Anthropology Brown Bag Series, "Ancient Forests and Dearly Departed Ships (or, How to Summon Answers from Dead Wood)"
Department of Anthropology
Spring 2017 Brown Bag Series
Ancient Forests and Dearly Departed Ships (or, How to Summon Answers from Dead Wood)
Dr. Sara Rich
Department of Art
Appalachian State University
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Anne Belk Hall, Room 116
As architectural objects, wooden ships and boats are essentially forests that have been refashioned to move across water. Demanding answers from this fundamentally shared material -- wood -- means that researchers can peer into the remote lives of ships and, if we can think of shipwrecks as dead ships, into their afterlives too. Drawing from scientific, philosophical, and artistic processes, this talk will present methods developed in the East Mediterranean and North Atlantic for interrogating the inanimate but knowledgeable entities of shipwrecks, forest landscapes, and soggy old bits of wood.
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