A trans-national #InternationalWomensDay event broadcasted remotely via Zoom and Facebook Live
On Monday, March 8, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) hosted a special webinar event in honor of International Women’s Day. Among the distinguished panel of female archaeologists and project directors was our very own director, Dr. Kim Shelton. The discussion, moderated by two current student fellows at the ASCSA, Grace Erny and Melanie Godsey, explored the theme “Choosing to Challenge.” Throughout the webinar, the scholars discussed the particular challenges that each one faced in designing and leading their archaeological projects. They shared mistakes and triumphs from their own experiences, reminisced about their own mentors (men and women) who encouraged them and supported them, they discussed considerations about day-to-day workflow in the field, and they acknowledged conceptual biases about women’s place in the field, in scholarship, and in academia. They offered advice to students who participate in archaeological fieldwork and who want to put themselves on the trajectory for project directorship in the future. They all stressed the importance of having a diverse interdisciplinary team and a strong working relationships with their colleagues in Greece. In closing, they acknowledged their own struggles and those of their predecessors, but expressed their excitement about improving the field and designing concrete pathways for underrepresented groups to study archaeology and direct their own projects in the future.
If you missed the presentation, don’t worry! You can access the recording from Facebook Live right here: