Updates, News, and Fun, Fall 2018 Edition

What a year this has already turned out to be! I haven’t been as active here on the blog, but always check out @DrMaryClary on Twitter for lots of updates, and @KatieClaryPhD on Insta for current news, musings, and updates. As I am currently waiting impatiently for Hurricane Florence to hit, I’m hoping to get caught up on a lot of writing and blogging.

Here is a quick run-down of 2018 so far:

20180310_213200I accepted a new position as Assistant Professor of History, Public History at Coastal Carolina University in the spring! I’m thrilled to get to continue my work here in South Carolina with Public history, access, human remains, and cultural heritage.

NCPH 2018 was a blast as usual. I presented my new work on bodies and museums with a fantastic group of women and chaired a panel titled, “Death and Display, Bodies and Boundaries.” I hope to expound upon our panel at that work very soon.


I took a vacation to England! I also did some incredible anecdotal research on remains in museums and saw artifacts I’ve been reading about for years at the Ashmolean Museum and others. I also managed to hike about 40 miles of the Cotswolds Way in the bizarre heat and sunshine of England in May.

I had an article come out based on my conference paper at the EXARC 2017 conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The paper, “Public Access to (Pre-)History Through Archaeology” is available through the EXARC Open Access Journal at this link

20180907_180349Most recently, I traveled to the UK to do some research on human remains in several museums in London, and then I traveled up to York to present at the Death and Culture Network conference at the University of York. What an amazing conference and group of people to be a part of. I can’t wait to share more with you about the conference, potential projects coming out of it, and the rad people I met. In the meantime, check out the Hashtag #DC2 on twitter for highlights from myself and some other dedicated live-tweeters. As for the paper I presented, it should be coming out soon in the American Association for State and Local History quarterly, History News. I’ll share it when it is!

DSC03332~2This semester I’m working with a research fellow from my college to develop a full-scale Reacting to the Past game based on a mini-game I created last fall about the development of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. What an incredible melding of all of my interests – pedagogy, game play, human remains, cultural heritage, and public history – all in one! Happily, my workshop on this topic with the incomparable Dr. Abby Gautreau and Dan Ott has been accepted for NCPH 2019; see you all soon in Hartford!

I’m also updating my interactive CV tab here to include my most recent work.

So busy, all the time, but loving every minute of it. Catch you soon, but see you on Twitter in the meantime!

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