Three Things Thursday: Dissertations, Epoiesen, and Some Poetry

It’s almost mid-term season here and I’m eagerly awaiting the semester to enter its second half and start its long, springtime slide to completion. To help things along, I’m starting to make summer plans and, more importantly, try to wrap up a few wintertime projects before taking my usual early summer break for fieldwork, recovery, and new data. 

This week’s Three Things Thursday will focus on some simmering projects that are just about to reach a boil.

Thing the First

A number of readers asked me for more complete citations for my piece yesterday on Indian residential and boarding schools. I promise that is coming in the future (ideally by next week!), but for now I’d like to highlight a pair of dissertations and a master’s thesis that are really outstanding work and that have influenced my thinking about how archaeology (broadly construed) contributes to making visible thing at sites designed to promote the appearance of order and suppress evidence for resistance.

I found Davina Ruth Two Bears’s 2020 Berkeley dissertation “Shimásání dóó shicheii bi’ólta’ – My Grandmother’s and Grandfather’s School: The Old Leupp Boarding School, A Historic Archaeological Site on the Navajo Reservation” not only helpful, but also inspiring. Katherine Lyndsay Nichols’ University of Manitoba master’s thesis: “Investigation of Unmarked Graves and Burial Grounds at the Brandon Indian Residential School,” is remarkable work for a student at the MA level and shows the potential of collaboration between First Nation tribes and researchers on a very basic and grassroots level.

Finally, while this dissertation does involve Indian schools, Kaniqua L. Robinson’s 2018 dissertation at the University of South Florida, “The Performance of Memorialization: Politics of Memory and Memory-Making at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.” She builds on the work of the USF led team who documented the unrecorded burials of Black children at the Dozier School for Boys in South Florida. Her dissertation not only summarizes much of that work, but also considers past and future memorial practices at his site.

Thing the Second

We’re slowly getting together Epoiesen volume 5. For those who don’t know about Epoiesen (and you really should!), it is a relatively new journal edited by Shawn Graham at Carleton University in Ottawa and it has really gained momentum in its fifth year. I’m especially honored to have TWO pieces in the most recent gaggle of contributions. The first is “Hearing Corwin Hall: The Archaeology of Anxiety on an American University Campus” with Michael Wittgraf and Wyatt Atchley and the second is a response to a pair of poems on Pompeii that I developed over the last few weeks on my blog while struggling with COVID recovery. 

Each year, I typeset the digital journal to give it pagination and ideally to expand its reach to people who just really prefer paper. One of the most interesting aspects of this is working with our cover template where we include a single panel visual essay. Here’s the cover for Epoiesen volume 5:

Cover Epoiesen5 DigitalFinal6x9

Thing the Third

North Dakota Quarterly 89.1/2 is almost ready for production and I’m chasing down the last few permissions and manuscripts these days. It should be a pretty cool collection with not only the usual poetry, essays, and fiction, but also a special section dedicated to translation. As we live in a world where groups and individuals often struggle to recognize one another’s shared humanity, translation offers a window into the communicative process where it becomes possible to build bridges. 

Over the last few months, I’ve been posting some content from the last issue of the Quarterly (88.3/4), but I really look forward to sharing material from the next issue soon! 

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