Dr. Laura Kelvin

Position

ISER Postdoctoral Fellow

Academics

Ph.D (Anthropology), The University of Western Ontario, 2017

Research Interests

My postdoctoral research explores best practices for knowledge sharing through the creation of the Avertok Archaeology Community Archive. This research is part of the Avertok Archaeology Project, which was initiated by the Inuit Community Government of Hopedale, Nunatsiavut through the Tradition and Transition: Piusitukaujuit Asianguvalliajuillu research partnership. This digital archive will feature artifacts recovered from the Avertok archaeology site that are housed in museums across North America and Europe. This project aims to bring Elders and youth from Hopedale together to create content for the archive, including community knowledge of artifacts and archaeology sites, oral histories, traditional knowledge, and digital replicas of artifacts. My research takes an archaeological ethnographic approach to documenting the process of building the archive seeking to understand the possible implications for the intellectual property rights of knowledge contributors.

https://www.facebook.com/avertokarchaeology/

Recent Publications

Kelvin, Laura Elena and Lisa Rankin
2014 The Inuit-Metis of Sandwich Bay: Oral Histories and Archaeology. The History and Renaissance of Labrador’s Inuit-Metis ed. John C. Kennedy. ISER Books, St. John’s. Pp.120-134.

Recent Presentations
Kelvin, Laura Elena and Lisa Hodgetts.
2017 At the Heart of the Ikaahuk Archaeology Project. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kelvin, Laura Elena and Lisa Hodgetts.
2015 “Climate Change, Archaeology and Inuvialuit Heritage on Banks Island, NWT”. Paper presented at the 2015 Interdisciplinary Polar Science in Svalbard Conference, Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

Kelvin, Laura Elena and Lisa Hodgetts.
2015 “ ‘We learn through doing’: Inuvialuit Historicity and Community-Based Archaeology on Banks Island”. Paper presented at the 2015 Canadian Archaeological Association Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Hodgetts, L., L. Kelvin and K. Kotar
2015 “Connecting with the Past:Seasonal Rhythms at a Thule Inuit Qarmaq on Banks Island, NWT” Canadian Archaeological Association Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Hodgetts, L., C. Haukaas and L. Kelvin
2015 “Delivering on the Promise: Mobilizing Knowledge in the Ikaahuk Archaeology Project” Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, San Francisco.

Kelvin, Laura Elena and Lisa Hodgetts.
2014 “Inuvialuit Historicity and Community-Based Archaeology”. Paper presented at the 19th Inuit Studies Conference, Quebec City, Quebec.

Hodgetts, Lisa, Colleen Haukaas and Laura Kelvin
2014 “From the Ground Up: Building a Community-Based Archaeology of Banks Island, Arctic Canada”. Paper presented at the 79th Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas.

Kelvin, Laura Elena and Lisa Hodgetts
2014 “The Problem with ‘Community’ in a Community-Based Research Project: Notes from a Preliminary Field season in Sachs Harbour, NWT. Paper presented at the 2014 Canadian Archaeological Association Conference, London, Ontario

Kelvin, Laura Elena
2011 “The Best of Both Worlds: Inuit-Metis Oral Histories and Archaeology”. Paper presented at the 2011 Canadian Archaeological Association Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Kelvin, Laura Elena
2011 “The Inuit-Metis of Sandwich Bay”. Paper presented at the 2011 Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Kelvin, Laura Elena, Phoebe Murphy and Lisa K. Rankin
2010 “Disseminating to Those Who Care: Archaeological Research and the Labrador Inuit-Metis”. Paper presented at the 2010 Chacmool Conference, Calgary, Alberta.

Contact

Department of Archaeology

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

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