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Double Vision: Imagines, Simulacra, Replicas

Posted by Alfredo Gonzalez Ruibal

A session at the US TAG 2013, Chicago
Co-organizers: Alicia Jiménez (alicia.jimenez(at)stanford.edu) and Alfredo
González-Ruibal (alfredo.gonzalez-ruibal(at)incipit.csic.es)


Archaeology leans heavily on typologies and similarities. Narratives about cultural change, the spreading of ideas and diasporas are often linked to things that look alike but belong to different chronological or geographical frames. Material connections between “centers” and “peripheries” are commonly traced by looking at provincial copies of models irradiated from the metropolis. And yet, despite the longstanding tradition of typological studies and analysis of the meaning of style variation (Wiessner, Sackett, Conkey & Hastorf), the role of imagines, simulacra and replicas in the transmission of culture is still relatively ill-defined from a theoretical point of view in archaeological research.

The papers in this session will explore theoretical approaches to an archaeology of the double and ask questions that help us to go beyond the original model/fake copy dilemma. By interrogating the materiality of the replica we hope to be able to analyze the vision/double as essence and not only as a vacuous instance of representation.

Session format: Series of papers followed by Q&A and final comments by a

We particularly welcome papers focusing on:
• The politics of double vision: vision as power / the anti-authoritarian gaze.
• The double as translation and interpretation.
• The double as a purposely inaccurate copy, a partial representation (pars pro toto) or as means of taking the alien within.
• The double as failure and the impossibility of an exact replica.
• The influence of the double or the consequences of “double vision” for the “model”.
• Replicas that make possible the vision of something that is immaterial or
• The role of the double in our understanding of things by means of visualization.
• The importance of replication in constructing pasts (ancestor representation) and futures (material projections of visions).
• The relationship between cloning and social reproduction as well as the
relationship between homogeneous material culture and individuation.

To submit a paper abstract (max 300 words) please email the session organizers by March 10. Session organizers are responsible for selecting papers, and for sending the complete session roster along with all paper abstracts and titles to the TAG-Chicago committee by March 15, 2013.

Website: http://tag2013.uchicago.edu/program.html

Alicia Jimenez