Vortrag: Creative disruption in archaeology – reflexive or thoughtless?

Auf der CAA International Tagung (Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference) zum Thema ›Human history and digital future‹, die vom 19. bis 23.3. in Tübingen stattfinden wird, halte ich einen Vortrag zu disruptiven Technologien in der Archäologie:

Creative disruption in Central European archaeology – reflexive or thoughtless?

Archaeology in its theory, method and practice is strongly influenced by general concepts and paradigms which are perpetuated over a long time by archaeological schools. The question whether or not archaeologists are aware of this influence is an important one, which has, for a long time, been completely underestimated. RĄCZKOWSKI recently introduced the classification of “thoughtless” archaeology and reflexive archaeology in order to emphasize the individual archaeologist behind the theories, paradigms and schools.* In which of these two categories will the archaeology, driven by creative disruption, fit? Will this be a new, more reflexive approach on archaeological theory and practice? One might assume this, since creativity and reflexivity are concepts that are linked with each other regularly in the innovation theory. But from the historical lessons we’ve learned in the past century, new methods and tools introduced to archaeology don’t necessarily mean a shift of the scientific paradigms. So focusing especially on 3D documentation and visualizing technologies, used in Central European archaeology, we will have a closer look at how individual archaeologists handle the novel digital applications on the one hand and their theoretical background on the other hand. Does this happen in a reflexive or thoughtless way?


*) RĄCZKOWSKI, WŁODZIMIERZ: The “German School of Archaeology” in its Central European Context: Sinful Thoughts, in: Gramsch, Alexander – Sommer, Ulrike (Ed.), A History Central European Archaeology. Theory, Methods, and Politics, Budapest 2011, 197-214.

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