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Liv Nilsson Stutz

Senior lecturer
Department of Cultural Sciences Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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I am a bioarchaeologist and archaeologist who got my post graduate training in France (Maîtrise and DEA Université Bordeaux 1, 1996 and 1997) and Sweden (PhD, Lund University 2004). I have worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology at Emory University (USA) and am currently employed as a Lecturer in Archaeology at LNU. 

My research interests are broad and interdisciplinary.

  • Death, Rituals and the Handling of the dead body: I am interested in how people across cultures handle the universal crisis of death, and I have been especially interested in how the ritual treatment of the dead body plays a crucial role in defining and producing ideas about death. Through archaeology I combine  fieldwork, archaeothanatology, ritual tehory, practice theory, and body theory to explore the handling of the dead and death especially in hunter gatherer communities in Northern Europe. This work on hunter gatherer ritual practices has also developed into a broader focus on hunter gatherer ontology, new animism, new totemism and the relationships between humans and non human animals in archaeology and anthropology. For more insight into my work on mortuary rituals and the handling of the dead body, listen to this interview by How Stuff Works.
  • Ethics, Repatriation and Claims to Culture: My work in burial archaeology has also led me to explore the ethical dimensions of excavating, studying and exhibiting human remains. Through a comparison of the debates in different acadmic and political contexts, I have examined the repatriation and reburial issue from a perspective that critically examined claims to culture while at the same time recognized the colonial past of the discipline. I have been especially interested in problematizing cultural heritage politics and identity politics and the role that the past in general, and heritage in particular, plays in these discourses.
  • Material Culture, Memory and Affect: More recently I have stared to explore the ways in which culture, emotion and affect, are given form in material culture, and how these material manifestations act back at us through processes of memory and affect. I am starting to develop these thougts through transdisciplinary connections with cultural anthropology, psychology, history, art, and design.

I have conducted fieldwork in Latvia and Jordan.

I am an editor of Archaeological Dialogues (Cambridge University Press) and of the Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial.

Teaching

  • Stone Age and Iron Age Archaeology in Arkeologi 1
  • Europe and the World in Arkeologi 2
  • Supervision of term papers in Arkeologi 1 and 3. 
  • The Swedish Landscape: temporal and spatial perspectives
  • What is Archaeology. Current Research at LNU (portion on rituals and burials)
  • Archaeology in the Public Debate (graduate course)

Research

Co-Principal Investigator av the Western Ajlun Early Prehistory Project, Jordan. Projektet har finansierats av the LSB Leakey Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the National Science Foundation.

Commissions

Coordinator for Center for Applied Heritage

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Excavations of the Upper Palaeolithic cave Mughr el-Hamamah in Jordan. Chantel White
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Liv Nilsson Stutz and Aaron Jonas Stutz at the mouth of the cave at Mugrh el-Hamamah, Jordan. In the small square: Early Upper Palaeolithic archaeological material found at the cave (from left to right): el-Wad point, A retouched point with basal modification, and a bone tool. Julie Margolis

Publications

Selected publications

Article in journal (Refereed)

Conference paper (Refereed)

Chapter in book (Refereed)

Collection (editor) (Refereed)

Article in journal (Other academic)

Book (Other academic)

Chapter in book (Other academic)

Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)

Article, book review (Other academic)