The life is a challenge, and it is only one.
We were born once and we die once.
We meet some people to remember
them forever, or to live with them forever, or
to avoid them forever. Then, the network of
our relationships is an important component
of our social status; how we act in this
network defines our personality. Some
personalities are exemplary, other may
even terrify us...
The life is life to go through it trying to live in way to be a positive example for others and to
do our best.
Science is a combination of individuality, personal culture and social response.
Douglass W. Bailey is an example of author who has entered very early the classic library
of anthropology - an achievement which is extremely rare today in science.
as People: Douglass W Bailey
Lolita (2014). Digital art.
Lolita (2013). Digital art.
Lolita (2014). Digital art.
2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. March 29-April 2, Vancouver, BC Canada
Proposal for abstract (extended text):
Non-for-profit Organizations and the Progress in Science: SAA Case Study
(Lolita Nikolova, PhD, MH, AAS, MA, EdD candidate)
Non-for-profit organizations are crucial for the development of global science. SAA is an
excellent case study for analyzing how archeology responses to the global call for an effective and
efficient science. Do SAA Annual Meetings implement all global standards for creating an arena
to boil fresh ideas for a progressive science?
The presentation will analyze the structure of SAA Annual Meetings and what makes them
different from the leading standards of scientific meetings. It will also propose a strategic plan for
transforming the SAA annual meetings into a main arena for communicating and making a
progressive archaeological science with an immediate social impact on global society.
Some of the visions are based on the 2015 SAA Annual Meeting where the session organizers
created an absurd environment of objectivization of the attendees by not allowing any discussion
and even addressing questions to the presenters. A culmination was the almost 4 hour session
dedicated to Ruth Tringham (18 April 2015), which started with an unsuccessful attempt by
Tringham through the security to have scared/removed from the session an attendee who publicly had
disagreed with the legacy of this session. The reason of Tringham's behavior with an analogy in the
communist dictatorship's policy became clear in the course of the session when instead critical
reviews of the enormous amount of taxpayers spent money by Tringham, the participants attempted
to have mythologized her place in American archaeology through misinterpretation of her
professional activity and role and hiding most important facts or avoiding a serious critical
A key issue is the recent method of acceptance of the abstracts. While the former President Jeff Altschul
mentioned at TAG Buffalo 2012 that SAA did not typically reject abstracts, for several months in 2015
with the new leadership, the corruption went so deep that the current President Gifford-Gonzales writes
about evaluation by a special committee of the authors' "intelligence of English expression and usage"
which places SAA in a dangerous position to build corruptive barriers for inappropriate censure (there is
no phrase or sentence written in English which cannot be criticized if there is a willing for such critics).
Instead an organization assisting archaeologists, SAA has been turning into a place for inappropriate
practicing of power which damages the American democracy, archaeology and archaeologists. Analogies
with ASOR social practices and leadership will help to answer a crucial question: Why do academic current
or former employees invade the non-for-profit organizations to damage American democracy?
The proposed vision and mission statements for a SAA strategic transforming plan will be based on
the global humanity and the following theoretical cells of construction of an optimal design of
success: honesty, smartness, assessed professional knowledge, creativity, following highest
cultural standards, extraordinary leadership, American dream, professional family as a high value in
archaeology, responsibility for any penny of the taxpayer money, stimulating academic mobility,
anti-corruption, archaeology of social impact, intellectualization of archaeology, integration of the
efforts of all internal and external stakeholders in American archaeology to make it the most
respected extraordinary global branch in archaeology, respect to the professional critical
thinking and stimulating only critical thinking based on scientific arguments, dynamic competition,