Research

Research Interests

Historical archaeology; public history; digital humanities, landscape; memory; racial violence; spatial analysis; digital heritage; serious games; American Southeast; Caribbean

Heritage, Collaboration, and New Media

The collaborative turn in archaeology and heritage represents one of my primary scholarly interests. The involvement of various publics strengthens interpretation and supports more nuanced and multivocal histories. My research also examines the process of engaging with descendant communities as equal partners in developing questions, methods, and interpretations. This includes the investigation of new media as a vehicle for translating academic research into public knowledge.

Relevant Publications
González-Tennant, Edward. In Press (2016). Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Technologies for an Engaged Pedagogy. In Deep Stories: Practicing, Teaching, and Learning Anthropology with Digital Storytelling, edited by Aaron Thornburg and Mariela Nunez-Janes, pp. xx-xx. De Gruyter Open.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2014. The “Color” of Heritage: Decolonizing Collaborative Archaeology in the Caribbean. Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage. 3(1):26-50.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2013. New Heritage and Dark Tourism: A Mixed Methods Approach to Social Justice in Rosewood, Florida. Heritage and Society 6(x):62-88.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2012. Intersectional Violence, New Media, and the 1923 Rosewood Pogrom. Fire: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies 1(2):64-110.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2010. Community Centered Praxis in Conflict Archaeology: Creating an Archaeology of Redress with the 1923 Race Riot in Rosewood, Florida. SAA Archaeological Record 10(4):46-49.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2010. Virtual Archaeology and Digital Storytelling: A Report from Rosewood, Florida. African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter, September:1-27.

Davidson, James M. and Edward González-Tennant. 2008. A Potential Archaeology of Rosewood, Florida: The Process of Remembering a Community and a Tragedy. SAA Archaeological Record 8(1):13-16.

Relevant Websites
Rosewood Heritage Project

Race, Diaspora, and Inequality

The process of constructing racial difference, often referred to as racialization, continues to haunt the modern world. I draw from diaspora studies, critical race feminism, and postcolonial studies to contextualize my research within broader comparative approaches, and center my analysis on individual and group agency. My preliminary work on this topic focused on the experiences of the Chinese diaspora in the US, Latin America, and New Zealand. I currently conduct research investigating complex African diaspora experiences in the American Southeast and Caribbean.

Relevant Publications
González-Tennant, Edward. 2015. Resurrecting Rosewood: New Heritage as Applied Visual Anthropology. In Participatory Visual and Digital Research in Action, edited by Aline Gubrium, Krista Harper, Marty Otanez, and Phillip Vannini, pp. 163-177. AltaMira Press.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2016. Hate Sits in Places: Folk Knowledge and the Power of Place in Rosewood, Florida. In Excavating Memory: Material Culture Approaches to Sites of Remembering and Forgetting edited by Maria T. Starzmann and John R. Roby, pp. 218-241. University Press of Florida.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2014. The “Color” of Heritage: Decolonizing Collaborative Archaeology in the Caribbean. Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage. 3(1):26-50.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2012. Intersectional Violence, New Media, and the 1923 Rosewood Pogrom. Fire: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies 1(2):64-110.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2011. Creating a Diasporic Archaeology of Chinese Migration: Tentative Steps across Four Continents. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 15(3):509-532.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2009. Modern Slavery and Student Activism. Anthropology News 50(7):60-61.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2007. オタゴ に 置ける 中国人 の歴史 (Otago ni okeru chuugokujin no rekishi – The History of the Chinese in Otago). In Comparative Research on Otago and Tsugaru: History, Literature and Music (In Japanese) edited by Dr. Nanyan Guo, pp. 157-172. Japan, Hirosaki University Press.

Relevant Websites
The Chinese Diaspora Emigrant Areas Locator (CDEAL) GIS

Research Methods

I routinely apply approaches from GIS, landscape studies, and the digital humanities to manage and interpret cultural heritage. This is a deeply contextual approach informing a reflexive methodology allowing archaeologists to quickly respond to new knowledge. I have consulted with a wide range of groups including Michigan Technological University, Florida Museum of Natural History, Mission San Luis, and others. I also lead the Geospatial Analysis workshop at the AAA’s annual meetings.

Relevant Publications
González-Tennant, Edward. 2016. Recent Directions and Future Developments in Geographic Information Systems for Historical Archaeology. Historical Archaeology 50(4):xx-xxx.

González-Tennant, Edward and Diana González-Tennant. 2016. The Practice and Theory of New Heritage for Historical Archaeology. Historical Archaeology: Special Themed Volume on Landscape 50(1):186-203

González-Tennant, Edward. 2015. Resurrecting Rosewood: New Heritage as Applied Visual Anthropology. In Participatory Visual and Digital Research in Action, edited by Aline Gubrium, Krista Harper, Marty Otanez, and Phillip Vannini, pp. 163-177. AltaMira Press.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2013. The Undead Liven Up the Classroom. ArcUser Magazine Summer 2013:64-66.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2011. Creating a Diasporic Archaeology of Chinese Migration: Tentative Steps across Four Continents. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 15(3):509-532.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2010. Census Data and Property Records: An Alternative Archaeology of Rosewood. Anthropology News: Special Issue on Anthropology and the Census 51(5):26.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2009. Using Geodatabases to Generate “Living Documents” with GPS & GIS for Archaeology: A Case Study from the Otago Goldfields, New Zealand. Historical Archaeology 43(3):20-37.

González-Tennant, Edward. 2007. A Sample Geodatabase Structure for Managing Archaeological Data and Resources with ArcGIS. Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology 2:12-23.

González-Tennant, Edward and Peter Bristow. 2004. Mapping Nenthorn: Taking Advantage of Emerging GPS and GIS Technologies. Archaeology in New Zealand, 47(3), 203-214.