The TAG 2014 announcement has sent as a sand in eye the name of Rose Mary Joyce since she was with low profile in the last years, especially after the publication of co-edited by her Oxford Handbook of Archaeology (2009) and participation in Unearthed (2010). While the highly committed to serious science archaeologists forgot about this name at all, as a failure (clearly typically) from University of California, at once she showed up in a program of a plenary session of TAG 2014 which supposedly will trace new directions of archaeology in the 21st century. To connect Rose Mary Joyce with new directions in archaeology is more than funny, but it will be not a surprise if first, this name shows up at least second time in a similar event of North American TAG (that means terribly arrogant and amoral personality), and if the organizers cannot give real academic explanation why one already failed name in science and forgotten by the serious scientists in science of archaeology should be invited for a plenary session at TAG. If you fail, fail. There are an ocean of archaeologists and for sure at least 10,000 a better than Rose Mary Joyce first as education, second as academic appearance, and third as ethics. Which is the work from the last two years that makes organizers to invite this person for such event? If one looks at academia.edu Joyce has been completely done with science. How she keeps her professor chair is a question for the corruption committee at the University of California in Berkeley. The taxpayers believe it has been a place for science, but archaeologists from this university demonstrated the worst of not being able to know even what is science.
America has been growing as a global country of global culture. The serious scientists do not need corruption to poison the archaeological stage, then, the organizers of TAG 2014 have made a mistake that shows that still archaeology is on one of the last places of professionalization and academization.
What can one already failed in science archaeologist tell about convergence if this word is so ambiguous. Just look at academia.edu: Joyce hasn’t have a scholarly publication for years. She has included at academia.edu .pdf of a popular text of a book which she edited, with a few pages most popular text that can be written by a bachelor level archaeologist. Most importantly, she used her professor chair to get the money in way in which she got money for The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology, in which she did not have even one chapter. The review of this book was flagged as “inappropriate” at one of the websites – probably because some of the authors or editors reported as such being critical. But the fact that there is such flag indicates that somebody is interested the world not the see the critics. And there is no even editorial positive review. The author even would not waste the time to order the book through interlibrary loan since first it costs money, second the titles of the chapter do not show fundamental contents – more like chaotic regional surface overview. Not even to think about innovations!
Then, a problem that TAG organizers pose: What does make the profile of Rose Mary Joyce at academia.edu to make them invite her as a key speaker at a plenary session which will be visited by presumably serious scholars, who will pay at least 1,000 dollars for transport and lodging. Instead to the best, they have to participate in layering with prestige of a name which has compromised the science as obviously not able to make science but who gets for some reasons money which others could use for real science. There will be not a surprise if after such prestige participation this woman again gets tones of money for another archaeological book at the expenses of most serious archaeologists scientists.
The true is very simple: if one fails, fails. The professional society should be not used by anybody to cover the failure of others with prestige position and in fact to put in their hands a knife to kill others with their arrogant corrupted behavior.