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Department of Archaeology

Tuesday, 22 February, 2022 - 17:00 to 18:30
Event speaker: 
Gabriela Oré Menéndez 

Co-organised by the University of Cambridge Archaeological Field Club, the Department of Archaeology's annual LGBT+ History Month explores the topics of sexuality, gender and archaeological practice.

Speaker: Gabriela Oré Menéndez, Vanderbilt University  

"Redefining (my) archaeological practice through queer lenses"

Abstract: As a discipline, Archaeology is undergoing a self-critical reflection on inclusivity, diversity, multivocality, accessibility, and the acknowledgment of colonialist practices within the field. In addition, archaeologists are considering the impacts of how we practice archaeology, the types of research questions we get to ask, and who is asking them. In that context, I lean into Queer Theory to redefine the way we approach archaeology. From the research approach to the methodology to data interpretation, I reflect on how the future might look, and how this transformation is happening and is pushed by personal histories.


About the speaker: 

Gabriela Oré Menéndez is currently a PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University specialising in remote sensing, digital humanities, colonial studies and landscape archaeology. Her research focuses on understanding past landscapes and their transformation and reclamation by local communities in the face of extensive social changes.   

Gabriela’s second line of scholarly pursuits connects Queer Theory with Anthropological and Archaeological Scholarship. She has engaged in multiple public-facing outreach initiatives, including as part of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) where she has extensive service in the Queer Archaeology Interest Group and the SAA Meeting Safety Committee. Combining her love of technology and creativity, Gabriela is also one of the editors of

Gabriela is committed to developing an intersectional, multivocal and global queerization of academics, incorporating binary-breaking research topics and research development.

Please join us on Zoom for this live event. All are welcome, but registration is required. 

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