Theme for the 2020 Conference

The theme for the 17th Biennial Southwest Symposium Conference is “Thinking Big: New Approaches to Synthesis and Partnership in the Southwest/Northwest.” Paper/poster sessions and forums at the conference will showcase research and perspectives focused broadly on debates that go beyond individual regions, study areas, and typical research partnerships. This includes work focused on large-scale data compilation and analyses designed to provide new answers to old questions and to generate new questions from old data, research that spans the international border and grapples with the complexities of integrating research traditions and languages, comparative perspectives on research in the Southwest/Northwest helping to place locality based research in a broader context, and frank discussion of the need and prospects for partnerships among tribal, resource management, and academic partners that go beyond typical collaborative research. Across all of these topics, we ask participants to “think big” in terms of the spatial extent of research but also the range of topics and stakeholders that archaeology in the region can serve. What can we learn by breaking down boundaries between traditional research areas and thinking of the Southwest/Northwest as a whole? What are the new avenues for making archaeology relevant and responsive to different stakeholders in the twenty-first century? How can archaeology in the Southwest/Northwest be better integrated into debates in archaeology beyond this region or perhaps even in the social and physical sciences broadly?

Program

Click here to download the program of the 2020 Southwest Symposium conference in Tempe, AZ. This program includes information on the venue, the schedule, and all abstracts for the organized paper sessions, the forum, and poster sessions.

Schedule

Thursday, January 30th  
6:00-9:00PM Opening reception and registration College Avenue Commons, Third Floor Patio and Atrium Free hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
   
Friday, January 31st  
8:40 – 9:00AM Opening Remarks and Announcements
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom A/B
9:00AM – 5:00PM Posters Displayed
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom C
9:00AM – 5:00PM Exhibitors
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom C
9:00 – 12:00PM Paper Session I: Current Directions in Hohokam Archaeology
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom A/B
12:00 – 1:30PM Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:30PM Poster Viewing
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom C
2:30 – 5:30PM Paper Session II: Data Compilation and Archaeological Synthesis in the SW/NW
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom A/B
   
Saturday, February 1st  
8:40 – 9:00AM Opening Remarks and Announcements
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom A/B
9:00AM – 5:00PM Posters Displayed
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom C
9:00AM – 5:00PM Exhibitors
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom C
9:00 – 12:20PM Paper Session III: Recent Research from the Southern Half of the Greater NW/SW
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom A/B
12:20 – 2:00PM Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:00PM Poster Viewing
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom C
3:00 – 5:30PM Paper Session IV: Forum: Transforming Archaeology for Tribal Nations
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom A/B
5:30 – 5:40PM Closing remarks


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