AIA_New_logo_300May 16, 2017 Lecture
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Dinner:                      5:30 PM

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Meeting:                   7:15 PM
Lecture:                    7:30 PM

Local Speaker: Justin St. P. Walsh
Subject: “
To Boldly Go Where No Archaeologist Has Gone Before”: An Archaeological Investigation of a Human Habitation Site in Space

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“To Boldly Go Where No Archaeologist Has Gone Before”: An Archaeological Investigation of a Human Habitation Site in Space
Justin St. P. Walsh
Associate Professor of Art, Chapman University

Since the turn of the millennium, archaeologists have turned their attention to new and unusual spheres of human activity - especially contemporary activity. This presentation will introduce the first large-scale archaeological project on a site in space, a study of the International Space Station, which has been continuously occupied since November 2000. For decades, scientists have studied the physiological and psychological effects of space travel, including the confinement and isolation that are part of that experience, in an effort to develop procedures for long-duration missions to Mars and elsewhere. We will complement that work with an understanding of the society and culture created by astronauts, using archaeological (and other social science) techniques. Among our questions: How do astronauts from different nations (and different traditions of training and engineering) build and maintain a joint culture? How does microgravity affect the development of the ISS's society and culture? Are spaces or tools used in ways that diverge from their originally planned functions? Are there gendered spaces, or hierarchical spaces, within the ISS? This project is a joint investigation of Dr. Justin Walsh (Chapman University) and Dr. Alice Gorman (Flinders University, Australia).


Justin Walsh is Associate Professor with the Department of Art at Chapman University, and holds his degrees from the University of Virginia (Ph.D.), the University of Minnesota, and Vanderbilt University.  His fields of research are the art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world in the Iron Age, daily life, economy and colonization in classical antiquity, and the archaeologyof space exploration.  He is currently directing the Chapman Excavations at Cástulo (Spain), a collaborative project with the Spanish team Siglo XXI en Cástulo; he is also developing an archaeological investigation of the International Space Station in collaboration with Dr. Alice Gorman (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia).  He has received numerous fellowships, including a Rome Prize and a Fulbright Grant to Greece.  Professor Walsh's main publication include Consumerism in the Ancient World: Imports and Identity Construction (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies 17, Routledge Press, 2014).

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