On April 7, 2021 the Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, and The Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research hosted, “Black and Indigenous Futures”. Watch it now!
This virtual panel discussion is part of a year-long series that features transformational approaches to archaeological storytelling. More information on the event series can be found here: www.sapiens.org/futures.
We are excited to announce the next webinar sponsored by the Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, and the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan. Join us March 3, 2021 from 4-6 pm EST “The Fire This Time: Black & Indigenous Ecologies by registering here.
The seminar will be moderated by Dr. Peter Nelson (Coast Miwok & citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria; UC Berkeley) and panelists include Diné artist Jerrel Singer, Dr. Isabel Rivera-Collazo (UCSD), Dr. Kristina Douglass (Penn State) and Dr. Justin Hosbey (Emory University).
The webinar will be hosted on Zoom and live-streamed via Vimeo. Live CART captioning will be provided and live translation will be offered in Spanish and French. The event will be recorded and available for later viewing.
This virtual panel discussion is part of a year-long series that features transformational approaches to archaeological storytelling. More information on the event series can be found here.
This survey seeks information on student experiences with managing the financial costs of archaeological field schools, including the experiences of those who were unable to attend a field school because of costs or other exclusionary factors. In particular, we seek to understand how hidden costs may be making participation difficult, creating a roadblock to a fully inclusive discipline. The survey should require only 5-8 minutes of your time.
This survey has been developed by a consortium of academic programs in archaeology in collaboration with the Society of Black Archaeologists, the Indigenous Archaeology Collective, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and SAPIENS. Our shared goal is to find ways to improve student experiences and the diversity of the next generation of researchers. You can find the list of the archaeological centers that are sponsoring this survey at this link. The survey is intended for students whose primary training has been at a US-based educational institution. If you attended more than one field school, please base your responses on your first experience.
This survey is fully anonymous. No identifying information will be captured with your responses. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.
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.
On Wednesday, June 17, the Wenner-Gren Foundation and SAPIENS joined forces to share excerpts from four critically significant and deeply relevant books and a conversation with the authors on how their work speaks to our times. We were delighted to have an opportunity to introduce to a broad audience some of the most important and provocative thinkers working in our field.
This is a moment of reckoning. The murder of George Floyd was not an isolated incident but the latest episode in a long history of anti-Blackness, a form of violence that is deeply rooted and global in its reach. The books featured in this webinar help us understand the workings and origins of this form of violence and its infiltration into every corner of our societies. At the same time, these books mobilize the power of the anthropological imagination to show what it might take to make a better world. At this moment of sadness, anger, and possibility, these books are essential reading for anyone worried about where we’ve come from and what to do next.
Laurence Ralph, Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and Director of the Center on Transnational Policing. The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence.
Christen Smith, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence, and Performance in Brazil.
Savannah Shange, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Anti-Blackness, and Schooling in San Francisco.
Deborah A. Thomas, R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, and the Director of the Center for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania. Political Life in the Wake of the Plantation: Sovereignty, Witnessing, Repair.
Chip Colwell, Editor-in-Chief, SAPIENS
Eshe Lewis, SAPIENS Public Fellow
Danilyn Rutherford, President, Wenner-Gren Foundation