University of Virginia: Archaeology Brown-Bag Workshop

Archaeology Brown-Bag Workshops provide an informal, interdisciplinary venue for presentations of work in progress by students, faculty, and visiting scholars, and for discussion of developments in the recent archaeological literature. Light refreshments are served. Workshops convene more-or-less tri-weekly on Fridays at 4:00-5:30 in the conference room on the second floor of Brooks Hall, unless otherwise noted below.

Want to volunteer a talk or discussion topic? Email Adria LaViolette, or Fraser Neiman.
Dame Barbara Cartland and Sir Mortimer Wheeler attending a Brown Bag. c. 1965.
Dame Barbara Cartland and Sir Mortimer Wheeler, attending a Brown Bag, circa 1965.
Fall 2014 Schedule
Sept. 12
Predatory Commerce and Economic Disaster: A Cautionary Tale from the 17th-Century Indian Ocean Economy. Chapurukha Kusimba, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, American University.

Abstract My presentation will model and demonstrate the negative effects of commercial deregulation on global economies using data on the Indian Ocean economy over the past 500 years. I will present a "trading system" model to show how predatory behaviors and agents are selected in a deregulatory climate. These agents work to further reduce regulation while simultaneously intensifying short-term maximization, leading to long-term collapse and disaster for small-scale economies. This change is a departure from traditional network-centric organizations common in ethnic trading groups that emphasize self-regulation and self-limiting behaviors as survival strategies. I use archival, archaeological and archaeometric data, to show that in the long run, deregulation of the macro-economy in the 17th-century Indian Ocean proved disastrous for Asia and Africa.
Oct. 17 and 18
Special Event
Monticello Archaeology Open House In celebation of Virginia Archaeology Month, join the staff of Monticello's archaeology department for updates on their latest research, including walking tours of the the vanished Monticello Plantation landscape. The Woodland Pavilion at the Monticello Visitor's Center, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Workshop Schedule from Past Semesters
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