MHAC 12 | Neighborhoods

12th Annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference

Archaeology & the Power / Danger of Neighborhoods

Friday September 23 & Saturday September 24, 2016

Detroit, Michigan


Venues: Detroit (UM Detroit Center & Wayne State University campus)                                Co-hosted by: Wayne State University & University of Michigan (Dearborn & Ann Arbor)

Presentations are invited that engage with the physical spaces of neighborhoods, past and present, as well as with current community archaeology initiatives. We encourage content that considers the ways in which neighborhoods can be spaces of power and/or danger, particularly with regard to issues of identity politics, economic inequality, heritage discourse, ruination, and revitalization. Archaeologists and related colleagues from all career stages are welcome to participate. Presentations will take the form of short “lightning” talks (7 mins, with Powerpoint) or research posters. Presenters must provide a short abstract (no more than 150 words) and title of their presentation by the abstract submission deadline. All attendees, presenters and non-presenters, are asked to register in advance. Registration is free.  (See below for links to the abstract and registration forms).

This year’s plenary discussant is Dr. Stephen Mrozowski. Plenary panelists are Dr. Dean Anderson, Lauren Hood, and Dr. Andrew Newman.


Final Conference Program, including presentation times and presenters: mhac-program_final-with-updates

Further information on venue locations and parking appears below in the Schedule and Maps sections


Friday September 23

University of Michigan’s Detroit Center (3663 Woodward AveCorner of Woodward & MLK Blvd)

1:00-4:00pm  Optional bus tour of Detroit (fully booked)

5:30-6:45pm  Plenary Panel: The Power / Danger of Neighborhoods, Perspectives from Detroit

Dr. Dean Anderson, Michigan State Archaeologist 

Lauren Hood, Acting Director Live-6, Member of Preservation Detroit Board of Directors and Detroit’s Historic District Commission

Dr. Andrew Newman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Wayne State University

6:45-8:30pm    Reception (Food, Drink & Music by Dr. Carleton Gholz, Detroit Sound Conservancy)

Saturday September 24

Wayne State University – Community Arts Auditorium

(450 Reuther Mall, Community Arts Building behind 5401 Cass Ave)

8:45am            Registration and Coffee

9:00-4:45pm    Presentations (see Conference Program, above)

4:45-5:15pm    Plenary Discussant: Dr. Stephen Mrozowski, Professor of Anthropology and Director of  the Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research, UMass Boston

5:30pm            Off-site Happy Hour at Tony V’s Tavern, 5756 Cass Ave



Participants may submit an abstract for either a 7-minute oral presentation or a research poster. The abstract submission system for presentations and posters is now closed.

Oral presentations will be strictly timed and limited to 7 minutes.


*all attendees – presenters and non-presenters – must register

Advance registrants had the option of signing up for a FREE guided 3-hour bus tour of Detroit on the afternoon of Friday September 23. The tour is now full. The bus tour will depart from the University of Michigan’s Detroit Center at 1pm on Friday.

Advance registration closed on September 9, 2016. On-site registration will be available on September 23 & 24. Tour options will be unavailable at that time.


The Wayne State / UM Detroit campus and parking map has the venue locations for Friday and Saturday highlighted, as well as nearby parking garages where attendees may pay to park. On-street metered parking is available in the Wayne State neighborhood, but please be advised that parking tickets are very pricey (and plentiful) in Midtown. Further info about parking can be found on the Wayne State and UM Detroit parking pages.


Information about where to park near the UM Detroit Center for Friday, September 23

There are a number of road closures in Midtown due to the construction of the M-1 Light Rail on Woodward Ave and Cass Ave. This construction activity also causes closures to nearby exits and lanes on I-94 and M-10 on the weekends. It is suggested that attendees check their routes for traffic or delays in advance to avoid delays.


St. Regis Hotel (Midtown, near campus)

Aloft Detroit (Downtown)

Trumbull & Porter Hotel (Corktown)




Questions? Contact the co-organizers:
Krysta Ryzewski
John Chenoweth
Sue Alcock

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