Updated January 20, 2014
View Lecture: "The Power of the Miniature: Small Things with Big Consequences" by Douglass Bailey, SFSU, Feb 21, 2014
It is unknown the number of archaeologists who everyday check the class schedule of San Francisco State University to see who will read archaeology next semester. It is not only the place of archaeology lecturer empty for Spring 2014 on the SFSU schedule. However, since several years the lecturer was Douglass W Bailey, not having his name means a lot for many. Most sensationally, Bailey published the value of his project in Romania – more that £ 300,000 (!). For the specialists of prehistory in the Balkans, it means money burnt in the fireplace. There are no results even for $100,000. Nowadays, it can be written most detailed archaeology of the Balkans with £ 300,000.
A few points follow:
1. For sure Bailey did not use this money for personal needs. He just neither had the knowledge nor the team to have made something considerable for so much money.
2. For sure the money could be used for something more valuable.
3. Bailey has shown that he has been done with traditional archaeology while cannot find his new place in science. This creates a state of personal crisis and devolution with many consequences some of which a trouble for other people.
It is hard to guess what will SFSU decide – retirement of Bailey looks logical, although everything can happen.
Who will teach archaeology next semester at SFSU matters for the whole global world! America has been advancing since the last decade as a global highly competitive country and Americans today compete for their places not as born Americans but as qualified professionals. If Bailey defends his chair at SFSU, he may change and re-educate himself beyond deciding very important personal problems. If Bailey retires and somebody else comes to SFSU, it will be probably a change with some consequences for SFSU, but without impact on the global world, since there are missing at this moment recognized archaeologists without nicer university seats or who would go to teach archaeology where this subject is not main discipline (see below the update from January 20, 2014).
Connections, corruption and absence of well educated highly intelligent professionals is such a dark picture in archaeology today that better to think for the bigger picture of archaeology after 10-15 years when globalization itself will have for sure one of the greatest consequences – decorruptization and remoralization of archaeology. On the whole, many wait to see what will SFSU decide not because they want Bailey to leave, but just to know how to think about future.
Update (Jan 20, 2014)
The website of SFSU Dep of Anthropology and the Spring Program 2014 show tiny lights of searching for the right direction of development of archaeology as anthropology there. Logically, Bailey does not have lectures although he remains Chair of Retention, Tenure and Promotion Committee. According to Web sources, he has SFSU research grant 2013-2014, then, it will be most interesting whether Bailey will go back to science after a series of failures, to become Wagner in anthropology, or like many other 20th-21st century authors will remain in culture only with one classic book in anthropology.
SFSU with obviously extremely smart Peter Biella has chosen the policy of giving chance of several young PhD holders to lecture including sun-shine Katrinka Reinhart who will bridge SFSU and Stanford this semester (SFSU students will stop complain that Stanford steals all their excellent teachers). Another new SFSU star is Jonathan Pagliaro who is documented online even as a volunteer coordinator at Santa Clara University. There are two institutional archaeologists - from Michigan State University (Christopher Stawski) and University of London (Robert Homsher), who may need to work hard to prove that they are different from those who had brought the crisis in archaeology.
In this company of young ambitious PhD holders, Douglass Bailey may need completely to change his personality eventually to stay and to bring new Bauhaus-like movement in archaeology, or may just retire being in context of old corrupted archaeologists who instead criticized have been reproduced as positive values by Bailey. Just to mention that his Facebook friends are Ruth Tringham and Eszter Banffy (01-20-14) - names that mean personalities who poison society with anti-culture, anti-science, visible and invisible corruption being biggest danger for any gifted archaeologist (with solid evidence of practiced fraud, non-professionalism and corruption in archaeology). In context of Tringham, Bailey even can kill person socially without thinking, then, he becomes most dangerous personality.
The young army of hired for lectures archaeologists at SFSU may also need to know that there are people in the Academic affairs who lie even on the police (or police lies) [still not investigated case].
Archaeology in the 21st century allows the intellectuals to develop unique skills and contribute to advance of culture. In contrast of the Eastern Europe, where poisoning society and culture corrupted is embedded in the structure of academic reproduction (Getov syndrome), in the USA the corrupted archaeologists act as gangs and can be isolated and revealed. Then, there is healthy soil for healthy culture and contribution to progress and culture!