Oscar Moro Abadia

Position

Associate Professor

Academics

Ph.D. Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, 2006
M.A. (DEA) Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, 2000
B.A. (Licenciatura) Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, 1998

Contact

Email: omoro@mun.ca
Phone: (709) 864-3439
Office: QC 4019

Research Interests

Since I became professionally involved in archaeology, I have developed research and publication in several interrelated areas, including Paleolithic archaeology, hunter-gatherer studies, history of archaeology, art history and history and epistemology of science. My main research interest lies in the study of prehistoric art. Specifically, my combined interests in the history of archaeology and the history of science have resulted in intense research on the history and epistemology of Prehistoric art. During the last years, I have examined some of the main categories and concepts (“style”, “mobiliary art”, “rock art”) used by Western European and American archaeologists, anthropologists and art historians to classify prehistoric images. I have published nearly thirty essays in this area, including some articles in French and English peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Anthropological Research, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Journal of Archaeological Research, Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française and the Journal of Social Archaeology. I have also participated in numerous international conferences, specifically in those concerned with historical and theoretical interpretations of Paleolithic art research.

Courses Taught
Graduate courses

ARCH 6409: History of Science and Archaeology
ARCH 6700: Interpretative Methods in Archaeology

Undergraduate courses

ARCH 1030: Introduction to Archaeology and Bioarchaeology
ARCH 2480: Principles of Archaeology
ARCH 3020: What is human?
ARCH 3500: Prehistory of the Old World
ARCH 4194: Pleistocene Art: A Worldview Perspective
ARCH 4182: History of Archaeology

Student supervision
Ph.D Dissertations

Chase, Amy (in progress). Research topic: tbd.
Tapper, Bryn (in progress). Research topic: Rock art landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes (co-supervised with Dr. Michael Deal).
Vallejos, Susana (in progress). Research topic: In Search of Symmetry: Ships, Heritage and the Interpretation of Complex Things.
Palacio Pérez, Eduardo (2016). Construction and transformation of the concept of ‘Paleolithic art’: The theoretical foundations of an idea. (Completed at Universidad de Cantabria)

M.A. Theses

Chase, Amy (2017): Research topic: On the Origins of Art and Symbolism: The Case of Neanderthal ‘Art’ in Northern Spain.
Riley, Dustin (2017): Research topic: The caves of Cantabria: non-figurative representation in Northern Spain.

B.A. Honours essays

Piskor, Ashley (2013). Personal ornamentation in Neanderthal contexts.
D’Agostino, Katherine (2012). Community archaeology as public archaeology: A critical approach.

Publications (Selection)

Moro Abadía, O.; Palacio- Pérez, E. 2015. Rethinking the Structural Analysis of Paleolithic Art: New Perspectives on Leroi-Gourhan’s structuralism. Cambridge Archaeolgical Journal 25: 657- 672.

Moro Abadía, O.; Nowell, A. 2015. Paleolithic Personal Ornaments: Historical Development and Epistemological Challenges. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 22: 952-979.

Moro Abadía, O. 2015. The Reception of Paleolithic Art at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: Between Archaeology and Art History. Journal of Art Historiography, 12, 23 pages.

Moro Abadía, O.; Palacio- Pérez, E. 2015. Le symbole face à l’évolution: Leroi-Gourhan et l’art Paléolithique, en P. Soulier (ed.) André Leroi-Gourhan “L’homme, tout simplement”, pp. 145-158. Travaux de la MAE René-Ginouvés, 20: 145-158.

Moro Abadía, O. 2013. Thinking about the concept of archive: Reflections on the historiography of Altamira, in Moro Abadía, O.; Huth, C. (eds). 2013. Speaking materials. Sources for the History of Archaeology, Complutum 24 (2): 145-152.

Moro Abadía, O. 2013. Rock art stories: Standard narratives and their alternatives. Rock Art Research 30 (1): 1-33.

Moro Abadía, O. ; González Morales, M. R. 2013. Paleolithic art : A cultural history. Journal of Archaeological Research 21 : 269-306.

Moro Abadía, O. 2013. The History of Archaeology as a Field: From Marginality to Recognition, in: Chrisomalis, S.; Costopoulos, A. Human Expeditions: Inspired by Bruce Trigger. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 90-101.

Moro Abadía, O. 2012. La nueva historia de la arqueología. Un balance crítico (The New History of Archaeology : A Critical Appraisal) Complutum, 2012, Vol. 23 (2): 177-190.

Moro Abadía, O. ; González Morales, M. R. ; Palacio Pérez, E. 2012. ‘Naturalim’ and the Interpretation of Cave Art. World Art 2 (2) : 219-240.

Moro Abadía, O. ; González Morales, M. R. 2012. Understanding Pleistocene Art : An Hermeneutics of Meaning, in : McDonald, J. ; Veth, P. (editors). A Companion to Rock Art. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, pp. 263-275.

Moro Abadía, O. 2011. Hermeneutical contributions to the history of science: Gadamer on ‘Presentism’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 42 (2): 372-380.

Moro Abadía, O.; González Morales, M.R. 2011. Les origines de l’art et les théories sur l’évolution humaine: le cas français, L’Anthropologie 115: 343- 359.

Moro Abadía, O.; Pelayo, F. 2010. Reflections on the concept of ‘precursor’: Juan de Vilanova and the discovery of the Altamira, History of the Human Sciences 23 (4): 1- 20.

Moro Abadía, O. 2010. Beyond externalism. Exploring new directions in the history of archaeology, Archaeological Dialogues 17 (2): 215-236.

Moro Abadía, O. 2010. Connecting Historiographical Tradition. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 41: 105-108.

Moro Abadía, O.; González Morales, M. R. 2010. Redefining Neanderthals and Art: An Alternative Interpretation of the Multiple Species Model for the Origin of Behavioural Modernity, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 29 (3): 229- 243.

Moro Abadía, O. 2009. Thinking about ‘presentism’ from a historian’s perspective: Herbert Butterfield and Hélène Metzger, History of Science xlvii: 55-77.

Moro Abadía, O. 2009. The History of Archaeology as Seen Through the Externalism-Internalism Debate: Historical Development and Current Challenges, Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 19 (2): 13- 26.

Roldán, C.; Moro Abadía, O. 2009. (eds.) Aproximaciones a la contingencia. Historia y actualidad de una idea. La Catarata, Madrid.

Moro Abadía, O.; González Morales, M. R. 2008. Palaeolithic art studies at the beginning of the 21st century: A loss of innocence, Journal of Anthropological Research 64 (4): 529-552

Moro Abadía, O. 2008. Beyond the Whig Interpretation of History: lessons on ‘presentism’ from Hélène Metzger. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 39 (2): 194-201.

Moro Abadía, O.; González Morales, M. R. 2007. Thinking about style in the “post-stylistic era”: Reconstructing the stylistic context of Chauvet. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 26 (2) : 109-125.

Moro Abadía, O.; González Morales, M. R. 2007. L’art paléolithique est-il un “art”? Réflexions autour d’une question d’actualité. L’Anthropologie 11: 687-704.

Moro Abadía, O. 2007. Filosofía de la ciencia y arqueología: el caso de la arqueología prehistórica anglosajona (Philosophy of science and archaeology: the case of Anglo-Saxon prehistoric archaeology). Complutum 18: 9-26.

Moro Abadía, O. 2007. Arqueología Prehistórica e Historia de la ciencia: Hacia una historia crítica de la arqueología (Prehistoric Archaeology and History of Science: Towards a Critical History of Archaeology), Ed. Bellaterra, Barcelona. Preface by Bruce G. Trigger.

Moro Abadía, O. 2006. Art, Crafts and Paleolithic Art, Journal of Social Archaeology 6 (1): 119- 141.

Moro Abadía, O. 2006. The history of archaeology as a “colonial discourse”. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 16 (2): 4- 17.

Moro Abadía, O. 2006. La sociología como metodología crítica de la ciencia: La historia social de las ciencias sociales de Pierre Bourdieu. (Sociology as a scientific critical methodology: Pierre Bourdieu’s social history of social sciences). Empiria 11: 71- 91.

Moro Abadía, O. 2006. La perspectiva genealógica de la historia (The Genealogical Perspective of History), Universidad de Cantabria, Santander.

Moro Abadía, O.; González Morales, M. R. 2005. L’analogie et la représentation de l’art primitif à la fin du XIXe siècle. L’Anthropologie 109: 703- 721.

Moro Abadía, O. 2005. Pour une nouvelle historie des sciences humaines: Lartet. Mortillet, Piette et le temps de la Préhistoire. Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française 102 (4) : 715- 720.

Moro Abadía, O.; González Morales, M. R. 2005. Presente-pasado. Definición y usos de una categoría historiográfica en historia de la ciencia: El arte prehistórico como paradigma (Present-past: Meanings and uses of a historiographical concept in the field of the history of science: Prehistoric art as a paradigm). Complutum 16: 59- 72.

Moro Abadía, O. 2005. La nueva historia de la ciencia y la sociología del conocimiento científico: un ensayo historiográfico (The new history of science and the sociology of scientific knowledge: a historiographical essay). Asclepio. Revista de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia 52 (2): 255- 280.

Moro Abadía, O.; González Morales, M. R. 2004. Towards a Genealogy of the Concept of “Paleolithic Mobiliary Art. Journal of Anthropological Research 60(3) : 321- 339.

Moro Abadía, O.; González Morales, M. R. 2003. L’art bourgeois de la fin du XIXe siècle face à l’art mobilier Paléolithique. L’Anthropologie 107 : 455- 470.

Moro Abadía, O. 2003. ¿Qué es un dispositivo? (What is a dispositif?). Empiria 6: 29- 46.

Moro Abadía, O. 2003. Michel Foucault: De la épistémè al dispositif (Michel Foucault: From episteme to dispositif). Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad de Costa Rica 104 (XLI): 27- 37.

Moro Abadía, O. 2002. Towards a Definition of Time in Archaeology: French Prehistoric Archaeology (1850- 1900). Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (University College London) 13: 51- 63.

Presentations (Selection)

André Leroi-Gourhan et le structuralisme: questions historiographiques et épistémologiques [André Leroi-Gourhan and structuralism: historiographical and epistemological questions], Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, February 3, 2016.

Prehistoric Personal Ornaments: From Trinkets to Artwork. Paper presented at the course ‘The materiality of artistic creation: weaving visual culture and chemistry’, International School Of Structural And Molecular Archaeology «Hubert Curien», Erice, Sicily (Italy), April 9, 2015.

One hundred and fifty years of Paleolithic Art. Conference presented at the Rooms, invited by the Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological
Society, St. John’s, April 1, 2015.

Breve historia del arte paleolitico (A short history of Paleolithic art). Conference paper presented at the seminar ‘El arte Paleolítico en el siglo XXI’, Santander, July, 2013.

Le symbole face à l’évolution : André leroi-Gourhan et l’art paléolithique. Paper presented with Eduardo Palacio-Pérez at the colloquium ‘L’homme tout simplement: Mémoires et postérités d’André Leroi-Gourhan’, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, April 2013.

El reconocimiento del arte prehistorico y sus implicaciones en la antropologia e historia de la ciencia (The recognition of prehistoric art and its implication for the history of science). Conference paper presented at the seminar ‘Altamira: Conservación y Conocimiento’, Santander, July 2012.

History and epistemology of the concept of ‘personal ornament’: The case of Arcy-sur-Cure as paradigm. Paper presented with Dr. April Nowel for the American Anthropological Association Meetings, Montreal, November 2011.

Hermenéutica e Historia de la Ciencia: La contribución de Gadamer al debate sobre el ‘presentismo’ (Hermenutics and the History of Science. The contribution of Gadamer to current debates on presentism). Conference paper presented at the colloquium Jornadas Theoria cum Praxi, Instituto de Filosofía, Madrid, June 2010.

¿Qué es un precursor? Juan de Vilanova y el descubrimiento de las pinturas de Altamira (What is a precursor ? Juan de Vilanova and the discovery of Altamira paintings). Conference paper presented at the Instituto de Investigaciones Prehistoricas de la Universidad de Cantabria, Santander (Spain), December 2009.

Qu’est-ce qu’un précurseur ? Juan de Vilanova et la découverte des peintures d’Altamira. Conference paper presented at the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche sur la Science et la Technologie, Université de Québec à Montreal (UQAM). Montréal, February 2009.

Pour une histoire non-présentiste des sciences: Hélène Metzger et la méthode philosophique en histoire des sciences. Conference paper presented at the Centre Alexandre Koyré. Paris, January 2009.

Origines de l’art et évolution humaine: Autour d’un débat récent. Conference paper presented at the 26th session of the International Seminar Représentations Préhistoriques. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle. Paris, January 2009.

‘Presentismo’ e historia de la ciencia: Hélène Metzger y la tradición crítica europea (Presentism and the history of science: Hélène Metzger and the European critical tradition). Contruyendo Europa: Tradición, valores y nueva ciudadadía, Instituto de Filosofía, Madrid, June, 2008.

Contra el privilegio de lo universal: Foucault y Bourdieu (Against the privilege of the universal: Foucault and Bourdieu). Conference paper presented at the colloquium Aproximaciones a la contingencia. Instituto de Filosofía. Madrid, November, 2007.

Bruce Trigger’s influence over the history of archaeology. Conference paper presented at the Seminar The Legacy of Bruce Trigger. University of Toronto, February, 2007.

L’art paléolithique est-il un “art”? Réflexions autour d’une question d’actualité. Conference paper presented at the International Seminar Représentations Préhistoriques. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle. Paris, January, 2007.

The history of archaeology and colonialism: From justification to critique. Paper presented at the session Postcolonialism and archaeology. 15th UISPP congress, Lisbon, Portugal, September, 2006.

La perspectiva genealógica de la historia (The genealogical perspective of history). Conference paper presented at the International Seminar Una nueva filosofía de la historia para una nueva Europa. Instituto de Filosofía. Madrid, March, 2006.

Altamira as a site of memory. Paper presented at the AREA scientific seminar Sites of Memory. Prague, February, 2006.

La définition de l’art primitif à la fin du XIXe siècle. Conference paper presented at the Seminar Histoire et politique de l’archéologie, Paris, January, 2006.

La arqueología desde una perspectiva postcolonial: una introducción (Archaeology from a postcolonial perspective: an introduction). Conference paper presented at the seminar Tecnociencia y Cultura. Sesión sobre “Arqueología y Sociedad, Instituto de Filosofía. Madrid, June, 2005.

Le voyage scientifique dans le cadre des études post-coloniales : L’expédition d’Égypte (1798) comme paradigme. Paper presented at the 130e Congrès national des sociétés historiques et scientifiques. Comité de Travaux Historiques et Scientifique (CTHS). La Rochelle, France. April, 2005.

L’archéologie : un savoir colonial ? Réponses à partir d’une perspective post- coloniale, Seminar presented at the Maison de l’Archéologie et de l’Ethnologie (Nanterre- Paris X). Paris, March, 2005.

‘Pensée- analogie’ : Potentialités d’une catégorie historiographique en historie de l’art paléolithique. Conference paper presented at the International Seminar Représentations Préhistoriques. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle. Paris, January, 2005.

Les usages politiques du passé : Post- colonialisme et archéologie. Conference paper presented at the Seminar Histoire et politique de l’archéologie, Paris, January, 2005.

Estudios post-coloniales y arqueología: Una introducción (Postcolonial studies and archaeology: an introduction). Paper presented ar the session: Postcolonialismo y arqueología: El caso de España y Portugal. IV Congreso de Arqueología Peninsular. Faro, Portugal, September, 2004.

The War Against the Whigs. Victory…or Defeat? Paper presented at the international conference Histories of Archaeology: Archives, Ancestors, Practices, Göteborg, Sweden, June, 2004.

Le présentisme et l’histoire de la science: Histoire d’un concept. Seminar presented at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Paris, May, 2004.

Pour une nouvelle histoire des sciences humaines: Lartet, Mortillet, Piette et le temps de la préhistoire. Paper presented at the 129e Congrès national des sociétés historiques et scientifiques, Besançon, France, April, 2004.

Baudelaire et l’art mobilier paléolithique. Seminar presented at la Maison de l’Archéologie et de l’Ethnologie. Nanterre- Paris X. Paris, April, 2003.

Nouvelles perspectives de l’histoire de l’archéologie: le temps dans l’Archéologie Préhistorique Française pendant la seconde moitié du 19ème siècle. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Congress Hugo Obermaier- Gesellschaft für Erforschung des Eiszeitalters und der Steinzeit. Santander, Spain, March 2003.

Vers une généalogie du concept d’art mobilier . Conference presented at the seminar Représentations Préhistoriques. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle. Paris, January 2003.

1902: Altamira o el reconocimiento de la complejidad del arte primitivo (1902:Altamira and the Recognition of the Complexity of Primitive Art). Paper presented at the II Congress of the history of Cantabria. Santander, Spain, November, 2002.

 

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