Research workshop for Archaeology students
Archaeology is a discipline which has obvious colonial antecedents in India. In the contemporary academic context, Archaeology is most-often taught within the History Departments. Students of Indian Archaeology are faced with myriad possibilities with respect to research topics, but very often the epistemological and methodological contributions are drawn from History. Keeping some of these issues in mind, the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore is organising a student workshop on the 23rd July 2018. The workshop focuses on exploring research on the past (and the present) specifically through archaeological methods.
Students are invited to submit a 500-word abstract outlining reason for their interest in this workshop and current research interest by the 20th April 2018. The abstracts will need to outline how they envision their current or future research. This could include study area, methods they plan to use, what questions they hope to answer and an outline of the work already done on the subject they are interested in pursuing further. In case they have not yet decided on their future research goals, questions or interests, they can write about what they perceive as their strengths or weaknesses as archaeologists, one or two aspects of the courses they have taken which have interested them and along with reasons.
These abstracts will be reviewed by a panel, and selected participants will be invited to participate in a one day reading and interactive workshop with Prof Lynn Meskell, (Stanford University, USA) and Dr Smriti Haricharan (NIAS, Bangalore) joined by experts such as Dr Hemanth Kadambi (Independent Researcher, Anthropological Archaeology). This workshop is designed to think of questions from the disciplinary perspectives of Archaeology involving students and early career researchers. Selected participants will be expected to complete a set of reading before the workshop as well as prepare short (not more than 15 minutes) presentations of their abstract/research for the workshop. This would be, particularly, suitable for students pursuing their Masters/MPhil or in the early stages of their PhD.
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