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Why Classics Needs Anthropology

Author(s): Ivy Faulkner

Year: 2016

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While it is true that theoretical advancements are slow to cross disciplinary boundaries, when disciplines by necessity overlap, it seems almost willfull ignorance that perpetuates old frameworks. For example, it has been over thirty years now that anthropology and colonial studies have come to terms with the complexities of identity in colonial contexts and yet scholars in related disciplines, such as Classics, still argue over which label imposed by colonizers should be used for which indigenous group in particular areas. What is the utility of these types of discussions? Rather, it is essential that more scholars look towards interdisciplinary methods in order to advance our overall understanding of colonial encounters in the past. Therefore, this paper looks to address specifically how anthropological theories on colonialism can and should be applied to the study of culture contact and colonization in the Classical world.

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Why Classics Needs Anthropology. Ivy Faulkner. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404065)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America