Dr Eloise Govier PhD, MA (Joint Honours), MLitt, PGCert, Fellow (HEA)

Lecturer in Anthropology 

Lampeter

E-mail: e.govier@uwtsd.ac.uk

Eloise Govier

Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Archaeology

I am a professional artist and cultural anthropologist, and conduct interdisciplinary practice-led research in the fields of art, anthropology, archaeology, and education.

My PhD research examined the material remains of creative practices at a Neolithic town (Çatalhöyük) and explored both theoretically and practically (though ethnographic research, experiential archaeology, and archive-based research) how processes of making in the past can reveal unique sensory profiles, communities of practice, and the ‘social bond’. I have a regional specialism in Anatolian Neolithic creative practices (Çatalhöyük) and expertise in Material Culture Studies.

I have carried out ethnographic research with performance artists, learners in Higher Education, and commercially available Artificial Intelligence (Chatterbots). I have also worked in collaboration with Dr Louise Steel at the Late Bronze Age settlement Arediou-Vouppes to produce illustrations of the farmstead.

I have gained experience as a project manager and curator, and have coordinated several exhibitions (both national and international), academic workshops (Arnolfini, Bristol; UWTSD), and public talks (Fringe Arts Bath).

I have both an MA (Art History and Ancient History) and MLitt (Art History) from the University of St Andrews, a PGCERT in Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction, UWTSD) and PhD (Wales). I have taught at UWTSD since 2012.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

CURRENT TEACHING 2018-2019:

  • HPAN5012/6012 Theory, Methods and Practice: Critical Perspectives (Anthropology, Level 5 and 6)
  • HPAN4006 Introduction to Fieldwork (Anthropology, Level 4)
  • HPAN5006/6006 Political Anthropology (Anthropology, Level 5 and 6)
  • HPFY3008 Being Human (Anthropology, Level 3)
  • HPHE4004 Historic Environment Stewardship (Heritage and Archaeology, Level 4)
  • MA AHAN7036 Engaging with Anthropological Theory (Level 7)
  • MA AHAN7041 Engaged Anthropology in Practice (Level 7)

TEACHING 2017-2018:

Convener:

  • AHSK5005 Theory, Methods and Practice: Critical Perspectives (Anthropology, Level 5)
  • AHAN4005 Introduction to Fieldwork (Anthropology, Level 4)

Lecturer:

  • AHAN7012 Key Debates in Anthropological Theory (Anthropology, Level 7)
  • AHAN4003 Interactions with the Environment: making things, transforming things (Anthropology, Level 4)
  • AHAN6001 Kinship, Gender and Sexuality (Anthropology, Level 6)

My PhD research examined the material remains of creative practices at a Neolithic town in Anatolia. I argued that creative practice was a key feature of Neolithic lifeways. My pedagogical research focuses on multisensory, collaborative, and experiential learning strategies, and I have an active research interest in posthuman pedagogy.

I have developed teaching methodologies that utilise creative practices and material engagement. I have coordinated and led workshops at local and international arts centres, in collaboration with community groups, secondary school students, HE students (both undergraduate and postgraduate), recent graduates and professional artists.

SELECTED CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

  • 2018 Discussant. Creative Frontiers. Part of the ‘Applying Archaeological Theory‘ Strand Sponsored by Big Heritage at TAG DEVA 40th Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Chester. 17th-19th December 2018
  • 2018 Paper: ‘Material Expressions of Local Level Solidarities and Conflicts in Egalitarian Lifeways at Çatalhöyük'. European Association of Anthropologists, Faculty of Geography and History, University of Barcelona and CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona.
  • 2018 Paper: ‘Matter-discourse-movement: making, sharing, and locating meaning in Prehistory'.             European Association of Anthropologists, Faculty of Geography and History, University of Barcelona and CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona.
  • 2018 Paper: ‘Socio-Creativity and the Neolithic’. Art and Material Culture in Prehistoric Europe,             RAI2018 Art, Materiality, and Representation conference, British Museum, London.
  • 2017 Paper: ‘Doing time: Causality, agency, and the life-matter predicament’. How to see time: A visual culture perspective panel, Theoretical Archaeology Group, University of Cardiff.
  • 2016 Paper: ‘Bodies that co-create: the residues and intimacies of vital materials’, Theoretical Archaeology Group, University of Southampton.
  • 2016 Presentation: ‘Plastic Earth’ sculpture, Sightations, Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, University of Southampton.
  • 2016 Convenor: ‘Absent Bodies’ (artists talk), Cartesian Cut? Exhibition, Fringe Arts Bath.
  • 2016 Convenor: ‘The Colourscape Lab’, Arnolfini, Bristol.
  • 2015 Paper: ‘Becoming Earth?’, Beyond Perception 15 Conference, University of Aberdeen.
  • 2015 Paper: ‘Plastic in the Water? Recognising and reconfiguring our relationship with waste’, AHRC Power and the Water Project Workshop, University of Bristol, (invited speaker).
  • 2015 Paper: ‘Vital Material Engagements: interactions, participation and the 'Ticker-Tape' art installation’, ‘Teaching anthropology?’ panel, Association of Social Anthropologists Conference, University of Exeter.
  • 2014 Paper: ‘The Angel of Archaeology’, On the theme of Space and Time: Cartographies and Memories as Method Workshop, South West Doctoral Training Committee, University of Bristol, (invited speaker).
  • 2014 Paper: ‘Creative practice and Endorsement: How community was made at Çatalhöyük', European Archaeologists Association Conference, Istanbul University.
  • 2013 Paper: ‘Seeing is believing: Painting and Meaning at Çatalhöyük’, Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, Bournemouth University.
  • 2012 Convener ‘Experiencing Material Worlds’, Workshop, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
  • 2012 Co-Convener (with Dr Louise Steel). ‘The Culture of Things’

As an artist my work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including galleries in Japan, Amsterdam, Spain, Berlin, and London. My work has been showcased at the London Morgan showroom, a UNESCO Protected Modernist Housing Estate in Berlin, and at the AT-Bristol Science Centre where my work was also projected from the BBC Big screen. I have been interviewed by both the BBC and S4C (Heno, Sioe Gelf).

I have experience as a project manager and curator, and have coordinated several exhibitions (both national and international), academic workshops, and public talks. I have theoretical expertise in new materialisms, anthropology of art, and sensorial archaeology. Sensory engagement with materials is an important area of my research, and I have carried out ethnographic fieldwork with anthropologists and artists exploring themes such as colour, making, and performance.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

  • Aug 2019 Artist. ‘A Posthuman Flatness’. Solo exhibition. Stiwdio 3, Cardigan.
  • Apr 2019 Artist: ‘Committed. Ymroddgar’. Solo exhibition. Queen Street Gallery, Neath.
  • Nov 2017. Finding Green Spaces. (solo exhibition), London.
  • Oct 2016. Artist and Project Co-Investigator: ‘Belonging to the Landscape?’in collaboration with Dr Jill Payne (Bristol), Welsh Assembly, Pierhead, Cardiff.
  • May 2016. Curator: ‘Cartesian Cut?’ exhibition, Fringe Arts Bath. Featuring Ellie Harrison, John De Mearns, Suze Adams, and Lou Baker.              
  • Apr  2016. Artist:‘Colour Me Cardiff’ (in collaboration with artist Swci Delic), Off the Wall Gallery, Cardiff.
  • May 2015. Artist and Speaker: ‘Trajectory Three’. Bristol Festival of Nature, in collaboration with the AHRC Power and the Water Project.
  • Sep 2014. Artist: ‘Ticker-Tape: Waterscape’ (performance/installation in collaboration with the AHRC Power and the Water project), AT-Bristol Science Centre, Bristol.
  • Sept 2013. Artist: ‘Ticker-Tape: Levitate’, (installation) border between England and Wales, Hay on Wye.
  • May 2013. Artist and Speaker: ‘Ticker-Tape: Playground’ (performance/installation), Newcastle Emlyn Secondary school, Wales.
  • Apr 2013. Artist: ‘Ticker-Tape: Berlin’ (performance), UNESCO Carl Legien Housing Estate, Berlin.
  • Apr 2013. Artist: ‘Barcelona Showcase’ (group exhibition), UNESCO Casa Batlló, Barcelona.
  • Sep 2012. Artist: ‘MSCOC Gallery’ (solo exhibition), 180 Amstel, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Oct 2010. Artist: ‘Über Art’ (solo exhibition), Byre Theatre, St Andrews, Scotland.
  • Oct 2009. ‘Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize exhibition’, (group show), Oriel Ynys Mon, Wales.
  • Apr 2008. Artist: ‘Little Jewels’, (group exhibition), Arton Gallery Kyoto, Japan.

Publications:

  • Govier, E. 2019. 'Do you follow? Re-thinking Causality in Archaeology'. Archaeological Dialogues
  • Govier, E. 2019. ‘The Coal Beds of Generations X, Y and Z: Syncing, Learning, and Propagating in the Age of the Posthuman’. Journal of Posthuman Studies: Philosophy, Technology, Media. 2(2).
  • Govier, E. 2019. ‘Bodies that co-create: the residues and intimacies of vital materials’. In: L. Attala and L. Steel (eds.), Body Matters. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
  • Govier, E. 2019.  ‘A Review of Pyla-Kokkinokremos: A Late 13th Century BC Fortified Settlement in Cyprus Excavations 2010-2011’. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.                                                                   
  • Govier, E. 2016. ‘Experiential Art and Archaeology: Vital Material Engagements’. In: H. Chittock and J. Valdez-Tullett (eds.), Archaeology with Art. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • Govier, E. 2014. ‘A Review of The Archaeology of Cyprus From Earliest Prehistory Through the Bronze Age’, The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. Volume 9 Issue 2. pp. 289-291.

Exhibition Catalogue:

  • Govier, E. (ed.). 2016. ‘Cartesian Cut?’, Exhibition catalogue, Fringe Arts Bath. [Online] Available at: catalogue.

Book Reviews:

  • Govier, E. Forthcoming. ‘A Review of Pyla-Kokkinokremos: A Late 13th Century BC Fortified Settlement in Cyprus Excavations 2010-2011’. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research     
  • Govier, E. 2014. ‘A Review of The Archaeology of Cyprus From Earliest Prehistory Through the Bronze Age’, The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. Volume 9 Issue 2. pp. 289-291.