Francis Allard, Department of Anthropology, was elected vice president/president elect of the Society for East Asian Archaeology at its meeting in Fukuoka, Japan, on June 6–10, 2012.
First established in the mid-1990s, the Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA) is an academic organization that brings together archaeologists and historians whose field and text-based research focuses on East Asia. Traditionally held every four years (but now transitioning to a two-year cycle owing to increased interest and membership), the much-anticipated conferences bring together members that are widely dispersed throughout the world.
Having attended the first four meetings (beginning in 1996), Allard presented a paper titled “The Tombs at Luobowan: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives” at the Fukuoka conference, the society’s largest gathering to date. Grouped in 24 sessions, the meeting’s more than 100 individual presentations focused on a wide range of East Asian topics, regions, and time periods.
Allard has been a council member of the SEAA since 1999 and was elected this year to the position of vice-president (who automatically assumes the position of president at the time of the next election cycle).