Capitalism and Cloves: A Critique of Historical Archaeology

Sarah K. Croucher, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Wesleyan University, and Weatherhead Resident Scholar

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm

Capitalism and Cloves: A Critique of Historical ArchaeologyCapitalism and Cloves: A Critique of Historical ArchaeologyColloquium by Sarah K. Croucher, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Wesleyan University, and Weatherhead Resident Scholar, April 20, 2011.Capitalism and Cloves: A Critique of Historical ArchaeologyColloquium by Sarah K. Croucher, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Wesleyan University, and Weatherhead Resident Scholar, April 20, 2011.

Working on historical archaeology in Eastern Africa raises questions as to how the narrative of Islamic plantations might be written into a global historical archaeology. The field of historical archaeology has grown up in the Americas specifically engaged with the task of investigating the colonial and industrial past of North America, the Caribbean, and the Atlantic World. This talk addresses the potential for changing taken-for-granted narratives in this field by writing Zanzibar back in to the archaeology of the modern world.

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