It is that wonderful and relaxing time of the year when I have to apply for funds for future projects. This means that it is time to update the CV as well and add the most recent publications that are either in print, in press or accepted for publication. This also gives me reason to update the list of publications on the blog. Here are three new articles on Posthumanocentric archaeology that just have not made it into the press yet:
2009b Maya chaosmos: 2600 years on the cave’s path. Acta Americana 17(2): ??-??
This article is basically an overview of my current project. It was originally presented at a conference on Amerindian cosmologies in Copenhagen in 2008. It should be published in mid February. The title of the article is of course related to Freidel and others classic book from 1993 (Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman’s Path). Here I launch the concept of chaosmos. Chaosmos is neither chaos (primordial disorder) nor cosmos (order imposed on primordial chaos from an outside/transcendent source) (Deleuze and Guattari 1987). Chaosmos is an immanent process where order emerges from self-organization and disorder is the breakup of structure. A chaosmological perspective differs from a cosmological in the sense that the latter focus on predefined and formed cosmograms and the former emphasizes the connections between properties that create an emergent form. I focus one of those features often discussed in Maya cosmology: the cave.
2010a Involutions of materiality: Operationalizing a neo-materialist perspective through the causeways of Ichmul and Yo’okop, Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 17(3):??-??
This peer-reviewed article is my most important article so far and will hopefully be published in issue # 3 this year. It primarily discusses Deleuze’s and DeLanda’s attempts to replace the Aristotelian idea of the general and the specific with universal singularities and individual singularities (haecceities). The causeways at Ichmul and Yo’okop are used in order to show how we can move from a typological and geometrical view of causeways and other materialities to a populationist and topological view.
2010b Face/Off: A neomaterialist study of the Face. The Archaeology of Senses. F. Fahlander and A. Kjellström, eds.??-??. Stockholm: Stockholm University.
This anthology does not have a proper name yet but it will be published in the fall. It is the result of the workshop held at Stockholm University last year. My contribution will discuss Deleuze and Guattari’s concepts of the Face, regime of signs and the war machine in relation to the defacement of royal faces in monumental art. The title is inspired by the 1997 movie featuring Travolta and Cage.