Alison Wylie

Selected Publications
  • Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology, co-authored with Robert Chapman, Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, London, 2016.
  • Material Evidence: Learning from Archaeological Practice, co-edited with Robert Chapman, Routledge, London, 2015.
  • “A Plurality of Pluralisms: Collaborative Practice in Archaeology”: in Objectivity in Science: New Perspectives from Science and Technology Studies, edited by Flavia Padovani, Alan Richardson, and Jonathan Y. Tsou, Springer, 2015, pp. 189-210.
  • “Feminist Philosophy of Science: Standpoint Matters,” Presidential Address, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division: in Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association, 86.2 (2012): 47-76.
  • “The Promise and Perils of an Ethic of Stewardship,” Embedding Ethics, edited by Lynn Meskell and Peter Pells, Berg Press, London, 2005, pp. 47-68.
Research Interests    

I work primarily on epistemic and ethical questions raised by research practice in the social and historical sciences: What counts as evidence? Are ideals of objectivity viable given the central role that contextual values play in all aspects of inquiry? How do we make research accountable – in its aims and its practice – to the diverse communities it affects? I’m particularly interested in these issues as raised by archaeological practice and by feminist research in the social sciences. I’m currently developing a cluster of projects on collaborative practice and feminist standpoint theory.

Recent and Upcoming Presentations
  • “Temporal Data that Travel”: to be presented at “Varieties of Data Journeys, conference organised by Sabina Leonelli and Niccolò Tempini (November 2017).
  • 2017 Dewey Lecture: “Philosophy from the Ground Up”: American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division annual meeting (April 2017).
  • “Legacy Data, Radiocarbon Dating, and Robustness Reasoning”:  Philosophy of Science Association biennial meeting (Atlanta, November 2016).
  • 2016 Solomon Katz Distinguished Lecture: “What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology” (Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington, May 2016).
  • CLMPS 2015 Keynote: “How Archaeological Evidence Bites Back: Scaffolding, Critical Distance and Triangulation” (Helsinki, August 2015).
  • Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change”: book launch lecture, Gender Institute, Australian National University (May 2014).