Webinar 1/13: Unsettling the Past: Radically Reimagining Archaeological Knowledge

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 SAPIENS, Unsettling the Past: Radically Reimagining Archaeological Knowledge. The webinar will be held on January 13, 2021 from 4-6 pm EST and is sponsored by the Stanford Archaeology Center. You can register for the event here

The webinar will be moderated by Whitney Battle-Baptiste, PhD (Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center and Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst) and panelists include Sara Gonzalez, PhD (Associate Professor at the University of Washington and Curator of Archaeology at the Burke Museum), Sven Haakanson (Alutiiq), PhD (Associate Professor at the University of Washington and Curator of North American Anthropology at the Burke Museum), Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) (Contemporary Pueblo Painter and Dubin Fellow), and Cheryl White, PhD (Archaeology Coordinator, Anton de Kom University of Suriname). The webinar will be hosted on Zoom and live-streamed via Vimeo. CART captioning will be provided, and 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: www.sapiens.org/futures.

Webinar 12/9 and 12/10: Fecundações Cruzadas: concebendo corpo-pensamento entre filosofias ameríndias e epistemologias transfeministas

On December 9th and 10th the Wenner-Gren Foundation in partnership with Revista de Estudos Indígenas/Ethnology Research Center of Campinas State University (CPEI/Unicamp), Amerindian Studies Center of University of São Paulo (CEstA/USP), and the Research Group on Anthropology of the Body of Federal University of São Paulo (AnCA-UNIFESP), will be presenting, “Fecundações Cruzadas: concebendo corpo-pensamento entre filosofias ameríndias e epistemologias transfeministas”.

Organized by Lucas da Costa Maciel, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bru Pereira, Independent Scholar, and Diego Madi Dias, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Be sure to check out a livestream of the webinars here. No registration is required.

ABOUT THE WEBINARS:

In this webinar, participants will discuss the future of anthropological reflections regarding the academic production of Amerindian ethnology. In an effort to explore the possibilities that arise from a conceptual “contact zone” between Amerindian philosophies and transfeminist thought, the conversation will bring together modes of perception and knowledge that decenter the paradigm of Cartesian rationalism that is often at the heart of the project of modernity. While there are very real differences between these two world views, the potential for imaginative practices that facilitate the generation of shared futures is enhanced by bringing them together. We aim to expand the conversation around the possible connections between these two conceptual universes, with the hope of creating a community of researchers who engage in the work of building a shared dialogue and research agenda based on the possibilities of cross-fertilization between them.

 

Programa do Webinário
Fecundações Cruzadas: concebendo corpo-pensamento entre filosofias ameríndias e epistemologias transfeministas 

Dias 09 e 10/12/2020
Transmissão online: https://is.gd/fecunda
Nenhuma inscrição é necessária
Idiomas: Português e Espanhol
Organização: Bru Pereira, Lucas Maciel e Diego Madi Dias

09/12
 
10:00  CONTATO – Sobre Fecundações Cruzadas
Bru Pereira (Unifesp)
Lucas Maciel (USP)
Diego Madi Dias (USP)

10:30 CONEXÃO #1 – Arte drag e contra-colonialidade
Maximiliano Mamani / Bartolina Xixa
Mediação: Lucas Maciel (USP)

14:00 ENCONTRO #1
Amanda Signori (Unifesp)
Thiago Oliveira (USP)
Diógenes Cariaga (UEMS)
Lucas Maciel (USP)
Mediação: Diego Madi Dias (USP)

17:30 CONEXÃO #2Retomada Wigudun
Yineth Muñoz (Comunidad Wigudun Galu)
Mediação: Diego Madi Dias (USP)

10/12
 
09:00  CONEXÃO #3 – Arte e Experimentação
Sebastián Calfuqueo (Colectivo Mapuche Rangiñtulewfü)
Mediação: Lucas Maciel (USP)

10:30 ENCONTRO #2
Melvin Aït Aïssa (EHESS)
Fabiana Maizza (UFPE)
Bru Pereira (Unifesp)
Mediação: Lucas Maciel (USP)

14:00 ENCONTRO #3
Tanaíra Sobrinho (UFMS)
Enoc Merino (UFRJ)
Diego Madi Dias (USP)
Mediação: Bru Pereira (Unifesp)

17:30 CONEXÃO #4 – Descentrar o humano
Antonio Calibán Catrileo (Comunidad Catrileo+Carrión)
Mediação: Bru Pereira (Unifesp)

O Webinário é um esforço de explorar aproximações ainda inéditas entre dois universos conceituais: as filosofias ameríndias e as epistemologias transfeministas. Reconhecendo suas devidas diferenças, os dois campos mencionados compartilham de uma capacidade profícua de engajamento com práticas imaginativas que permitem vislumbrar outros futuros (in)comuns, de modo que a interface entre eles potencializa seu horizonte criativo. O objetivo do webinário é explorar uma “zona de contato” entre o pensamento ameríndio e o pensamento transfeminista, aproximando modos de percepção e de conhecimento dissidentes em relação ao racionalismo e à normalização moderno-ocidentais. Com este seminário se quer ampliar a conversa em torno das conexões possíveis entre esses dois universos conceituais.

Por filosofias ameríndias queremos exprimir os estilos de criatividade e pensamento correspondentes aos povos ameríndios, uma multiplicidade de formas de engajamento com problemas de ordem conceitual e material. Ao mesmo tempo em que desafiam a metafísica do Ser, tais filosofias parecem se dedicar à heterogeneidade, à multiplicidade e à propagação no nível da experiência pessoal. Se existem muitos mundos possíveis, esses mundos estão sempre relacionados a pessoas determinadas. Mundo para quem?, então. No centro das reflexões ameríndias está a possibilidade de se tornar outro, devir que se administra por meio das tecnologias corporais e de pensamento. As filosofias ameríndias estão marcadas por uma relacionalidade radical que coloca a identidade a serviço da diferença. Nesse contexto, os binarismos e oposições contrastivas são revogáveis ou provisórias, muitas vezes um recurso para modificar e proliferar.

Por epistemologias transfeministas buscamos sintetizar implicações sobre o modo de se produzir conhecimento a partir de uma perspectiva situada na experiência e no pensamento queer, nos estudos transviados e na crítica aos modos binários de pensamento que herdaram das movimentações trans uma forma própria de interrogar as normas, explorando as falhas, as intermitências, as linhas de fuga e os modos de (r)existência forjados por meio de saídas criativas frente àquilo que nos impede de seguir. Imaginamos a perspectiva epistemológica transfeminista a partir de uma dupla desconexão: primeiro uma desconexão analítica e experiencial com a heterossexualidade compulsória; em segundo lugar, uma desconexão semiótica e material com a “naturalidade” da diferença sexual. Essas duas desconexões permitem, enfim, instaurar novas conectividades.

Como resultado, esperamos que o seminário abra e impulsione caminhos possíveis para as conexões entre os dois campos de pensamento mencionados. Esperamos que a conversa inspire problematizações sobre a “consciência de si” que organiza a prática antropológica em termos epistemológicos. Este esforço reconhece, em primeiro lugar, a necessidade de deslocar sujeitos de enunciação e recepção pressupostos no conhecimento antropológico que conduzem a relações masculinistas, heteronormalizantes, raciais e coloniais, entre outras coisas. Esta discussão se faz imprescindível no momento em que o processo de democratização do acesso e da produção de conhecimento antropológico se encontra em risco, tanto no Brasil, quanto nos demais países das Américas. Por outro lado, parte da necessidade de simetrizar e pluralizar a antropologia, tendo em vista a presença fundamental e cada vez mais acentuada de pares indígenas, queer e negros, o que exige um recalibramento da partilha epistemológica por trás das práticas antropológicas. Este seminário demanda, assim, um corpo-pensamento que excede a heteronorma que dá contornos à tradição disciplinar e às formas convencionais de descrição antropológica.

Webinar 12/2: For the Welfare of the Whole People: Heritage Stewardship in Indigenous and Black Communities

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 Archaeological Research Facility at UC Berkeley, For the Welfare of the Whole People: Heritage Stewardship in Indigenous and Black Communities”, on December 2, 2020 from 4-6 pm EST. You can register for the event here

The seminar will be moderated by Reno Franklin (Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, THPO Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe & Advisory Council on Historic Preservation) and panelists include Erik Denson (Diving with a Purpose), Frandelle Gerard (Crucian Heritage & Nature Tours), Octavius Seowtewa (A:shiwi, Zuni Cultural Resources Advisory Team), and Judy Dow (Abenaki, Gedakina).

The webinar will be hosted on Zoom and live-streamed via Vimeo. CART captioning will be provided and 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: www.sapiens.org/futures

 

Webinar 11/11: Black and Indigenous Storytelling as Counter-History

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 SAPIENS, Black and Indigenous Storytelling as Counter-History. The webinar will be held on November 11th from 4-6 pm EDT and is sponsored by the Cotsen Institute for Archaeology at UCLA.

Registration for the event can be accessed here.

Black and Indigenous Storytelling as Counter-History

For untold centuries, storytelling has been foundational to the ways Black and Indigenous people understand and connect to the world around them. However, knowledge systems upheld in academic settings continually disavow these narratives and those who hold them as valid sites of intellectual production. For BIPOC heritage professionals, storytelling taps into historically marginalized ways of knowing. It offers ways to reclaim and retell histories that often counter the harmful and one-sided narratives told about Black and Indigenous peoples through archaeology, museums, and heritage sites. In this webinar, we explore storytelling through artifacts, cultural landscapes, comics, graphic novels, and video games as a means of counter-history, illuminating new ways of imagining pasts, presents, and futures for Black and Indigenous people. Panelists will discuss how they engage storytelling as an intellectual entryway to interpretations of the material evidence of Black and Indigenous histories

Panelists:

Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva), Comic Book Artist and Illustrator

Antoinette Jackson, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department, University of South Florida

John Jennings, Professor, University of California at Riverside

Ora Marek-Martinez (Diné, Nimiipuu, Hopi), PhD, Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the Native American Cultural Center, Northern Arizona University

Moderated by Dian Million (Tanana Athabascan), PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the American Indian Studies Department, University of Washington

CART captioning provided by Lori Stavropoulos.

Sponsored by the Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and SAPIENS

The panel will also be livestreamed on Vimeo.

 

Watch Now: Civil and Civic Manipulations: Activism, Media, and Public Policy

On November 6, 2020 the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences in partnership with the Wenner-Gren Foundation hosted the the second installment in the webinar series: Criticism Inside, Alternatives Alongside: Organizing Otherwise to Intervene in Anthropology’s Future“, with the webinar, “Civil and Civic Manipulations: Activism, Media, and Public Policy”, featuring Joan Donovan, Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University Kennedy School.

An archive of the episode can be seen below and on Youtube.

 

Watch Now: Introducing the Series: Theory and Practice at the Edges of Academia

On October 23rd the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences in partnership with the Wenner-Gren Foundation kicked off the first installment of the webinar series: Criticism Inside, Alternatives Alongside: Organizing Otherwise to Intervene in Anthropology’s Future“. An archive of the first episode, “Introducing the Series: Theory and Practice at the Edges of Academia” can be seen here.

Also on November 6, 2020: 12-1pm EST/9-10am PST, be sure to check out the next installment in the series, “Civil and Civic Manipulations: Activism, Media, and Public Policy”, with Joan Donovan, Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University Kennedy School. Click here to register for this event.

NYAS Lecture 11/9: What Is the Utility of Anthropology in This Moment of Emergency?

On November 9th the New York Academy of Sciences hosted the lecture, “What Is the Utility of Anthropology in This Moment of Emergency?” Watch it now.

Emergencies push people to reflect on what is meaningful, to become clearer about who they are (individually and collectively), and to figure out what they need to survive. They are reckonings. They demarcate who is included and who is excluded, who has access – to rights, to the “good life,” to living at all – and who doesn’t. In this conversation, Deborah Thomas and Bianca Williams will draw from their own experiences in and of the discipline to reflect upon the extent to which anthropology offers tools to make sense of, and find our way out of, emergencies. They will discuss what drew them to the field, what their continued investments are, and how they attempt to make the discipline accountable to who they are. If the urgency of this moment demands that anthropologists use our tools not only “out there” (in some faraway place that is the “field”), but also right here in the places we work, sleep, and eat, then anthropologists must be prepared to turn the lens on themselves, their departments, their professional organizations, and their funding agencies. How might contemporary discussions about white supremacy, anti-Black violence, and class disparity allow us to do deep thinking about estrangement, alienation, and engagement “at home?” Are anthropologists ready for this kind of radical honesty?

SPEAKERS

Deborah A. Thomas

Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the Center for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania

Bianca C. Williams

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Women & Gender Studies, and Critical Psychology at The Graduate Center, CUNY

About the Speakers:

Deborah A. Thomas is the R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology, and the Director of the Center for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is also a Research Associate with the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre at the University of Johannesburg.  Thomas is the author of Political Life in the Wake of the Plantation:  Sovereignty, Witnessing, Repair, Exceptional Violence:  Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica and Modern Blackness:  Nationalism, Globalization, and The Politics of Culture in Jamaica; and co-editor of the volume Globalization and Race:  Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness.  Her articles have appeared in a diverse range of journals including Cultural Anthropology, American Anthropologist, Radical History Review, Anthropological Theory, small axe, Identities, Interventions, and Feminist Review.  Thomas has also co-directed and co-produced two documentary films:  BAD FRIDAY:  RASTAFARI AFTER CORAL GARDENS, which chronicles violence in Jamaica through the eyes of its most iconic community; and FOUR DAYS IN MAY:  KINGSTON 2010, which explores the effects of the “Tivoli Incursion” in May 2010, when Jamaican security forces entered West Kingston to arrest Christopher Coke, wanted for extradition to the United States, and killed at least 75 civilians.  Thomas is also the co-curator of a multi-media installation titled Bearing Witness:  Four Days in West Kingston, which opened at the Penn Museum in November 2017.  Thomas edited the journal Transforming Anthropology from 2007-2010, and currently sits on the editorial boards of Social and Economic Studies and Anthropological Theory.  From 2016-2020, she was the Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association.  She has served on the executive boards of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), the Caribbean Studies Association, and the Society for Cultural Anthropology.  Prior to Thomas’s life as an academic, she was a professional dancer with the New York-based Urban Bush Women.

Bianca C. Williams (she/her) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, Women & Gender Studies, and Critical Psychology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She earned a graduate certificate in African & African American Studies and her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. Her research interests focus on Black women and emotional wellness; race, gender, and equity in higher education; and Black feminist pedagogical and organizing practices. The investigative thread that binds Williams’ organizing, teaching, and research is the question “How do Black people develop strategies for enduring and resisting the effects of racism and sexism, while attempting to maintain emotional wellness?” In her award-winning book The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism (Duke University Press, 2018), Williams argues that pursuing happiness is a political project for Black women, while examining how African American women use travel to Jamaica and the Internet as tools for escaping U.S. racism and sexism. She is co-editor of Plantation Politics and Campus Rebellions: Power, Diversity, and the Emancipatory Struggle in Higher Education with Dian Squire and Frank Tuitt (SUNY Press, March 2021). Additionally, Williams has written about “radical honesty” as feminist inclusive pedagogy in the volume Race, Equity, and the Learning Environment, and published in the journals Souls, Cultural Anthropology, Teachers College Record, and on the blogs Anthrodendum and Anthropoliteia. She is a recipient of the American Anthropological Association & Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology. Finally, Williams is Faculty Lead of the PublicsLab at The Graduate Center, and the Executive Program Chair for the 2021 meetings of the American Anthropological Association.

Introducing the Archaeology Centers Coalition

In response to urgent calls to address systemic racism in all spheres of institutional life, a group of archaeology centers based in the United States have come together to identify avenues for concrete change.  Since July, center directors and representatives have been meeting via Zoom to consider ways to move archaeology forward towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The initiative emerged out of conversations that began in the wake of the murder of George Floyd between the Society of Black Archaeologists (SBA), the Indigenous Archaeology Collective (IAC), the Wenner-Gren Foundation, SAPIENS, and the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS).  In our search for effective strategies, it quickly became clear that archaeology centers have a fundamental role to play as key institutional loci of undergraduate recruitment, graduate student training, and faculty development.

The Archaeology Centers Coalition includes representatives from CIAMS, the Archaeological Research Facility at UC Berkeley, the Archaeological Research Center at UC Santa Cruz, the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research at UMass, Boston, the Columbia Center for Archaeology, the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, the George Washington University Capitol Archaeological Institute, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology at Brown University, the Peabody Institute of Archaeology at Phillips Academy Andover, the Stanford University Archaeology Center, the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology at UC San Diego, the University of South Alabama Center for Archaeological Studies, and the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan.

The first initiative of this coalition is the development and support of a webinar series entitled “From the Margins to the Mainstream: Black and Indigenous Futures in Archaeology”. Beginning last July and continuing through April 2021, this webinar series seeks to reshape the stories that archaeology tells and who tells them. Key themes include monuments and memory, the archaeology of redress, and cultural stewardship.

The Archaeology Centers Coalition is also seeking to define avenues of impactful change in four key areas: curriculum and training, administration and finance, the culture of archaeology, and capacity building and community engagement. In the coming months, the group anticipates developing a series of recommendations on best practices for overcoming traditional barriers to inclusion. Through these conversations, the SBA, IAC, and Wenner-Gren will work with archaeology centers to help bring substantive change.