While the former WAC president Claire Smith has been packaging books from Australia for disadvantaged libraries all over the world, Japan and USA have been warming archaeology with WAC leadership.
The team for the next few years:
President Elect (Japan)
Koji Mizoguchi (elected 2013)
Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies
Kyushu University, 744 Moto'oka, Nishi Ward
Tel (office): +92 802 5626
Secretary Elect (Japan)
Akira Matsuda (elected 2013)
University of East Anglia
Sainsbury Institute for Art
School of Art History and World Art Studies
Norwich Research Park
Norwich, NR4 7TJ
Treasurer Elect (USA)
Dru McGill (elected 2013)
Indiana University South Bend
Sociology and Anthropology Department
South Bend, Indiana 46637
Claire Smith has brought a lot of hope in the young that archaeology can be a field of humanity and science for all committed to humanity and science. Japanese archaeologists are among the most respected in the world, while as a rule the American archaeology is strong in theory but unfortunately, there is a cloud of crisis on its sky during the last decades.
Following the Australian enthusiastic leadership, Koji Mizoguchi and K. Anne Pyburn can bring more pride, wiseness, humanity, moral and quality in world archaeology as global archaeology. World Archaeological Congress has become very popular during the Claire Smith’s Presidency, then, leaders can really contribute to the advance of archaeology through this non-for-profit organization.
The website of K. Anne Pyburn may look for some not very promising for something extraordinary since there are signs of “directormania”. However, her agenda looks oriented toward reconsidering the theory of society and this is really a crucial problem for the future of humankind.
Today we need not just contributions to society as knowledge, since we need contributions which help people to recognize their place as members of society. Decades of non-critical replication of Marxism in social sciences and not actualization of the sociological theories based on humanity and moral creates a gap between the way people live and the way they understand society. The values of people have become almost exclusively related and dependent on money agenda, while human history teaches that the advance was possible not thanks to but ignoring the value of money and focusing on moral mainly. Accumulation of wealth for itself and at expenses of moral always brings crisis.
If early 21st century means moral revolution in all segments of society, there is no question that in 5, 10 or 15 years the majority of humankind will feel the best ever. How the World Archaeological Congress will contribute to this moral revolution depends on the leaders.