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Department of Archaeology

Dorothy Garrod portrait by Sara Lavelle

The Garrod Research Seminar Series is the Department of Archaeology’s principal seminar series of invited scholarly lectures. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Bodies, People, and Persons: Identity in Conversation with Intersectionality and Beyond 

Traditionally, archaeologists have broken down identity into core components that are analysed as individual facets, such as sex/gender, age, and class. Across numerous subdisciplines, however, scholars have highlighted that identity, and people's experiences in the world, is neither singular nor reducible, but instead a simultaneous persistent negotiation of historical, biological, cultural, and political forces. Recent archaeological approaches to identity have sought to destabilise fixed notions of singularity and instead incorporate and challenge our perception of identity as an ever moving, ever changing, deeply cultural and historical experience. 

This series will feature current research from leading scholars in archaeology, anthropology, biological anthropology, primatology and heritage studies to promote updated perspectives on identity from across the subdisciplines of our field. From intersectionality to post-humanism, the current symposium brings together recent approaches to the archaeology of identities that confront how we interpret bodies, people, and persons in the past. 

Talks will be held in the McDonald Seminar Room from 4pm-5:30pm (GMT), followed by a drinks reception. 

This series is organised by Dr. Jess Thompson (jet71) & Taylor Peacock (tmp38)

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Events In This Series For This Academic Year

Session Name Date Event speaker
Finding difference in kinship and gender in the European Neolithic: Posthumanist approaches to biomolecular data Thursday, 18 January, 2024 - 16:00 to 17:30 Dr. Penny Bickle, University of York
It’s biocultural all the way down: Understanding the Pleistocene hominin niche Thursday, 25 January, 2024 - 16:00 to 17:30 Prof. Agustín Fuentes, Princeton University
Animals, ancestors and plants: Shaping genders in the more-than-human worlds of Bronze Age Northern Europe Thursday, 1 February, 2024 - 16:00 to 17:30 Dr. Mark Haughton, Aarhus University
Playing with things: The Moche sex pots Thursday, 8 February, 2024 - 16:00 to 17:30 Prof. Mary Weismantel, Northwestern University
Before, during and after gender: Towards a non-essentialist history of difference Thursday, 15 February, 2024 - 16:00 to 17:30 Prof. John Robb, University of Cambridge & Prof. Oliver Harris, University of Leicester
Girls, girls, girls: The importance of (modern) bodies in envisaged Viking Age social experience Thursday, 22 February, 2024 - 16:00 to 17:30 Dr. Marianne Moen, University of Oslo
“We were shaped by space”: An archaeological perspective of presence, identity and the materiality of Black life Thursday, 7 March, 2024 - 16:00 to 17:30 Prof. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Intersectionality in past populations: Examining frailty at the intersections of identities Thursday, 14 March, 2024 - 16:00 to 17:30 Asst. Prof. Samantha Yaussy, James Madison University