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SHARING The Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers

An interdisciplinary conference bringing together archaeologists and anthropologists to engage in a discussion concerning the study of hunting and gathering societies in the past and in the present.
When Sep 20, 2016 08:00 AM to
Sep 21, 2016 06:00 PM
Where McDonald Institute Seminar Room
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Organised by David Friesem, (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge) and Noa Lavi (Department of Anthropology, University of Haifa and visiting at the Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge).

Aims

The aim of the conference is bringing together archaeologists and anthropologists to engage in a discussion concerning the study of hunter-gatherers societies in the past and in the present. In particular, we wish to re-open and re-examine the well-known concept of ‘sharing’ as a practice, notion and experience which hold meanings far beyond the mere distribution of meat or material goods. Being first and foremost a practice, sharing can be more easily observed and studied. Its significant value to us as researchers lies in its ability to open a window to more intangible aspects of life such as sociality, values, relationships and social, self and environmental perceptions. People share food and objects as well as time, knowledge, beliefs, rituals, work, help, spaces, actions, their selves and more. The idea of sharing (coupled with the notion of non-sharing) is ever present in the everyday of the people we call hunter-gatherers. It shapes relations and decisions, dwelling environments, patterns of use of space and material cultures.

The conference is also supported by the International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research (ISHGR) - http://ishgr.org/

 

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Registration is now closed. Please contact df360@cam.ac.uk to find out if places are still available

 

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