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Collaboration, collaborators, and conflict: ethics, engagement, and archaeological practice

Author(s): Audrey Horning

Year: 2017

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Collaboration in contemporary archaeological parlance principally refers to active engagement with one or more selected groups of stakeholders and co-producers of knowledge. But knowledge is always produced for a purpose, and collaboration, or to be a ‘collaborator’ in conflict settings implies an allegiance, often deceitful, to one cause or another. When embedding archaeology in conflict transformation activities, being seen as a ‘collaborator’, or partisan, can actively work against the aims of peacebuilding. Drawing upon experience in conflict transformation within post-Troubles Northern Ireland (where the term collaborator has very negative connotations), issues of ethics and positionality are considered, and an alternative terminology for embedding archaeology in peacebuilding activity is posited.


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Collaboration, collaborators, and conflict: ethics, engagement, and archaeological practice. Audrey Horning. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431544)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14948

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