O. Hugo Benavides

Grant Type

Conference Grant

Institutional Affiliation

U. Catolica de Temuco

Grant number

Gr. CONF-763

Approve Date

August 22, 2017

Project Title

Benavides, Dr. O. Hugo, Fordham U., New York, NY - To aid '9th Meeting of Archaeological Theory in South America (TAAS),' 2018, Ibarra, Ecuador, in collaboration with Dr. Daniella Jofre and Dr. Daniela Balanzategui

Preliminary abstract: The South America Theoretical Archaeology meeting or TAAS (Teor’_a Arqueol’_gica de AmÌ©rica del Sur) is based on the collective reflection of Latin American archaeologists about the situation and projection of archaeological theory and practice in the Southern Hemisphere. This 9th version will focus on issues of gender, sexuality, race and local ancestral communities, specifically to address and look into challenging the patriarchal, homophobic and racist undertones that have historically permeated archaeological research in Latin America.

The 9th TAAS will bring together around 500 participants from throughout the Americas to discuss how to better critically engage race, sexuality and indigenous issues that are central to the continent’s archaeological heritage. To this effect, particular emphasis has been placed on inviting local Afro-American (continentally-speaking) and ancestral community members, as well as, highlighting female and queer archaeological theoretical insights and contributions. Finally, the meeting will also emphasize recruiting undergraduate and graduate archaeology and anthropology students throughout the continent to engage in these discussions on race and sexuality in Latin American archaeology, to hopefully contribute into changing the current hegemonic discourses of the discipline in the region.