Gender and Minority Affairs Committee Diversity Field School Competition

GMAC Diversity Field School Initiative

This year the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee (GMAC) is hosting its second annual Diversity Field School Competition. In an effort to continue making the field of historical archaeology more inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and socio-economic background, the competition will recognize those who have shown a commitment to increasing diversity in the field and encourage further discussion of the topic. Applicants are required to submit a short essay on diversity, a summary of their field school, and some form of multimedia (photo, pamphlet, video clip, etc.) that highlights diversity in their field school. All awardees will be acknowledged at the 48th Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology and recognized on the SHA website, while the first place winner will receive special commendation. GMAC encourages submissions from all SHA members and conference attendees. The Application Form is available online and completed applications—as well as additional questions—may be directed to GMACdiversityfieldschool@gmail.com. For more information, please refer to the Submission Guidelines.

Toward A More Diverse SHA

The idea for the Diversity Field School Competition developed out of a series of larger discussions within the SHA about viable ways to increase diversity within the organization. At the 2011 SHA conference, GMAC members determined that increasing diversity was an important step toward social justice and helping the SHA reflect the diverse communities historical archaeologists serve. These calls for greater diversity were reinforced by subsequent GMAC panels and initiatives such as the GMAC Student Travel Award and diversity training for SHA board members. Last year former SHA president, Paul Mullins, announced his commitment to “make diversity an increasingly articulate part of the SHA mission and our collective scholarly practice.” Additionally archaeologists abroad are discussing the issue of diversity, particularly after the recent release of the Archaeology Labour Market Intelligence: Profiling the Profession 2012-2013 report which identified 99% of archaeologists working in the UK as white. As a result we hope this competition helps to not only recognize those who have shown a commitment to diversity, but also open dialogue about ways to increase the presence of archaeologists from the many underrepresented groups.

We encourage you to also visit the SHA Events website for more information about other SHA competitions, events, and workshops. Hope to see you all in Seattle!

Interested in becoming a part of the conversation? Let us know how archaeologists can work together to increase diversity in the field.

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.

GMAC Diversity Photo Competition

This year at the SHA Annual Conference, GMAC will be holding a diversity photo competition. The competition is part of a broader effort by the SHA to promote and encourage a more diverse SHA. The purpose of this photo competition is to display how we as historical archaeologists embrace diversity as an essential part of what we do as anthropologists. Photos should demonstrate the views of the photographer of how they view diversity in their day to day interactions as a practicing anthropologist and archaeologist, but not limited to gender, age, ethnicity, or just standardized ideas of diversity.  The role of the photographer to explain how and why their photo represents diversity with the goal of expanding how diversity can be and is viewed.

General criteria

  1. The contest is open to all SHA members
  2. The Contest Opens On November 20th 2014
  3. The Deadline for Entry is December 15th 2013
  4. Photos must have been taken between January 1 2012 and November 2013 to be eligible for entry.
  5. Winners will be announced at the 2014 SHA Meeting in Quebec City.
  6. Only individual entries will be accepted.  No group entries.
  7. Only one entry per person.

Submission Criteria

  1. Submitted image must be an original photo (with only brightness and/or contrast adjusted) taken by the person who enters the photo for consideration in the contest. The image must tell a story about how and why historical archaeology embraces diversity within the profession, the field and society.
  2. In addition to a photo, you must submit a title for your photo and a maximum 200-word description of your photo. This description, along with your photo, will be used by the panel of judges to select the top three winning entries as well as up to three honorable mention winners if so needed.
  3. A people’s choice winner will also be selected by vote of SHA members selecting the picture the like as displayed on the SHA Facebook page.
  4. Photo should be a TIFF or JPG format large enough to create at least and 8” x 11” photo for display.  Print resolution should be no less than 1600 x 1200 pixels minimum.  If you are looking at camera megapixels it should be no less than 6+ megapixels capture resolution.
  5. Submissions for the contest should be posted to the following box link folder by the deadline by no later than Midnight PST.  https://app.box.com/s/wruf7p7onc668hq5cely
  6. All Photos will also be placed on the SHA Facebook page and the one receiving the highest number of ‘Likes’ will be selected as a People’s Choice Winner

Winners’ Criteria

Owner retains copyright of submitted image. If your photo is selected as a place winner or an honorable mention, you give The Society for Historical Archaeology and The Gender and Minority Affairs Committee permission to use your photo’s in future publications whether print or digital and to publish your photo on the SHA website (www.sha.org/) and/or in the SHA Newsletter or Blog.

Winners Prize

The Winning Photographers

  1. Receive a certificate signed by the SHA President announcing their achievement
  2. Will be published in an upcoming issue of the SHA Newsletter, be featured on the SHA Facebook Page and Blog, and Publicly Displayed at the 2014 SHA Meeting in Quebec City.

Submit questions about the GMAC 2013 Photo Contest to Lewis Jones, SHA GMAC Photo Contest Committee Chair, via email at lecjones@indiana.edu.