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Gender Archaeology

Friday 9 April 2021

Ela Altay (RMA student University of Amsterdam), Louise Olerud and Helena Muñoz-Mojado (alumni Leiden University, L.A.S. Terra) are organizing an online symposium about Gender Archaeology on Friday the 9th of April 2021, 11.00-16.00 (UTC+1).

This event has a twofold goal: to inform archaeology students and others interested about this subdiscipline as well as to enable discussion amongst (young) researchers. This symposium aims to highlight the importance and potential of gender in archaeological research as to underline how we model the past according to our current social values. 

The symposium consists of six talks run by an interdisciplinary group of international and Dutch researchers. Their works combine archaeological methodology with new gender studies, intimately related to our current political and social areas. Beyond the most common topics in Gender archaeology such as maintenance activities and material culture studies, this symposium brings up a new examination about the applicability of queer theory, the construction of masculinity, and intersectionality (among other topics) to archaeological interpretation. We especially invite researchers working on similar topics, but in different regions and periods, thus bringing different applications of Gender archaeology together. You can ask questions to each speaker after their talks and during the plenary discussion at the end (chaired by prof. Joanna Brück). 

This event has been made possible by ARCHON Research School of Archaeology and the CASSA grant of the Leiden University Fund.


We invite all interested students and (young) researchers to partake in the plenary discussion. RMA students can gain 1 EC for a written report on the event. Send an e-mail with your name and affiliation to genderleiden@gmail.com if you are interested in attending!


11.00-11.30 | Violence and Gender in Ancient Egypt - dr. Uroš Matić (Austrian Archaeological Institute)

11.30-12.00 | Chiefly masculinity - elite poster boys or individual life stories - dr. Lisbeth Skogstrand (University of Oslo)

12.00-12.30 | Assigned Warrior at Burial: A Queer Perspective for Bj. 581 - Amy Jefford Franks (Independent researcher UK)

12.30-13.00 | Break

13.00-13.30 | Gender as a tool for emerging proto-urban elites in Latium vetus in the Early Iron Age (ca. 950-725 BC) - Ilona Venderbos (VU Amsterdam)

13.30-14.00 | Attending to Detail in Gendered Studies of Burial - Mark Haughton (University of Cambridge)

14.00-14.30 | Sexing with DNA; not as simple as it seems? - Eveline Altena (LUMC)

14.30-15.00 | Break

15.00-16.00 | Plenary discussion chaired by prof. Joanna Brück (University College Dublin)

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