Associate professors Alice Gorman from Flinders University in Australia and Justin Walsh of Chapman University in California will be leading an archaeological study of humans in space, observing the lives of the crew living on the International Space Station.
Walsh and Gorman hope to address several big-picture questions that have not previously been posed by other earthbound archaeologists in the field, including: How do crew members interact with each other and with equipment and spaces originating in other cultures? How does material culture reflect gender, race, class, and hierarchy on the ISS? How do spaces and objects frame interactions of conflict or cooperation? How have crew members altered the space station to suit their needs or desires? What are the effects of microgravity on the development of society and culture?
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