Nathaniel Parker VanValkenburgh
Grant TypeWorkshop Grant
Institutional AffiliationBrown U.
Grant numberGr. CONF-873
Approve DateOctober 8, 2021
Project TitleVanValkenburgh, Nathaniel (Brown U.) "Deep Displacement: Excavating Histories of Migration and Settlement"
Deep Displacement will bring together thirteen archaeologists for a two-day workshop examining the political dimensions of migration and settlement, bridging the ancient world with the present day. Through studies focused on imperial deportation in the ancient Near East; Indigenous resettlement in late Prehispanic and colonial Latin America; Native mobility and settler colonialism in colonial North America; Black enslavement and marronage in the Atlantic world; and the archaeology of empire and partition in South Asia, participants will consider the constitutive relationships between settlement and migration, trace the development of hegemonic regimes of mobility, and draw on the past to envision alternative futures. Deep Displacement will complement an ongoing exhibit at the Haffenreffer Museum (“Transient Matter”), build links to migrant justice organizations in Providence, and lead to a book edited by co-organizers Parker VanValkenburgh (Brown, Anthropology) and Melissa Rosenzweig (Northwestern University).