Anthropology Graduate Student Featured in Panel on Issues of Diversity: Voices from the Field

Posted on 2/20/2015 8:29:45 AM

Casey Campetti will discuss her paper “Out in the Field? Queer Archaeologists, Queer Archaeology, and CRM” at the February 25, 2015, Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research Issues of Diversity: Voices from the Field panel.

Campetti’s paper focusses on LGBTQ experiences in cultural resource management, which is the state and federally regulated branch of archaeology. A perennial critique of cultural resources management (CRM) has been its perceived overemphasis on field methods and its dissociation from advancements in archaeological theory, particularly the integration of gendered archaeologies and feminist perspectives.

Over the past two decades CRM has made considerable gains toward inclusivity of theory—however, the climate for queer practitioners in CRM working as field technicians, managers, and principal investigators, does not readily reflect these gains. In addition to very real issues in seeking employment and receiving fair promotions, the work environments (particularly the field) for CRM archaeologists can be willfully ignorant or outwardly hostile toward LGBTQ issues. 

This presentation discusses the challenges, opportunities, and benefits involved in the creation of safe workspaces for queer CRM archaeologists through an examination of the invisibility of queer field practitioners, issues surrounding legislative and corporate discrimination, and the connections between queer archaeologists and the larger conversation of queer archaeology. 

The panel will take place 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in 201 Stabley, Stapleton Library.

Department of Anthropology