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CIAMS Faculty Talk: Magnus Fiskesjö
“When They Come For Your Identity: The Ongoing Destruction of Living and Historical Heritage in the Uyghur Region, China"
December 10th, 2020
Archaeological Science Group Lecture: Keolu Fox
“Creating Accountability in Human Population Genetics using Base Editing Tools"
December 3rd, 2020
CIAMS Lecture Series: Rachel Watkins
“A Runner, Bioanthropologist and Accountant Walk into a Historical Narrative… Scientific Practice and Multiple Realities"
October 29th, 2020
CIAMS Lecture Series: Peggy Brunache
"Black Culinary Resistance in the French Caribbean during the Slavery Era"
October 1st, 2020
From the Margins to the Mainstream: Black and Indigenous Futures in Archaeology
A webinar series sponsored by the Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies.
6) Unsettling the Past: Radically Reimagining Archaeological Knowledge
For decades Black and Indigenous archaeologists have rightfully called for a radical reimagining of how archaeologists interpret and understand the past. The formulation of archaeologies by, for, and with Indigenous peoples and informed by Black Feminist experiences are a testament to the desire of scholars to create a field rooted in decolonial and liberatory praxis. These decolonial interventions of knowledge formation work to unsettle the past--reveling in the human complexity of Indigenous and Black life. This panel, composed of leading Indigenous and Black archaeologists and artists, places our focus squarely on the continued work of scholars who are working to decolonize Black and Indigenous pasts by reshaping how archaeological knowledge is created.
Sara Gonzalez, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Washington and Curator of Archaeology at the Burke Museum
Sven Haakanson (Alutiiq), PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Washington and Curator of North American Anthropology at the Burke Museum
Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), Contemporary Pueblo Painter and Dubin Fellow
Cheryl White, PhD, Archaeology Coordinator, Anton de Kom University of Suriname
Moderated by Whitney Battle-Baptiste, PhD, Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center and Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Sponsored by the Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Stanford Archaeology Center, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and SAPIENS
5) “For the Welfare of the Whole People”: Heritage Stewardship in Indigenous and Black Communities
Local descendant communities and Indigenous nations continue to be at the center of heritage preservation efforts. While their methods are not always recognized by academic or governmental organizations, they employ innovative and culturally-appropriate ways of caring for and keeping alive their heritage in all its manifestations. This panel is composed of leading Indigenous and Black activists, scholars, and community organizers, providing a renewed focus on contemporary conservation practices, historytelling, and ways of being in the world.
Erik Denson, Board Member and Lead Instructor, Diving with a Purpose
Judy Dow (Winooski Abenaki), Executive Director, Gedakina
Frandelle Gerard, Executive Director, CHANT (Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism Foundation)
Octavius Seowtewa (Zuni), Zuni Cultural Resources Advisory Team
Moderated by Reno Franklin (Kashia Band of Pomo Indians), Vice Chairperson, Sonoma County Indian Health Project
The Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Archaeological Research Facility at U.C. Berkeley, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and SAPIENS
4) Black and Indigenous Storytelling as Counter-History
For untold centuries, storytelling has been foundational to the ways Black and Indigenous people understand and connect to the world around them. However, knowledge systems upheld in academic settings continually disavow these narratives and those who hold them as valid sites of intellectual production. For BIPOC heritage professionals, storytelling taps into historically marginalized ways of knowing. It offers ways to reclaim and retell histories that often counter the harmful and one-sided narratives told about Black and Indigenous peoples through archaeology, museums, and heritage sites. In this webinar, we explore storytelling through artifacts, cultural landscapes, comics, graphic novels, and video games as a means of counter-history, illuminating new ways of imagining pasts, presents, and futures for Black and Indigenous people. Panelists will discuss how they engage storytelling as an intellectual entryway to interpretations of the material evidence of Black and Indigenous histories.
Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva), Comic Book Artist and Illustrator
Antoinette Jackson, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department, University of South Florida
John Jennings, Professor, University of California at Riverside
Ora Marek-Martinez (Diné, Nimiipuu, Hopi), PhD, Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the Native American Cultural Center, Northern Arizona University
Moderated by Dian Million (Tanana Athabascan), PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the American Indian Studies Department, University of Washington
The Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and SAPIENS.
3) An Archaeology of Redress and Restorative Justice
Archaeologists and heritage professionals whose work overlays histories of colonialism, exploitation, collective violence, and genocide are increasingly aware that they cannot simply take refuge in prehistory to avoid troubling pasts; nor is it sufficient to merely acknowledge historical wrongs. And yet scholars often struggle to identify ways that archaeological and heritage work can make a meaningful impact. In this webinar, we explore how archaeology can not only identify the legacies of inequity, injustice, and violence that have shaped historical and contemporary communities, but also to open the possibility of redress for the continuing systemic inequities these legacies reveal (i.e. environmental racism, racialized disenfranchisement, heritage erasure). Panelists will discusshow they blend archaeology and heritage work with principles of redress and restorative justice.
Mary Elliott, Curator of Slavery, Smithsonian's NMAAHC
Sada Mire, PhD, Director, Horn Heritage Foundation
Kisha Supernant, PhD, Director, Institue of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology, University of Alberta
Michael Wilcox, PhD, Associate Professor, Stanford University
Moderated by Marge Bruchac, PhD, Coordinator, Native American & Indigenous Studies, University of Pennsylvania
The Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, SAPIENS, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.
2) Reclaiming the Ancestors: Indigenous and Black Perspectives on Repatriation, Human Rights, and Justice
Over the last several centuries, Indigenous, Black, and other colonized peoples' remains have been turned into objects of study for archaeologists, anthropologists, and other scientists. This can be seen most clearly in the collection of their ancestors, often excavated from cemeteries and burial grounds and taken to museums around the world. Today, more than 100,000 Native American ancestral remains are still held in U.S. public museums alone, while an unknown number of remains of people of African descent are stored in museum collections. What does it mean to turn human beings into artifacts? What happens to the living communities who lose control and ownership over their own ancestors and heritage? In exploring these questions, this panel will discuss how repatriation--the process of reclaiming and returning ancestral and human remains--can address inequality. The discussion will further ask how repatriation might encourage a reckoning with the colonial violence experienced by Native and Black Americans in the past, which still reverberates in the injustice their descendants face today. Bringing together Indigenous and Black voices, this panel discussion finds common ground in the struggle for repatriation and assertion of sovereignty and human rights.
Michael Blakey, PhD, NEH Professor, College of William and Mary
Dorothy Lippert (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), PhD, Tribal Liaison, National Museum of Natural History
Shannon Martin (Gun Lake Pottawatomi/Ojibwe), Director, Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways
Rachel Watkins, PhD, Associate Professor, American University
Moderated by Sonya Atalay (Anishinabe-Ojibwe), PhD, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Peabody Institute of Archaeology, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and SAPIENS
1) As the Statues Fall: A Conversation about Monuments and the Power of Memory
In the wake of global civil unrest following the brutal killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Atatiana Jefferson, Aura Rosser, Elijah McClain, and countless others at the hands of police in the United States, Black Lives Matter protestors and their allies have critiqued the anti-Black racism imbued in the erection and maintenance of Confederate historical monuments. The legacy of social movements seeking to remove Confederate statues is longstanding. However, unlike in previous moments, what began as the forced removal of Confederate statues during protests has rippled to the removal of colonialist, imperialist, and enslaver monuments all over the world. In this webinar, scholars and artists share their insights on the power of monumentality and the work they are doing to reconfigure historical markers.
LaVaughn Belle, Visual Artist
Nicholas Galanin, Tlingit/Unangax Multi-Disciplinary Artist
Dell Upton, PhD, Professor and Chair of Art History, UCLA
Tsione Wolde-Michael, Curator, Smithsonian-National Museum of American History
Moderated by Tiffany Cain, PhD, Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Princeton Society of Fellows
The Wenner-Gren Foundation, The Society of Black Archaeologists, and Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies
Cornell Anthropology Collections Video Series
Dr. Fred Gleach, Department of Anthropology, has created a series of videos on Youtube about the Cornell Anthropology Collections, for which he serves as curator. Interested viewers can learn about the history of the Collections as well as their contents and their ongoing role in educating and promoting research for Cornell students. The first video in the series can be watched directly below, and the remainder can be accessed on Dr. Gleach's Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoRKFlYF_ATeWlxV0cO9O0O--EjX5b5VH. For additional information regarding the Anthropology Collections, please contact Dr. Fred Gleach email@example.com
Introduction to the Anthropology Collections
"Let's Read the City"
Public engagement in archaeology can take different forms. Lori Khatchadourian of the Department of Near Eastern Studies recently partnered with an all-female Armenian media platform called Urbanista (Ուրբանիստա), whose mission is to foster public debate on matters of urban planning, urban development, architecture, and other urban issues. Urbanista asked Professor Khatchadourian to share her research on Armenia’s industrial ruins for an 8-part educational series called Let’s Read the City (Կարդանք քաղաքը). In three installments, Dr. Khatchadourian speaks for a general audience on ‘ruin economics’, post-socialist industrial heritage, and the lifeways and lifeforms that are taking shape in Armenia’s decaying Soviet factories.