Eric Simons

Anthropological Archaeology; Indigenous Knowledge; Indian Residential Schools; Epistemology; Ethics

Research summary:

I am an anthropological archaeologist, primarily focused on the interplay between archaeology and contemporary peoples. I am undertaking PhD research to examine how archaeology may contribute to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation process, particularly through applied, community-driven archaeological investigation in Indian Residential School mortuary contexts.

My MA thesis explored how archaeologists in British Columbia work with Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and knowledge-holders, considering the methodological, social, and epistemic implications of this engagement.

Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Martindale

MA Archaeology – Simon Fraser University
BA Archaeology – Simon Fraser University
BFA Visual Art – Simon Fraser University

Associations:
Core planning team, Indigenous/Science UBC Research Cluster (https://indigenousscience.ubc.ca)
UBC Public Scholar (https://www.grad.ubc.ca/psi)
Associate, Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage project (https://www.sfu.ca/ipinch/)

2018 McMillan, Rhy, Andrew Martindale, Dominque Weis, Alison Wylie, Jess Metcalfe, and Eric Simons. Reconciliation: Networks of Science and Indigeneity in the Analysis of Material Culture. Poster presentation for Resources for Future Generations Conference, 2018, Vancouver.

2018 Simons, Eric. Archaeologists and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge in British Columbia. Poster presentation for UBC Anthropology Graduate Student Conference.

2016 Society for Applied Anthropology 2016 Conference. Presentation: “Hybrid Epistemologies: Traditional Knowledge and Archaeology in British Columbia.”

2015 SFU Archaeology Symposium. Poster presentation: “Hybrid Epistemologies: Traditional Knowledge and Archaeology in British Columbia”

2015 BC Archaeology Forum. Poster presentation: “Hybrid Epistemologies: Traditional Knowledge and Archaeology in British Columbia”

UBC Public Scholar – PhD Student , 2018
SSHRC – Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s , 2015
Phil Hobbler Memorial Award (SFU) , 2015
Jack Nance Memorial Prize (SFU) , 2013