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Call for papers: Archaeology, Heritage, and Gender Dossier: feminist provocations

Call for papers: Archaeology, Heritage, and Gender Dossier: feminist provocations

The current circumstances have been marked by public policy setbacks in the educational, cultural, and heritage sectors, by reactionary manifestations to the gender identity and sexual diversity debates, and by racism that has patently characterized Brazilian society (and many others) throughout history. This conjuncture poses, therefore, specific challenges to researchers and professionals working in the field of Archaeology and Heritage. It is no accident that there are several other examples across the globe making evident the tension and discontent linked to that field. In that regard, the feminist demonstration that took place in 2013 in front of the Paris Panthéon, an important historical monument, is rather emblematic. The protesters insurrected against the deplorable fact that only two out of the 73 graves sheltered inside the monument belonged to women. More recently, the uprising against monuments that represent figures responsible for colonizing and enslaving African and Indigenous communities has also spurred debate regarding their removal, showing the struggle for heritage and for the right to memory.

This issue of the Revista de Arqueologia Pública (Public Archaeology Review) aims to gather reflections on the role of feminist critique and the debate on the historicity of gender identities in the fields of Archaeology, cultural heritage, and memory. If in their 1984 paper, Archaeology and the Study of Gender, American archaeologists Margareth Conkey and Janet Spector already criticized the androcentrism prevalent in the field’s academic production then, in the ensuing decades we have seen a profusion of feminist approaches inspired mostly by the critique made by black, lesbian, and trans feminists, in close relationship with Marxist critique and the post-colonial, decolonial, and cultural studies. As a result, variables such as race, class, sexuality, and generation, among others, have presented themselves as unavoidable center lines that need to be analyzed in an intersectional manner taking gender into consideration.

The dossier intends to gather theoretical reflections, critical analyses of archaeological and heritage narratives, archaeological research addressing gender issues, reports on the experience of exhibitions and other forms of socializing cultural heritage, and practices aimed at subverting the several different norms found in heritage discourse.

In this way, in order to keep burning the flame of this important debate, we invite researchers working with different objects and problems, related with different geographical and temporal spaces, to contribute to this issue.

Submissions will be accepted until December 7, 2020.

The journal receives articles written in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. Journal submission instructions are available here: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/rap/about/submissions

Dossier coordinators:

Dr. Camila A. de Moraes Wicher and Dr. Letticia Batista Rodrigues Leite.