Cassie Gordon (Australia)
Daily blog posts at 08:30 BST/GMT during the festival
While archaeology is essentially a time-centric field, scarcely as archaeologist’s do we turn our lenses inward and interrogate the ways in which we perceive and project our own concepts of time. It is crucial in our discipline that we challenge the pedagogic and institutionalised preference for periodization and absolutism when it comes to interpreting and writing the past. I propose that we instead adopt innovative paths and patterns counter to our ordinary, ensconced views on time. By employing concepts of literary theory—like end-stopping and enjambment—I intend to use poetic expression, accompanied by visual art, as a means to demonstrate the superfluousness of some of our current conceptions of time in archaeology.
This will be explored by a series of blog posts each day during festival CHAT, starting on the 23 October, launched at 8:30 BST.
Friday 23/10 The Asymmetry of Time
Saturday 24/10 Time’s Arrow: End-Stopping
Sunday 25/10 Time’s Arrow: The Law of Impermanence
Monday 26/10 Pompeii Premise: Still Life
Tuesday 27/10 Palimpsests: Collection
Wednesday 28/10 Palimpsests: Double Exposure
Thursday 29/10 Time Perspectivism: Pointilism
Friday 30/10 Alternative Conceptualisation: Enjambment