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.

GMAC Diversity Field School Competition

This year the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee (GMAC) is hosting its first 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 47th 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. Earlier this year current 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 Quebec!

Interested in becoming a part of the conversation? Let us know how archaeologists can work together to increase diversity in the field, and please consider joining or volunteering for the GMAC.

SHA 2013: Gender and Minority Affairs Committee Travel Award

The Society for Historical Archaeology is committed to diversity, and is excited to announce its support of:

The 2013 Gender and Minority Affairs Student Travel Award

The Gender and Minority Affairs Committee (GMAC) is sponsoring two travel awards to graduate students who are presenting at the 2013 annual meeting in Leicester. Each award provides a prize of $500 to defray travel costs. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program, be a member of the SHA, and be presenting a paper or poster at the conference.

The goals of the fellowship are to increase diversity and to encourage student involvement at the meetings. Diversity is inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and socio-economic background. Applications are encouraged from diverse populations including, but not limited to, groups historically underrepresented in archaeology.

To apply, send a CV (the name of your advisor/supervisor should be indicated on the first page), a letter of interest, and your poster or paper abstract submission. In your letter, please address the following:

1) Explain how you will increase diversity in historical archaeology, and why increasing diversity within the discipline and the SHA is important.

2) State how participation in the SHA Conference will advance your career and research.

3) Explain how your paper will potentially benefit those who attend your session.

The letter should be succinct and no longer than two single-spaced pages.

Following the conference, award recipients are required to submit a one-page report to the GMAC Chair on their conference experience and their thoughts on diversifying archaeology that will be posted to the SHA Blog.

Please note: individuals can apply for both the GMAC and Ed and Judy Jelks Student Travel awards, but may only receive one in the same year.

Deadline for submission:  September 3, 2012

Submit your application materials to Flordeliz T. Bugarin, Chair of the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee, via email at florie_bugarin@yahoo.com.

The award will be announced by October 3, 2012, and the award funds will be distributed at the SHA conference in Leicester.

Don’t forget that in addition to the GMAC Travel Award, there are two other awards available to enable students to attend the SHA 2013 conference in Leicester.

All graduate students who are presenting a paper at the SHA conference should consider applying for the Ed and Judy Jelks Student Travel Award; two awards of $500 are available.

The Quebec City Award, of up to $750, is granted to assist French-speaking students to attend the SHA conference. To be considered for the prize, candidates must be a standing member of SHA, be registered in a French-language university (contrary to the name of the award, you don’t have to be studying in Quebec!) and preparing a thesis or dissertation in French – and they must present a substantive or theoretical paper at the annual conference. Further information about the award, and how to apply, can be found on the SHA Awards webpage.

Good luck!

Image: “Muro Occidentale o del Pianto” (Western Wall or Wailing Wall) by Fabio Mauri (1993) CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr