industrial remains and memory including research from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, cultural geography, museum studies and the arts. An industrial space is here broadly defined as a relict industrial landscape, workplace, collection of artefacts or an industrial museum. The term also embodies intangible aspects of the industrial past which survive into the present such as community traditions and social relationships. The different approaches laid out within the book are concerned with ‘reanimating’ industrial spaces through memory-work (for instance ethnography or oral history), either as a core strategy or as a subsidiary approach. The book will aim to provide an accessible overview to recent cross-disciplinary memory-work within post-industrial environments. In drawing on diverse viewpoints, (the academic, professional and commercial) the book will consider differences of approach and common concerns and will question what can be learnt from cross-disciplinary perspectives and methods. The volume will also examine some of the challenges in conducting memory-work within industrial spaces, including the politics and ethics of fieldwork.
The book will be peer-reviewed and will be marketed within the United States and Europe. The primary audience are readers from the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology and museum studies, including academics, post-graduate students and those employed in the professional sector.
Additional chapters are currently sought from researchers working within the Americas and Australasia to complement the existing set of commissioned chapters – these include exciting and detailed case studies which range from gold dredging in Alaska to iron smelting in Uganda and from cement factories in Communist Albania to the coal fields of the north of England.
Further details, expressions of interest and questions please email email@example.com by 1st May 2011.
Gordon, D (2010) “Reanimating Industrial Spaces: Review of a session at TAG 2009,” in Papers from the Institute of Archaeology, 20, 180-185. Text at available (free-view) at http://pia-journal.co.uk/index.php/pia/issue/current.