Thought this would be as good a time as any to reflect on the first 6 months of my sabbatical in terms of achievements and what needs to happen.
NEWS: Currently finishing 2nd galley proofs of Oxford University Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World, which I’m co-editing with Paul Graves-Brown and Rodney Harrison and will be hot off the presses in September. Wrote a review of REWIND: British Artists’ Video of the 1970s and 80s for the journal Screen, which has been accepted and will be in the autumn issue. Sy Taffel passed his PhD with very minor corrections (Sean Cubitt and Mark Jackson, examiners) and has just landed a job in NZ. Congratulations!
RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS: Gave a research colloquium in February at UBC, on my Olympics work. Gave a paper on ‘Community archaeology, media and the politics of participation in the UK’ at the Canadian Archaeological Association conference in Whistler, BC in May. http://caacommunityarchaeology2013.wordpress.com/ Currently preparing this for publication in a special volume of the Canadian Journal of Archaeology, edited by Andrew Martindale and Natasha Lyons.
PRODUCTIVE MARGINS: I organized Vancouver roundtable discussions on 6 April @ Carnegie Centre and 4 July @ Whet. Attended the 11 April Forum in Bristol and am currently working with Penny Evans and Sue Cohen on the October Forum at Knowle West Media Centre. Things may be moving in a grantwardly direction but that depends on the energies and interests of people in Vancouver.
UNIVERSITY OF LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: Spoke about this at the Canadian Archaeological Association and for a Global Social Practice class I gave for Am Johal and Kristen Broekman, at Simon Fraser University. Currently drafting this as a co-written paper with Penny Evans.
THEORY IN THE PUBLIC EYE: In moment of clarity, completely rewrote my chapter for Andrew Gardner’s Oxford University Handbook of Archaeological Theory. Online publication by December; book out in the Spring of 2014.
KNOW YOUR BRISTOL: Spoke about this at the Canadian Archaeological Association and for a Global Social Practice class I gave for Am Johal and Kristen Broekman, at Simon Fraser University. Co-wrote a paper on this with Pete Insole, which will be published in Archäologische Informationen by the end of the year. Collaborated on a subsequent bid with Robert Bickers to produce Know Your Bristol on the move. Submitted at the beginning of July to AHRC.
GROUPS: In September, I’m joining the UBC Behavioural Ethics Research Board. In June I joined Colin Browne’s (SFU) AVBC community, which brings together people from the education institutions, public sector archives, broadcasters, museums and artist organizations to focus on BC’s vulnerable film and video archives.
RESEARCH STUDENTS: Both Greg Bailey (practice-based research – Archaeological Views: perception, reception and screen practice) and Molly Niu (Digital compositing in contemporary popular cinema: aesthetics, network and transnational practice) will be submitting their MLitt/PhD upgrade documentation in December. I’m looking forward to starting work with Vesna Lukic (a practice-based documentary video project about WW2’s Klodovo Transport and the landscape of the Danube) and Sarah Farman (a practice-based performance/documentary project about the Spanish Colonial horse and constructions of the American West).
TEACHING: I contributed to Andrew Martindale’s Graduate Seminar at UBC, which tasked the students with devising and running an anthropology debate at the Museum of Anthropology. I contributed to Charles Menzies’ Ethnographic Filmmaking class at UBC by talking about documentary film and the archaeological imagination. I contributed to Am Johal and Kirsten Broekman’s Global Social Arts class at SFU, by giving a seminar on ethics and participatory practices.