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12.09.2019 17:18

Statement: European Association of Archaeologists, "Archaeology and the Future of Democracy"

Die European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) hat auf der Mitgliederversammlung ihrer Jahrestagung 2019 in Bern das Statement "Archeology and the Future of Democracy" verabschiedet. Darin heißt es:

"EAA, as countless other organisations, shares the common objective of Europe for peaceful and stable societies, founded on respect for human rights, intellectual and academic freedom, democracy, cultural
diversity and the rule of law.

Archaeology translates the material remains of the past into histories. The narratives that
archaeologists create can reflect, relate and inform the social and political structures and
actions of the present. By re-constructing past worlds, archaeology reflects the knowledge and
values of today's world and is influenced by its social and political values. Archaeology, by
interpreting the past, therefore reflects on existing and potential social and cultural conditions
of present and future worlds. This is why archaeologists as citizens have a political
responsibility. (...)

It is from this professional background that we regard it as our civic duty, along with other
experts, to engage in political debate, to present our knowledge, options and consequences of
social and political actions. To fulfil our societal role effectively, we require the unrestricted
environment of academic freedom and institutional independence. That freedom must be
protected. In this way we can assist in informing the decision-making processes of our
democratic institutions in a context of freedom of expression and dissemination, and
intellectual independence. Respect for diversity and the broadest possible inclusion of all kinds
of cultural diversity is the litmus test of any democracy. Political discussion in our democratic
institutions is based on freedom of expression and the media. It involves pointed language that
clearly expresses singular positions and perspectives, but it does so with a fundamental
respect - and, critically, it does so without denying the human rights of other people."

Das vollständige Statement können Sie hier nachlesen.

Einen Artikel zum Entstehungshintergrund des Statements finden Sie hier.