a person wiser than myself that I should be a bit more forthcoming about where I am at and why. He is right. This blog exists mostly to toss my random ideas out there, but if any of them stick on anyone I would like them to get in touch. So here it is folks:
In the past month I have received my PhD in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and I have moved to the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow. I am now working with Simon Mackenzie, Neil Brodie, and Suzie Thomas on that well-funded Illicit Antiquities/Criminal Networks project that people have been buzzing about.
I've been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship and a Core Fulbright Scholar Award to do this. Geographically, I will be focusing on Latin America with a bit of a weight on Andean South America (although I have been thinking a lot about Panama and Costa Rica and love Belize with all my heart). Everything is in the earliest of stages for me, but my work is set to focus on the trickle down of national and international antiquities protection law to communities who actually come in contact with and, at times, manage, the ancient past.
More broadly, the project will have a website quite soon and you will be able to find out more there. Until then I am very eager to get in touch with people who have ideas and opinions about all this. I know that there will, no doubt, be backlash from certain sectors but I sincerely hope that the various interest groups can come together on this one. I'm really interested in hearing from dealers and collectors, even if my work probably won't come very close to you all very often. As valid stakeholders in all this, your ideas and opinions matter. I suppose what I am saying is that I am not in this to pick fights, rather I am here to learn.
Hopefully this will be exciting and great. The people I am working with are truly amazing (and quite a lot of fun) and I can't imagine where I would rather be.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
|The Lost World (1925): |
Silent Film, South America, and Dinos. YES Please!
Amazoniana. That is what this is.
Last night I watched the 1941 film The Lady Eve for the first time. The real treat was the intro. For the first few minutes of the film we see Henry Fonda's character leaving the Amazon after a year. He is a wealthy heir to brewing money but his true passion lies with snakes... South American snakes of course.
|Gordon Willey: how can we compete with that style?|
Aside from the weird Polynesian image being used to represent a native Amazonian female, there is a very interesting sexual thing going on here. The Amazonian female is both a sexual object, perfect for field flings, but ultimately discardable when one returns to reality. She is also not a 'real' woman. She was never even close to a marriage prospect so she doesn't even qualify in conversation. She is Female. She isn't a Woman. No one questions it. In 1941 I suppose this idea wasn't problematic.
I wonder if things have changed very much. How do Western eyes REALLY view the bare-breasted Amazonian female in your standard National Geographic photo spread? The darker parts of me think that she is still a sexually charged curiosity above anything else.
I'm sure none of you every want to watch a film with me ever again!
EDIT: Thanks to archive.org you can watch all of the The Lost World! http://archive.org/details/lost_world