Archaeology as Spectacle

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Modernist Studies Association, Modernism and Spectacle (Las Vegas)
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CFP MSA XIV Las Vegas, NV October 18-21, 2012 Archaeology & Spectacle

The modern era witnessed an unprecedented display of archaeological artifacts, the establishment and success of museums as repositories of history, and an increase in cultural tourism. This panel invites essays that explore the variety of avenues to public display/spectacle for archaeological and cultural artifacts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For example, in Holger Hoock's Empires of the Imagination, insight into a century of British organization of the past reveals how historic symbols are crucial to presentation of national cohesion. Public-private constructions of culture increased with state involvement in the 19th century, as processes to recover artifacts of antiquity for public display reflected a network of British pride. Scholars from all disciplines and approaches welcome. Send abstracts (approx 250 words) to by February 28th, 2012.