Confronting Structural Racism and Historical Archaeology

Author(s): Michael Nassaney

Year: 2018


Our scholarship teaches us that racialized structures created conditions that constrained and facilitated social action, with a pervasive influence on the materiality of the past. Inevitably, agents worked against institutionalized racism in public and covert ways to try to affect a more equitable and less dehumanizing society. Despite these efforts, we generally pay less attention to how ongoing structural racism influences our current lives and practice as historical archaeologists and global citizens. SHA has held several anti-racism training workshops to interrupt institutional racism in the Society and our discipline. The participants in this forum explore the influence of structural racism on the ways in which we practice historical archaeology, reflect on lessons learned from the SHA’s anti-racism training, and suggest emancipatory transformations that can lead to a more inclusive SHA and a deeper understanding of how racism thwarts our ability to reach our human potential.

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Confronting Structural Racism and Historical Archaeology. Michael Nassaney. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441297)

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