Spring Class: Historical Archaeologies & Material Modernity

Historical Archaeologies and Material Modernity is a graduate seminar class offered by Prof. Nathan Acebo for students interested in developing an understanding of advanced theory and method in the diverse subfields of Historical archaeology and material culture studies. Rather than focusing on specific time periods, these archaeologies are connected by their concern for how material dimensions of colonization, capitalism and precarity shape modernity, and how marginalized communities challenge these cultural structures. This class will cover topics including archival bias, diaspora, enslavement and emancipation, rebellions, class, violence, consumerism, acculturation, gender, race/ethnicity, and the evolving space of new materialist perspectives. Undergraduates are welcome to participate under a modified reading load.

Description of Prof. Nathan Acebo's Spring 2024 semester course, Historical Archaeologies & Material Modernity