GMAC Activities at SHA 2014

The Gender and Minority Affairs Committee (GMAC) works to address equity issues affecting women and minority groups within the SHA and in the field. Three panels will be presented by the GMAC at the upcoming conference in Quebec City. Please check the conference website (http://www.sha2014.com/) for scheduling information.

“Queer Forum: Queer Scholarship and Queer Experience” is a hybrid forum that begins with presentations on current queer scholarship and transitions to conversations about issues facing queer (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and allied) archaeologists. The goal is to draft a white paper outline on LGBTQ issues that will serve as a basis for further discussion. Forum details, including presentation abstracts, are posted online at http://tinyurl.com/queersha2014

Archaeologists will also meet to address “A Question that Counts: Why is Achieving Diversity and Confronting Racism in the SHA Important for the Future of Our Organization, Profession, and Theoretical Understanding of the Past, Present, and Future?”  In conversation with each other and audience members, panelists discuss the intersection of theory and practice, racism and diversity in the SHA and our profession.

The symposium, “Theorizing African Diaspora Archaeology” is co-organized by the Society of Black Archaeologists in collaboration with GMAC. Papers in this session use theoretical perspectives from Africana Studies, Public Health and other disciplines to help rethink old African diaspora sites and help explain new ones.

Those interested in equity issues and activities of the GMAC are invited to attend the GMAC committee meeting. The committee meeting is traditionally scheduled early in the morning so that it does not interfere with presentations.

Awardees of the inaugural 2014 GMAC Diversity Field School Competition will be announced in Quebec City. The award recognizes those who have shown a commitment to diversity in historical archaeology in a field school context. Information on the award, including application information (deadline: December 15, 2013) is online: http://eepurl.com/G7uGX

You can also enter the GMAC Diversity Photo Competition. Contest winners will be announced on the blog, Facebook Page, and at the conference.

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About Terry Brock

Terry is a PhD Candidate at MIchigan State University, and is currently conducting his dissertation research at Historic St. Mary's City in Southern Maryland. He is currently the Chair of SHA's Technology Social Media Subcommittee. You can visit his personal blog at Dirt or read his posts at the Inside Higher Ed Blog Gradhacker.