Enduring and Elusive Freedoms SHA 2022 Conference on Historical & Underwater Archaeology

Wed Jan 05 2022 at 09:00 am to Sat Jan 08 2022 at 05:00 pm

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown | Philadelphia

The Society for Historical Archaeology
Publisher/HostThe Society for Historical Archaeology
Enduring and Elusive Freedoms SHA 2022 Conference on Historical & Underwater Archaeology
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? SHA 2022 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology
? Philadelphia, PA @ Marriot Downtown
? January 5-8, 2022
The Society for Historical Archaeology’s 2022 conference committee invites you to join us in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for our annual conference on historical and underwater archaeology. The 2022 SHA conference will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on January 5-8, 2022.
Philadelphia is located at the confluence of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. Home to the Lenape, in the 17th century the Delaware Valley was a contested ground, claimed by the Dutch, Swedes, and English. In 1682, William Penn, an English Quaker, established the city that would grow to be the largest in colonial North America. Philadelphia has a long and storied history. It was the site of the First and Second Continental Congresses, served briefly as the national capital (1790-1800), weathered a devastating Yellow Fever epidemic in 1793, and was home, long before the Civil War, to a sizeable free African American community. Indeed, the African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in Philadelphia at the beginning of the 19th century. A city of immigrants and industries, and home to numerous cultural, intellectual, and educational organizations, Philadelphia has been called the “Athens of America.”
Modern Philadelphia is a vibrant, multi-cultural world city. Home to the Phillies and the Eagles, the famous Mummer’s Parade, and of course cheese steaks and Gritty*. It is also one of the birthplaces of North American historical archaeology. John Cotter taught the first course in Historical Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960, and Philadelphia and its environs have long been a living laboratory, studied by faculty and students from the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, numerous CRM firms and, of late, the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum.
This year’s theme, “Enduring and Elusive Freedoms,” reflects Philadelphia’s place in American history as a center of patriotic activity during the American Revolution (at least when the British weren’t occupying the city) and its critical role in the abolition movement. At the same time, our theme recognizes that the lofty ideals put forward two-and-a-half centuries ago remain imperfectly realized. The fight for liberty, freedom, and equality is not a single event, but a continuing process. Historical archaeology, as history from the ground up, has much to add to this discussion and is a powerful tool for revealing and addressing injustices past and present. While the conference committee encourages papers on all forms of historical and underwater archaeology, we especially encourage papers that speak to the conference theme. Presentations by students, both undergraduate and graduate, are particularly welcome.
You can learn more about SHA 2022 at: sha.org/conferences
*For those unfamiliar with Gritty, he is the mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers. Standing seven feet tall, he is orange and shaggy with googly eyes. He also has a bit of an attitude.
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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Philadelphia, United States

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