UNCW Explores the Contemporary Past with Anthropologist Maria Starzmann

Monday, November 19, 2012

The UNCW Department of Anthropology has invited international scholar Maria Starzmann from Universität Berlin, Germany, for a lecture about excavating a Nazi labor camp. The 6 p.m., Nov. 26 event is free and open to the public. The lecture will be held in the Wrightsville Beach Room, Fisher Student Center, UNCW campus.

“Based on the results from archaeological excavations at a former Nazi forced labor camp in Berlin, Germany, I discuss the links between materiality and memory,” Starzmann said in a description of her presentation. “More specifically, by way of analyzing the role of objects in the production of stories and life histories, I show possibilities for remembering the Nazi past in ways that are accountable to those who remember the past in the present as well as to those who are the subjects of our memories.”

Starzmann, an anthropological archaeologist, focuses on the study of memory and materiality, post-colonial theories, and critical investigations of the history and practice of archaeology. She is currently an assistant professor with the Institute of Middle Eastern Archaeology at Free University Berlin and is affiliated with the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University as an adjunct research associate.

Media Contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations, weavera@uncw.edu or 910-962-7631.