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.
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