Heritage on the Move: The Archaeology of Migrants in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century Western United States
Event Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 3:00pm
Room 2141K Tydings Hall
Please join us for the talk “Heritage on the Move: The Archaeology of Migrants in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century Western United States” given by Stacey Camp, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University and the Director of MSU's Campus Archaeology Program. The talk will take place next Wednesday, November 29th at 3:00 PM in Tydings 2141k. ***Please note the new location for this one talk in the series.***
Dr. Camp is the second speaker for the 2017–2018 UMD Heritage Lectures series, co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Program in Historic Preservation. She is author of The Archaeology of Citizenship (2013, UP Florida). She also directed a state archaeological repository in Idaho while serving as a faculty member for 9 years at the University of Idaho. Her current research project examines the archaeology of a World War II Japanese American internment camp in Idaho.
The talk considers mobility as a defining characteristic of labor in the historic American West. Historical archaeologists have tended to privilege landscapes of permanence for long term study, but the story of American citizenship and labor is one of mobility and movement. Mobility refers to the physical movement of migrants leaving their homeland in search of labor, but also to the forced migrations required of migrants due to labor and xenophobia. Mobility can also be seen in archaeological assemblages and toolkits that migrants intentionally curated in preparation for movement. I will look at narratives and archaeological data concerning the mobility of laborers, with a focus on Mexican, Chinese, and Japanese migrants living in the late 19th and early 20th century Western United States.