Wobst’s concern with social justice aligns neatly with the ideals of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC), particularly Article 2.2 of the Statutes, which state that WAC is ‘based on the explicit recognition of the historical and social role, and the political context, of archaeological enquiry, of archaeological organisations, and of archaeological interpretation’ (WAC 2008). The most visible of Wobst’s actions has been through his association with WAC’s journal Archaeologies and as Chair of WAC’s Travel Grants Committee, established initially for WAC-5 in Washington D.C., and re-established for WAC-6 in Ireland. In addition, Wobst has supported WAC by attending WAC Congresses, encouraging his students and colleagues to participate in WAC, providing informal advice when asked and promoting WAC generally. In January 2013, Wobst will give one of four key-note addresses at WAC-7, which will be held at the Dead Sea in Jordan, on the topic of Archaeological Complicity in War and Peace.
- social justice
- native people
- traditional ecologcal knowledge
- intellectual tradition
- World Archaeologcal Congress