Dialogues in Decolonization. Day/Time: Thursday, April 16, 2020, 10AM - 12PM. Description: This workshop will explore the impact that colonial practices have had on biological anthropology, including on our curricula, our practice, and our narratives, in order to generate best practices/recommendations going forward. Organizers: Rebecca Ackermann, University of Cape Town, ([email protected]). This workshop is sponsored by AAPA COD-I and AAPA COD-TASK.

Description: ­­­Historically, decolonization is the release of one country or territory from political control by another. However, in the wake of global movements, and particularly calls for decolonization of higher education, the term has taken on broader meaning. In this workshop, we aim to explore two questions: What does decolonization entail? What strategies might be employed to achieve a decolonised biological anthropology? Our goal in this workshop is to provide a space where participants can explore the impact that colonial practices have had on biological anthropology, including on our curricula, our practice, and our narratives. We are particularly interested in drawing insight from leading researchers who have been engaged in this topic across multiple disciplines. Our format will include short (2-3 min) recorded talks from key researchers globally, as well as a diverse and global (both in terms of location and region of expertise) panel of biological anthropologists, who have been engaging with issues relating to decolonization and indigenization, and will facilitate discussion. This global perspective is critical given the continued dominance of the U.S.A. in shaping biological anthropology, as reflected in its prevalence across myriad measures (e.g., financial resources, textbook generation, research outputs, field sites). The projected outcome of this workshop is to generate material that will be used to draft a statement on decolonization for the AAP(B)A, which would include best practices/recommendations for students and researchers.

The workshop will run as follows:

  • Ten short (2-3 minute) talks will be solicited from key researchers globally, reflecting on their views of decolonization. These will be recorded prior to the meetings.
  • A panel of 5-6 Biological Anthropologists who will serve as moderators for the discussion. Each will provide a short introduction (2-3 minute), as well as their views on decolonization.
  • These introductions will be used as a springboard for an open discussion.

Audience: Researchers (students through senior academics) who want to contribute to the discussion and learn about the concept of decolonization, to those interested learning about and contributing to best practice going forward.

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