Anthropology Magazine

From the Margins to the Mainstream: Black and Indigenous Futures in Archaeology

From the Margins to the Mainstream: Black and Indigenous Futures in Archaeology

Inspired by recent Black Lives Matter protests, a new webinar series explores how contemporary activism and social justice are transforming the discipline of archaeology.

Widespread protests against police violence and anti-Black racism have recently swept the globe. In the wake of protests in May and June, specifically, many citizens and communities looked to build new momentum in the fight for civil rights and social justice.

The field of archaeology has its own history to confront. Racism, elitism, and colonialism suffuse the discipline and its practices. Although some scholars have been working to unearth these stories and envision a new future for the field, much work remains to be done.

To advance critical conversations about archaeology, a coalition of organizations created a new webinar series. These public dialogues—intended for both scholars and the larger public—are among academics, artists, and community members.

Organized by the Society of Black Archaeologists, the Indigenous Archaeology Collective, the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and SAPIENS.


July 23, 2020

As the Statues Fall: A Conversation About Monuments and the Power of Memory

Sponsor: Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies

September 2, 2020

Reclaiming the Ancestors: Indigenous and Black Perspectives on Repatriation, Human Rights, and Justice

Sponsor: Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology

October 7, 2020

An Archaeology of Redress and Restorative Justice

Sponsor: Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

November 11, 2020

Black and Indigenous Storytelling as Counter-History

Sponsor: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

December 2, 2020

“For the Welfare of the Whole People”: Heritage Stewardship in Indigenous and Black Communities 

Sponsor: Archaeological Research Facility at University of California, Berkeley

January 13, 2021

Unsettling the Past: Radically Reimagining Archaeological Knowledge

Sponsor: Stanford Archaeology Center

February 3, 2021

Fugitive Archaeological Spaces

Sponsor: Archaeological Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz

Register: Here

March 3, 2021

The Fire This Time: Black and Indigenous Ecologies

Sponsor: Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan

Register: Here

April 7, 2021

Black and Indigenous Futures

Sponsor: The Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research

Register: Here