Webinar Series: From the Margins to the Mainstream: Black and Indigenous Futures in Archaeology

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If you haven’t already please be sure to check out the ongoing monthly webinar series, “From the Margins to the Mainstream: Black and Indigenous Futures in Archaeology“.

Widespread protests against police violence and anti-Black racism have recently swept the globe. In the wake of protests in May and June, specifically, many citizens and communities looked to build new momentum in the fight for civil rights and social justice.

The field of archaeology has its own history to confront. Racism, elitism, and colonialism suffuse the discipline and its practices. Although some scholars have been working to unearth these stories and envision a new future for the field, much work remains to be done.

To advance critical conversations about archaeology, a coalition of organizations created a new webinar series. These public dialogues—intended for both scholars and the larger public—are among academics, artists, and community members.

The next installment in the series, “An Archaeology of Redress and Restorative Justice” will be on Wednesday, October 7th from 4-6 PM (Eastern). To register for this event click here.

Head on over to SAPIENS for the full list of events.

Organized by the Society of Black Archaeologists, the Indigenous Archaeology Collective, the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and SAPIENS.

 

Webinar 10/7: An Archaeology of Redress and Restorative Justice

On Wednesday, October 7th the Wenner-Gren Foundation co-sponsored, “An Archaeology of Redress and Restorative Justice”.

Archaeologists and heritage professionals whose work overlays histories of colonialism, exploitation, collective violence, and genocide are increasingly aware that they cannot simply take refuge in prehistory to avoid troubling pasts; nor is it sufficient to merely acknowledge historical wrongs. And yet scholars often struggle to identify ways that archaeological and heritage work can make a meaningful impact. In this webinar, we explore how archaeology can not only identify the legacies of inequity, injustice, and violence that have shaped historical and contemporary communities, but also to open the possibility of redress for the continuing systemic inequities these legacies reveal (i.e. environmental racism, racialized disenfranchisement, heritage erasure). Panelists will discuss how they blend archaeology and heritage work with principles of redress and restorative justice.

Panelists:

Mary Elliott, Curator of Slavery, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

Sada Mire, PhD, Director, Horn Heritage Organisation

Kisha Supernant, (Métis Nation of Alberta), PhD, Director, Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology, University of Alberta

Michael Wilcox (Yuman/Quechan descent), PhD, Senior Lecturer in Native American Studies, Stanford University

Moderated by Margaret Bruchac, (Abenaki), PhD, Coordinator, Native American & Indigenous Studies, University of Pennsylvania

CART captioning will be provided by Lori Stavropoulos.

Sponsored by the Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and SAPIENS

 

Announcing the Recipients of the Rapid-Response Grants on Covid-19 and the Social Sciences

The Wenner-Gren Foundation, in collaboration with the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is proud to announce the recipients of Rapid-Response Grants on Covid-19 and the Social Sciences.  Below is a list of the projects funded by Wenner-Gren, all of which were proposed by anthropologists and scholars in closely related fields. For a full list of recipients and further information about this program, please visit the SSRC website.

Covid-19 Messaging and Youth Engagements on TikTok

Crystal Abidin, Senior Research Fellow, Internet Studies, Curtin University

Enduring Social Inequalities: Black Communities’ Responses to the “Covid-19 Crisis” in Brazil, Colombia and Kenya

Jaime Alves, Assistant Professor, Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Raquel de Souza, Researcher, Federal University of Bahia

Wangui Kimari, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cape Town

Amanda Pinheiro, Doctoral Student, University of California, Santa Barbara

Terrance Wooten, Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Humor as a Semiotic Resource: Coping with Covid-19 Stress in Africa

Bassey Antia, Professor, Linguistics, University of the Western Cape

Sinfree Makoni, Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Occupational Diseases in the Context of Pandemic: Managing Risk and Care among the Working-Class Households

Basak Can, Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, Koç University

Zeynel Gul, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University

A People’s History of the Pandemic: Global Households and Covid-19 in Asia

Cathryn Clayton, Associate Professor and Chair, Asian Studies Program, University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Impacts of Covid-19 on Community-Based Maternal Health Projects

Haile Cole, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut

Containment and Distrust: Impacts of Covid-19 responses and historical containment on city making from below in Nairobi

Anders Ese, Head of Research and Development, Urban-A

Romola Sanyal, Associate Professor of Urban Geography, London School of Economics and Political Science

Joseph Mukeku, Community Design Architect & Affordable Housing Specialist, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Benjamin Sidori, Research Assistant, Urban-A

Queering the Surveillance Assemblage: Covid-19 and Homophobia in South Korea

Timothy Gitzen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, University of Hong Kong

Wonkeun Chun, Research Professor, Sookmyung Women’s University

Re/defining “Essential Work”: The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Venezuelan Migrants in Argentina

Mariya Ivancheva, School of Histories, Languages, and Cultures, University of Liverpool

Jésica Lorena Pla, Permanent Research Fellow, Research Institute Gino Germani, University of Buenos Aires

Lockdown Diaries: Pandemic Stories from the Field

Ann Laudati, Instructor of Human-Environmental Geography, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

Charlotte Mertens, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Melbourne

Stephanie Perazzone, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Antwerp

Re-Imagining Social Futures:  Lessons from Diverse Household Experiences during a Global Pandemic

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, Professor, School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Well-Being in a Time of Social Distancing: Indonesian Domestic Workers in Singapore and Hong Kong

Dyah Pitaloka, Research Scholar, Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship

Frenia Nababan, Lecturer, Universitas Multimedia Nusantara

Governing the Pandemic: Relief and Resilience in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Maya Ratnam, Assistant Professor, School of Arts and Sciences, Ahmedabad University

Stigma Syndemics and End-Stage Kidney Disease in Disenfranchised Urban Communities Fighting Covid-19

Merav Shohet, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University

Insa Marie Schmidt, Postdoctoral Researcher, Boston University

Lauren Dana Stern, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University

Mapping Daily Routines, Rituals, and Virtual Emotional Intimacies in Covid-19 Pakistan

Zujaja Wahaj, Assistant Professor, International Business and Marketing, NUST Business School, National University of Sciences and Technology

Oliver Kayas, Senior Lecturer in Business Information Systems, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Asfia Obaid, Assistant Professor, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad

Lubaba Sadaf, Assistant Professor, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad

“Invisible Monsters”: The Pandemic Imaginary of Infectious Pathogens and Infectious Bodies

Lisa Wynn, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University

Thomas Strong, Lecturer, Maynooth University

Susanna Trnka, Associate Professor, University of Auckland

 

NYAS Lecture 9/21: Making your Research Make a Difference: Designing a Strategy to Engage the Public with Social Media

On September 21st the New York Academy of Sciences will be hosting a webinar entitled, “Making your Research Make a Difference: Designing a Strategy to Engage the Public with Social Media”. Kristina Baines, Associate Professor at Guttman Community College, “Director of Anthropology” at Cool Anthropology, and Victoria Costa, Creative Technologist, “Director of Cool” at Cool Anthropology will be speaking. Baird Campbell, Public Scholarship Graduate Assistant at Cool Anthropology, and Hannia Delgado, Social Media Manager at Cool Anthropology will be co-facilitating.

The lecture will begin at 6:30 EST. Click here to register.

A live stream will be on Facebook and YouTube.

Social media platforms can be both a democratizing force and a dismissive space, simultaneously making research accessible and applicable to a wide audience while also rendering it reductive and dangerously generalized. In this workshop participants will develop a step-by-step plan to engage a wide audience with their research and applied projects without compromising rigor or grounded discussion. With the often complicated power dynamics inherent in Anthropology, to remain silent about political matters is, in itself, a political act. It is increasingly urgent that anthropologists think of themselves as engaged citizens, not simply researchers and practitioners. This workshop invites participants to expand their perspective on how their work is relevant to the public, and helps build the toolkit required to reach people outside of our discipline.

About the Speakers:

Kristina Baines is a sociocultural anthropologist with an applied medical/environmental focus. Her research interests include indigenous ecologies, health, and heritage in the context of global change, in addition to publicly engaged research and dissemination practices. She is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York (CUNY), Guttman Community College, and the Director of Anthropology for Cool Anthropology.

Victoria Costa is a creative innovator who leverages her skills in design thinking, program management, technology and collective action to build community around projects supporting more just societies. Her interests include social permaculture, rethinking education and breaking down the walls of academia to provide wide access to research ideas. She is co-founder and principal strategist at Cool Anthropology, research scholar at the Ronin Institute, and serves on the advisory board of the Oglala Lakota Economic and Cultural Revitalization Initiative (OLCERI).

Watch Now: Wenner-Gren Proposal Writing Webinar: Funding Anthropological Research in the Age of Covid-19

On September 23rd Danilyn Rutherford, the President of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, held a discussion of how to seek funding for your research in these tumultuous times. Danilyn discussed everything from changes to the application questions to the meaning and ethics of research at a moment when anthropologists and those affected by their work are facing enormous challenges. She also described some of the new programs Wenner-Gren is launching to advance anthropological knowledge, amplify the impact of anthropology, address the precarity of anthropology and anthropologists, and promote an inclusive vision of the field.

CART captioning was provided by Gay Cordova.