“I could feel your heart”: The transformative and collaborative power of heartfelt thinking in archaeology

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Abstract

As anthropologists we know that the heart is considered a source of strength in many cultures. Yet in Western society and the culture of science, the heart is generally feminized and, as a consequence, devalued. Guided by feminist and Indigenous theory, I have established an archaeological practice that foregrounds heartfelt thinking as part of community-based heritage work. Importantly, I strive to train the next generation of archaeology professionals to recognize the role of the heart in promoting an effective multivocal research perspective. There are many challenges to such an approach, not least of which is the perception that inclusive and reflexive practice is a sign of weakness. This chapter reviews personal challenges I have experienced in operationalizing an epistemology of the heart. I explore why it is imperative to overcome these problems to reinvent the discipline of archaeology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchaeologies of the Heart
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages69-81
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783030363505
ISBN (Print)9783030363499
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Community-based archaeology
  • Multivocal archaeology
  • Pedagogy
  • Reflexive practice

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