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An Exercise in Epistemic Disobedience: Implementing De-colonial Methods at the Site of Portobelo, Panamá

Author(s): Marguerite De Loney

Year: 2014

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It has been argued by many post-colonial theorists that in order to understand identity formation processes within repressive contexts, both in an historically colonial moment and a contemporary post-colonial one, we must locate and critically analyze those formative years in colonial history that gave rise to modern cultural forms, and have simultaneously shaped our perception of those forms, internally and externally. However, we must not only critique empire, but think beyond it, to a border thinking by way of the colonial experience and memory. In other words, we must choose the de-colonial option of epistemic disobedience. Using the context of the site of Portobelo, Panamá as an example, this paper will discuss why there is a need for a practice in de-colonial methods in Latin American historical archaeology and present what an archaeological practice in epistemic disobedience may entail.


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An Exercise in Epistemic Disobedience: Implementing De-colonial Methods at the Site of Portobelo, Panamá. Marguerite De Loney. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436867)


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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