As a continuation of “New Projects Month”, we bring you an interview with three collaborators who worked on the original film-work, “Sēmata (Signs)” that appears in “An Archaeology of Disability”, curated by David Gissen, Jennifer Stager, and Mantha Zarmakoupi for the Biennale Architettura 2021. Actor Christopher Tester, voice actor Pia Hargrove, and creative consultant Caroline Cerilli reflect on the inspirations and hopes behind their work on the film, and what “An Archaeology of Disability” teaches us, both about people in the past and about ourselves in today’s world.
In our second instalment of our New Projects Series for the month of May, we bring you an interview with Grace Erny, member of the Archaeology After School team. Here she tells us all about their new pilot project to provide a free enrichment program focused on Greek archaeology and cultural heritage for middle school and high school students.
In our second Earth Day post, Dr. Alan Farahani, Anthropological Archaeologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, discusses the goals and methodologies behind the study of ancient plant remains to understand human-environmental relations.
In the first instalment of our “Unknown Peoples” series, Steve Renette, Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at UBC, outlines the history of scholarly approaches to studying the “Mountain Peoples” of the Zagros. He explores how attitudes towards these Mountain Peoples have changed over time, and how his own fieldwork in this region is uncovering previously misunderstood lifeways of these peoples.