Primate Interest Group Workshop: Decolonizing Primatology. Day/Time: Thursday, April 16, 2020, 2:30PM - 4:30PM. Description: Primate Interest Group (PIG) will be discussing steps to decolonize primatology, provide networking opportunities among primatologists, and plan for PIG's future directions. Organizers: Michelle A. Rodrigues, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, ([email protected]); Andrew Halloran, Save the Chimps ([email protected]); Lydia Light, University of North Carolina-Charlotte ([email protected]).

Description: ­­­Primate Interest Group (PIG) provides a networking opportunity for primatologists across career stages within AAPA to discuss the state of anthropology primatology and advocate for representation of primatology within biological anthropology. Traditionally, PIG has been organized informally from the AAPA program. Here, we are proposing a formal workshop to ensure that the PIG meeting is incorporated within the AAPA schedule, and provide a more structured format. The first hour of this workshop will focus on a panel discussion on steps to decolonize primatology, while the second hour will focus on clarifying priorities and leadership structure for future PIG sessions and PIG advocacy. As there is now increased representation of primatologists within AAPA and a packed program of primatology sessions, the priorities of PIG have changed, and we will have breakout groups to discuss future PIG priorities including support for primatologists from habitat countries, mentorship for students and early career primatologists on the academic and non-academic jobs, and primatological ethics.

The two-hour workshop will have four stages:

  1. introductions and icebreaker,
  2. panel discussion with 5-10 minutes talks by 4-5 panelists and discussant,
  3. small-group breakout sessions,
  4. open discussion of results of breakout sessions and PIG priorities in the upcoming year.

Audience: Primatologists within the AAPA membership.

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