By Chelsi Slotten
The Society for American Archaeology will be hosting its 82nd annual meeting in Vancouver Canada this week (March 29- April 2). Over five days’ thousands of scholars will convene to talk about their research, discuss important questions facing the field, and plan for the future. This year, three people from our department will be attending- Dr. William Fitzhugh, Dr. Stephan Loring, and Chelsi Slotten. While there are always too many interesting sessions, and never enough time to attend them all, we’re highlighting some sessions that are relevant to us and our area of interest.
Thursday March 30th there will be a symposium titled Reimagining Human-Animal Relations in the Circumpolar North. The session will run from 8AM- 12PM in East Meeting Room 11 of the Vancouver Convention Center.
Also on Thursday, at 8:45 AM Chelsi Slotten will be presenting in a session called Constructing Archaeology: Moving Sex/Gender and Sexuality Research from the Periphery to the Center. Her paper is titled Engendering the Bioarchaeology of the Viking Age. The session will run from 8- 11AM in East Meeting room 9 of the Vancouver Convention Center.
The memorial session for Dr. Joan Gero, who was an ASC Research Associate and a pioneer in the field of archaeological gender studies, will be held Thursday from 1- 3PM in East Meeting Room 7 of the Vancouver Convention Center. It is titled Perturbing the Peace: A Tribute to Joan Gero and will feature several of Joan's collaborators, colleagues, students, and friends.
Again on Thursday, this time from 6-10 PM, Dr. William Fitzhugh will be the discussant for a symposium called Arctic and Subarctic Coasts: Current Research and Modern Challenges. The session will meet in East Meeting Room 8 of the Vancouver Convention Center.
On Friday March 31st there will be a symposium called Archaeology in the Arctic. This session will feature a paper by Caroline Solazzo, William Fitzhugh, Susan Kaplan, Charles Potter and Jolon Dyer titled Molecular Markers in Keratins from Hair and Baleen for Species Identification of Archaeological Artifacts. If you would like to attend, you should be in East Meeting Room 7 of the Vancouver Convention Center from 10:30AM – 12PM.
In addition to all these symposia, there will be an Arctic Archaeology poster session on Saturday April 1st from 8-10AM. You can stop by the East Exhibit Hall B in the Vancouver Convention Center anytime during this 2 hour block to talk to presenters about their posters.
Closing out the Arctic panels for the weekend is a symposium titled Towards a Social Archaeology of Food in Northern North America. It will run from 1 -3:30PM in East Meeting Room 14 of the Vancouver Convention Center on Saturday April 1st.
See you in Vancouver!