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Alicia Jimenez and Thea De Armond presenting at Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, Chicago


Acting Assistant Professor of Classics at Stanford, Alicia Jiménez, co-organizer, with Alfredo González-Ruibal, of the session “Double vision: imagines, simulacra, replicas” on Friday, May 10, 9.00-12.00.  
Double vision: imagines, simulacra, replicas
Archaeology leans heavily on typologies and similarities. Narratives about cultural change, the spreading of ideas and diasporas are often linked to things that look alike but belong to different chronological or geographical frames. Material connections between “centres” and “peripheries” are commonly traced by looking at provincial copies of models irradiated from the metropolis. And yet, despite the longstanding tradition of typological studies and analysis of the meaning of style variation (Wiessner, Sackett, Conkey & Hastorf), the role of imagines, simulacra and replicas in the transmission of culture is still relatively ill-defined from a theoretical point of view in archaeological research.
The papers in this session will explore theoretical approaches to an archaeology of the double and ask questions that help us to go beyond the original model/fake copy dilemma. By interrogating the materiality of the replica we hope to be able to analyse the vision/double as essence and not only as vacuous instance of representation. Thea De Armond, a current Stanford Classics graduate student, will be giving a presentation entitled "Beauty and Truth? Casts, Copies, and Classical Statues."
Session format: Series of papers followed by Q&A and final comments by a discussant. We particularly welcome papers focusing on:
  • The politics of double vision: vision as power / the anti-authoritarian gaze.
  • The double as translation and interpretation.
  • The double as a purposely inaccurate copy, a partial representation (pars pro toto) or as means of taking the alien within.
  • The double as failure and the impossibility of an exact replica.
  • The influence of the double or the consequences of “double vision” for the “model”.
  • Replicas that make possible the vision of something that is immaterial or absent.
  • The role of the double in our understanding of things by means of visualization.
  • The importance of replication in constructing pasts (ancestor representation) and futures (material projections of visions).
  • The relationship between cloning and social reproduction as well as the relationship between homogeneous material culture and individuation.
More info about the TAG conference: http://tag2013.uchicago.edu/program.html