Anniversary conference on the occasion of 30 years of FemArc – Netzwerk archäologisch arbeitender Frauen e.V. in cooperation with Oberösterreichische Landes-Kultur GmbH
For the 30th FemArc anniversary taking place in the Schlossmuseum Linz, we want to pursue questions about the connection between work and gender. Archaeological examples as well as experiences with the modern archaeological world of work will be presented and the entanglements between work and gender will be discussed on a theoretical level.
In the context of case studies from the archaeological disciplines, the extent of influence or determination that gender has on possible fields of employment for individuals will be scrutinised while also focusing on expert knowledge and the power associated with it. The connection with other social categories such as age, status or social background also plays a role. In addition, it should also be discussed what terms such as “work”, “knowledge” or “specialization” actually mean and to whom they are attributed in an archaeological context.
Previous research approaches concerning work and gender should be challenged, especially regarding the hasty definition of activities of individuals or gender groups based on conclusions drawn from analogies with modern and subrecent societies. Furthermore, stereotypical patterns of interpretation, which are still passed on without reflection, shall be carefully considered.
In association with our current conditions regarding work and education, gender equality in the archaeological branch as well as possible improvements and alternatives to previous conditions are discussed. What about today’s archaeologists in the sector: Can they adequately implement the qualifications they have acquired during their studies on the job market? What barriers and glass ceilings are still there on the way to a career (hierarchization and segregation of the labour market) and how can these be broken down and changed?
Therefore, contributions regarding the theoretical aspects of gender and work as well as contributions dealing with their respective application are welcome at the conference, be it in the context of the various archaeological branches or in archaeological operations. 20 minutes speaking time plus 10 minutes of discussion are planned for each presentation. The conference languages are German and English. We look forward to informative abstracts (approx. 200 words). Please forward the CfP to interested colleagues.