Opinion Pieces

OPINION PIECE: Why do archaeologists hate fun?

And historians, and scholars in general. Why do they all hate fun? Or perhaps, more accurately, why do they lack imagination? Why do we dig our heels in and insist that anything that challenges our views couldn't possibly exist? And if an academic is open to a non-mainstream thought, they're immediately black-balled by the academic community. I think more than many other disciplines, archaeology and history are inundated with amateurs who wish to partake in the field without the "proper educational background." But this lack of an educational background actually creates a much more open-minded interpretation of the evidence. 

OPINION PIECE: Can Feng Shui be Applied to Exhibit Design?

For those that aren’t New Age Hippies like me, Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy of harmonizing with your environment. Calculations and formulas balance the invisible force of the universe (or qi). Feng Shui has been used to orient buildings and design homes. Even the Skeptic Encyclopedia concedes it is rational to wish to harmonize with your environment. And my philosophy is: what could it hurt?

OPINION PIECE: Genocide, Colonialism, and Museums

As archaeologists we dug up African countrysides and left nothing but holes in the ground as we carted off their greatest treasures to our museums. As anthropologists we used human samples to make determinations about racial differences (which, to the surprise of no one, suggested that whites were the superior race). As curators, we put those relics from other nations behind glass and profited off them while those nations suffered.

OPINION PIECE: Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism is a term relating to science fiction - it’s the genre seen in Marvel’s Black Panther. A science fiction aesthetic rooted in the black experience – both in Africa and around the world. It also combines elements of fantasy and history as well. Usually afrofuturism has the goal of reframing a political narrative.