Invitation for IPPA 2022 Session 19 = Archaeology and Traumatic Times: Looking at Human Resiliency and Sustainability Through Archaeology in the Indo-Pacific

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michelle eusebio

Feb 28, 2022, 12:00:23 AMFeb 28

Dear friends and colleagues, 

I and Dr. Amy J. Jordan would like to invite you to consider presenting in a session related to the relevance of archaeology to contemporary times (e.g., sustainability, resilience, pandemic, calamities, catastrophes, climate change lifeways, food and foodways, practices, and crisis) for the upcoming 2022 Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA) Meetings in Chiang Mai, Thailand on November 6-12, 2022. This time, we expanded the coverage from the foodways related sessions that we successfully organized for the 2014 and 2018 IPPA Meetings. Below are the session title and description:

Archaeology and Traumatic Times: Looking at Human Resiliency and Sustainability Through Archaeology in the Indo-Pacific

Amy J. Jordan  (ASM Affiliates, California, USA) and Michelle S. Eusebio (College of Science, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines); Link:

Starting with calamities, such as the Taal volcanic eruption in the Philippines and the Australian bushfires, and moving into a global COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 produced a surfeit of global and local catastrophes. Archaeology, which provides long-term perspectives, is uniquely positioned to demonstrate how societies have previously adapted to catastrophes, such as climate change, pandemics, natural disasters, as well as economic and government collapse. This session aims to highlight multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches and case studies of resilience based on the archaeological and environmental records during traumatic times, when the way of life and material conditions are overwhelmingly interrupted. We welcome papers on how material culture, food and foodways, technology, indigenous knowledge and practices, as well as ritual behaviour helped (or hindered) the survival of people in the Indo-Pacific region during natural disasters (
e.g., earthquakes, disease, climate change, etc.) and/or social disasters (e.g., colonialism, economic collapse, etc.), as well as made them resilient and sustainable even after the crisis period.

Please submit your title and abstract on or before August 15, 2022 if interested to join us at Please choose “S19 Archaeology and Traumatic Times….. Indo-Pacific” for the session where the paper is going to be presented. Please feel free to disseminate this invitation to your colleagues. See you in Thailand! Thank you very much! 

With best regards,

Amy Jordan and Michelle S. Eusebio

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