Archaeology, University of Leicester
This thesis aims to examine ontologies of personhood and the body in the colonial Americas. Working from the idea that colonialism involves a meeting of different worlds, I will adopt a comparative approach to consider how different ideas about what it means to be a person – and to have a body – were negotiated across a section of the Spanish colonial world. I will synthesise and compare case studies from Central America and the Caribbean, examining a range of objects, sites and landscapes to consider the various ways in which colonial personhood was assembled. I aim to explore how differing ways of being a person affected the ways in which European and Indigenous groups related to one another, while developing a theoretical approach that offers a means to conceptualise and probe the various tensions and continuities that arose in historical periods of culture contact.
Guilfoyle, D.R., Carey, G., Rogers, A.J., Bernard, M., & Willoya-Williams, R. 2019. Empowering Tribal Youth in Cultural Heritage Management: A Case Study from the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Archaeologies 15(1) : p.42–63.
Graduate Archaeology at Oxford Conference (March 2018)
Delivered paper: “Embracing chaos: the rhizome and negotiation of interpretative conflict in indigenous archaeology”.
Graduate Seminar, St. Peter’s College, Oxford (March 2018)
Delivered paper: “Empowering Youth in Cultural Heritage Management: A Case Study from the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska”.
Samuel and Rachel May Prize, University of Leicester (2017)
Awarded for highest grade in Archaeology in the graduating year.