The Irish Diaspora, Class Inequalities, and Community Collaboration

Making Archaeology Relevant in the Modern World

for Dr Stephen A Brighton's talk on the Irish diaspora

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 P.M., Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall, Montclair State University*

The last two decades have witnessed archaeology’s increasing concern about its position and relevance in the modern world. This dilemma was the catalyst for the widespread practice of public outreach and education. To date the impact of public archaeology, although positive, has not been as great as one would have wished. In light of this, the discipline is currently undergoing another transformation. Recent developments demonstrate the potential for the knowledge produced through archaeological inquiries to be part of the discourse concerning contemporary social issues and public policy. To do so, archaeologists must collaborate with communities where their work will have a direct impact. Moreover, and perhaps more importantly, our outreach and research agendas need to be theoretically informed by applied anthropology. The idea that archaeology needs to move beyond the ideology of stewardship and toward a more active environment structures Dr. Brighton’s presentation discussing applied archaeology and community collaboration concerning the Irish Diaspora in the United States and Ireland.

Dr. Stephen A. Brighton is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. His focus is historical archaeology, or the archaeology of the modern world, with research interests in the material culture of labor, immigration, and diaspora. His main research centers on the Irish Diaspora, both in the United States and Ireland. His work has been featured in top tiered archaeology journals and he is the author of one of the first books on the material culture of the Irish Diaspora – An Historical Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora: A Transnational Approach. Dr. Brighton is a licensed archaeologist in Ireland and currently directs a field school on the Irish Diaspora in Skibbereen, County Cork.

*Parking available in Red Hawk Deck. Exit to Dickson from Level Five.

Further information: 973-655-3479 or 973-655-7420, rennert@mail.montclair.edu

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