April 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
To interpret the possible mechanism by which identity was (re)produced and (re)experienced within Chinese Bronze Age burials, I have used Judith Butler’s idea of performance and Heidegger’s Being-in-the-World in my thesis.
Below are two diagrams which summarise both of these theoretical positions. These two diagrams appear in my thesis.
The diagrams were very kindly drawn by Johann Loh.
April 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
I am giving a paper at the above conference which is being held in Baoji, Shaanxi Province, China, in November. The paper looks at Zhou Dynasty burials and how gender identities were (re)constructed through sets of bronze burial goods.
The information below is from UCL’s website:
Five-day conference in November (08-12) 2011, China
The International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA), Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Peking University and Baoji Municipal People’s Government, Shaanxi province, China, invite scholars to participate in the conference Emergence of Bronze Age Societies: A Global Perspective.
The conference aims at enhancing our understanding of the background and development of Bronze Age societies on a global scale. It will trace the beginnings of the use of copper and bronze throughout Eurasia and beyond, and investigate the societies that developed metallurgy. Questions to be raised are: What constitutes a Bronze Age? Which characteristics share early bronze using cultures? Is the use of bronze sufficient to define a Bronze Age society? What kinds of artefacts were predominantly produced? Which technological solutions were found in different bronze-using cultures to source raw materials and to produce alloys and artefacts? What was the role of cross-cultural exchange in the development of Bronze Age societies?
The conference especially seeks to provide a platform for integrating the achievements of Chinese archaeological research on the Bronze Age into a world wide context. For this reason the conference will be held in Baoji, Shaanxi province, China, where a major bronze producing centre was located 3000 years ago, and where one of the largest collections of bronze artefacts in all of Asia is stored.
The conference will be held from 08 to 12 November 2011. The costs of local accommodation and conference fees will be met by the organisers. Foreign participants are responsible for their travel and visa costs.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 December 2010. Successful candidates are expected to give a talk of 15 minutes and to present a poster of their research during a poster session. Individual posters are welcome as well.
Date: 08 to 12 November 2011
Venue: Baoji Museum of Bronzes, Shaanxi province, China
Conference languages: English/Chinese with translation
The conference proceedings will be published as a peer-reviewed volume.