Jessica Beck

Grant Type

Workshop Grant

Institutional Affiliation

U. College Dublin

Grant number

Gr. CONF-911

Approve Date

March 8, 2023

Project Title

Beck, Jessica (U. College Dublin) "The Socio-Politics of Knowledge Production in Archaeology and Anthropology"

This workshop brings together researchers investigating knowledge production’how scholars enter the academy and develop and disseminate their research’to examine how the existing structure of higher education shapes who becomes an anthropologist and what research is considered meaningful. Our participants are drawn from across archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. This group of scholars is at the forefront of research on equity and knowledge production, and employs a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, including quantitative and qualitative surveys, social network analysis, citational analyses, ethnography, and archival research. Several participants are also leaders of practice, developing collaborative, community-based research and experimenting with innovative ways to distribute results to the public and the archaeological community. Still others are directly involved in activist work for change, including leaders of the Black Trowel Collective, the Society of Black Archaeologists, the Indigenous Archaeology Collective, and the Disabled Archaeologists Network. A core goal of this meeting is to develop and disseminate resources for anthropologists committed to increasing the inclusivity and impact of anthropological research, including best practices guidelines, course syllabi, and bibliographies, which will be made available on a multi-modal website.