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2. Shooting Ourselves in the Foot: A Personal Take on the Political


 
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1. Title Title of document 2. Shooting Ourselves in the Foot: A Personal Take on the Political - Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Chloë Duckworth; Newcastle University; United Kingdom
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Islamicate archaeology; contemporary discourse; the Other; European cultural heritage
 
5. Subject Subject classification Islamic Archaeology; Islamic History
 
6. Description Abstract The discipline of archaeology has a long history of remaining silent about the political, in the name of objectivity. In spite of repeated pleas for us to engage more meaningfully with public dialogues that use our evidence, the majority of academic archaeologists remain wary of doing so, lest we face accusations of bias. Yet the perceived neutral ‘backdrop’ to European archaeology serves a particular agenda around what Europe is, and who should be included in (and excluded from) it. In an idea of Europe that has been constructed largely in opposition to an ‘Islamic East’, this means that Islamicate archaeology and cultural heritage must always be framed as Other. In this scenario, the ‘silent violence’ of academics is in fact deeply political, as it contributes to the maintenance of a status quo that has little to do with past realities, and obscures their true complexity, impoverishing
our understanding of the past itself, and diluting its relevance to the present day.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Feb-2022
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/36071
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.36071
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd