University of Chicago
Call for papers
THEORETICAL ARCHAEOLOGY GROUP
2013 Theme: "Vision"
CHICAGO - May 9-11, 2013
Archaeology leans heavily on typologies and similarities. Narratives about
cultural change, the spreading of ideas and diasporas are often linked to things that
look alike but belong to different chronological or geographical frames.
Material connections between “centers” and “peripheries” are commonly traced by
looking at provincial copies of models irradiated from the metropolis. And yet, despite
the longstanding tradition of typological studies and analysis of the meaning of style
variation (Wiessner, Sackett, Conkey & Hastorf), the role of imagines, simulacra and
replicas in the transmission of culture is still relatively ill-defined from a theoretical point
of view in archaeological research.
The papers in this session will explore theoretical approaches to an
archaeology of the double and ask questions that help us to go beyond the original
model/fake copy dilemma. By interrogating the materiality of the replica we hope to be
able to analyze the vision/double as essence and not only as a vacuous instance of
Session format: Series of papers followed by Q&A and final comments by a
We particularly welcome papers focusing on:
• The politics of double vision: vision as power / the anti-authoritarian gaze.
• The double as translation and interpretation.
• The double as a purposely inaccurate copy, a partial representation (pars pro
toto) or as means of taking the alien within.
• The double as failure and the impossibility of an exact replica.
• The influence of the double or the consequences of “double vision” for the
• Replicas that make possible the vision of something that is immaterial or
• The role of the double in our understanding of things by means of visualization.
• The importance of replication in constructing pasts (ancestor representation)
and futures (material projections of visions).
• The relationship between cloning and social reproduction as well as the
relationship between homogeneous material culture and individuation.
To submit a paper abstract (max 300 words) please email the session organizers by
March 8. Session organizers are responsible for selecting papers, and for sending the
complete session roster along with all paper abstracts and titles to the TAG-Chicago
committee by March 15, 2013.