Where the Heart Is: Thoughts on Home and Contemporary Encampments at the Albany Bulb

Lecture | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Annie Danis, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

A former landfill turned informal public space and long-term encampment, “the Bulb” had been home to dozen of residents in an informal settlement from the late 1980s until the summer of 2013. After legal battles with the city all residents were evicted and a number of projects to document and aid the fractured community began. One such project was the Archaeology of the Albany Bulb, which surveyed house-sites using traditional methods of archaeological of mapping and documentation. These visual representations serve as authoritative narratives of home in the face of forced displacement and erasure of homeless histories in the Bay area. Blending creative production and scholarly research the project challenges conventional notions of homelessness and explores the political possibilities for an archaeology of the contemporary.