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academic positions held
2011 - CoDirector The Revs Program at Stanford - connecting the past, present, and future of the automobile - a project in the archaeology of the contemporary past
2010 - Professor of Archaeology (Visiting), Durham University (UK)
2010 - 2013 Professor of Humanities (Visiting), Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin
2007 - 2008 Violet Andrews Whittier Faculty Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center
2004 - 2009 CoDirector Stanford Humanities Lab - with great colleagues Jeffrey Schnapp and Henry Lowood
2000 - 2013 The Omar and Althea Dwyer Hoskins Faculty Scholar.
1998 - 2005 Professor by Courtesy, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University. The appointment was terminated by the department in 2005. The reason given was "bureaucratic hygiene" (really!), though I didn't cost them anything. I suspect it was more to do with my interdisciplinary interest in cyborg culture.
1997 - Docent, Institute of Archaeology, Gothenburg. A cherished connection with the most open of intellectual communities, headed by Kristian Kristiansen. In 2006 we received 50k funding from the Wallenberg Foundation to build links through a project exploring the collaborative cocreation of cultural heritage - [link].
1996 - 1998 Reader in Archaeology, Head of Department, University of Wales Lampeter. Where I realized that people and community matter most. Molly May was born in Carmarthen.
1993 - 1996 Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Wales Lampeter. A lot of teaching and building new programs and initiatives, in a glorious rural setting.
1992 - 1993 Teaching Fellow, University of Wales Lampeter. A university the size of a high school and a main street in the town where I got to know every storekeeper. Great vision and hope. Where we got to love labrador retrievers (Abbey came with us to Stanford).
1991 - 1992 Research Fellow, Centre d'Archéologie Classique, Paris 1 (Sorbonne), Maison des Sciences de l'Homme. Another intellectual rollercoaster with Classicists, philosophers, anthropologists, technologists, helped along this time by the glories of Belgian beer and a view over the Seine. Great discoveries with Alain Schnapp, Laurent Olivier, Kristian Kristiansen, Jean-Paul Demoule, Bruno Latour, Pierre Lemonnier, Sander van der Leeuw, Anique Coudart, Nathan Schlanger. Alain and I are now running a major joint project to research French and Anglo-American-antiquarians.
Corinth - subject of my doctoral dissertation - here at the beginning of the twentieth century, before the American excavations
1983 - 1988 Teacher (Latin, Greek, Ancient History), Whitley Bay High School, UK - maybe the fabulous energy of the eighth graders helped me write round the clock on archaeological theory. My longest conversation, with Alan Campbell [link] (now MP, Junior Minister and the Right Honorable!), began here.
education and qualifications
Docentur (Higher Doctorate and license to teach) Institute of Archaeology, Göteborg 1997. A lovely Swedish city, home of some dear friends.
PhD Peterhouse Cambridge 1992. Better second time round - and the college gave all the support I so needed.
MA Peterhouse Cambridge 1983
Peterhouse, from Little St Mary's 1977
PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) Durham University 1982 - when the River Wear froze over and I taught seven year olds in a Durham colliery village devastated by the decline of mining in the run up to the Miners' Strike of 1984.
BA Peterhouse Cambridge 1980. Have I ever got over it? I skipped most lectures. The angry young man in me told one faculty member that he was useless and had nothing to say - this didn't help much.
Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1970 - 1976 - I still remember the school song about the great and the good of England's north east. The most traditional of schooling you could imagine - academic gowns, rugby football (I was pretty good as scrum-half, but hated the team spirit), Combined Cadet Force (Naval Section), Latin and Greek. Sounds like Hogwarts - all the violence, but none of the magic.
some other valued connections and achievements
1992 - 2004 Brith Gof, outstanding performance company, led by artistic directors Mike Pearson and Clifford McLucas - the most creative of relationships. I became a company director in 1997 to strengthen links with the academy and to help develop theatre/archaeology, deep-mapping - revisiting that old genre of chorography.