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Decoloniality Workshop End-of-the-Year Lunch with Marguerite De Loney

Date and Time: 
Friday, June 8, 2018. 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Building 50, Room 51A
Workshop: 
Concerning Violence: A Decolonial Collaborative Research Group
Meeting Description: 

In order to celebrate the completion of the first year of the Decoloniality workshop, we are holding an end-of-the-year lunch event on Friday, June 8 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm in 50-51A. Catered food will be served.

Marguerite De Loney, a dissertation writer in the Department of Anthropology, will be presenting her paper, "Agents of Coloniality: Capitalism, the Market, and My Crisis with Archaeology." Marguerite will explore how her experiences within the discipline and her fieldwork in the town of Portobelo, Panamá have left her questioning the epistemic genealogy of archaeology, and the complicity between archaeological and capitalist ontologies. Observing the specter of dispossession that hangs over Portobelo as a result of Eurocentric archaeological discourses and heritage management practices of conservation has directed Marguerite to analyze archaeological knowledge production within the coloniality of power framework. She contemplates how archaeology is implicated in the violence that allows capitalism to persist by examining processes of dispossession through an exploration of the relationship between archaeology, discourses of market development, and the logics of coloniality/modernity that informs them.

Marguerite L. De Loney is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, whose research tackles the dilemma of heritage displacement and the structural violence perpetuated by archaeological projects upon local communities. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Cartographies of Belonging: Decolonial Explorations into the Making of Place with the Community of Portobelo, Panamá,” studies how local communities give meaning to their landscapes. Her goal is to generate maps that confront dispossession by facilitating transformative research that accounts for communities’ lived experiences, memories, and identities.

We will also be discussing this year's workshop events and any feedback those of you who attended the events may have. We are happy to announce that our workshop got renewed for next year, and so we will be discussing ideas we have for next year's workshop events as well. If you have not attended any of our events this year, you are still more than welcome to attend this event.

Please RSVP to pseward@stanford.edu. Upon RSVPing, you will be included in the lunch list and you will also receive a copy of Marguerite's paper.

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