Erudition in the Throes of Trauma: Therapeutic heritage and the educational applicability of archaeology within Buhaya, Tanzania

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Anthony Medina
Date and Time: 
Monday, January 28, 2013 - 12:00pm

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)


Following research conducted in Bukoba, Tanzania, this Brown Bag will highlight the Haya people’s contemporary revitalization of ancient Bacwezi sites in the face of a consumptive AIDs pandemic. As AIDs continues to ravage social structures of Haya communities, the active conservation of local heritage takes on an unprecedented urgency. The presentation will center on matters such as the need for emphasizing therapeutic use values of heritage sites within ‘trauma-cultures,’ the intersections of archaeology and education, and the oftentimes problematic implications of taking for granted universalist UNESCO frameworks.


Anthony Emmanuel Medina is a first-year PhD student in the archaeology track at Stanford University. He received his BA in anthropology and English from the University of Florida in 2012. For two years, he has worked in archaeological sites located within Tanzania and Uganda, and has contributed to the organization of numerous museums within Haya communities. His current research focuses on engendering stronger interconnections between education, archaeology, and heritage, as well as understanding the potential for heritage sites to serve as locally-mediated therapeutic tools in the process of recovering from traumatic cultural events.

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