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COSWA Corner

Rita Wright and Mary Ann Levine

COSWA will sponsor several activities at the SAA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. These include the Women as Professionals in Archaeology Roundtables, the Women's Network Reception, a meeting of the Women in Archaeology Interest Group, as well as the session "Archaeologies of Gender: The State of Research and Practice." Information about these activities are described below. Please consult your SAA preliminary program for registration information and additional details.

Women as Professionals in Archaeology Roundtables - The COSWA Roundtables will take place at a breakfast meeting on Saturday April 8, from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Barbara Roth (Oregon State University) and Lisa Frink (University of Wisconsin, Madison), coorganizers of the roundtables, have planned 10 tables around specific career themes. The primary objective of the roundtables is to provide a forum to bring senior women archaeologists into contact with graduate students and recent Ph.D.s. Roundtables are intended to afford women early in their careers an opportunity to discuss ideas and concerns, to gain information on specific topics, and to expand their professional networks. The following women will lead roundtables on the following topics:

Alison E. Rautman (Michigan State University)Organizing a Field Project;
Cathy Costin (California State University, Northridge)Craft Production and the Division of Labor;
Kerry McGrath (State Historical Society of Iowa)Public Programs and Education;
Monica L. Smith (George Mason University)Getting Grants;
Christine Hastorf (University of California, Berkeley)Foodways/Ethnobotany;
Patricia Urban (Kenyon College)Family and Career;
Charlotte Beck (Hamilton College)Academic Careers;
Heidi Roberts (HRA, Inc.)Careers in Contract Archaeology;
Trinkle Jones (National Park Service)Careers in Government; and
Cheryl Claassen (Appalachian State University)Publishing.

Due to the generous support of five cosponsors (Desert Archaeology, Inc., Tierra Archaeological and Environmental Consultants, Lone Mountain Archaeological Services, Inc, the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Department of Anthropology at New York University), the cost of participating in this year's roundtables has been substantially reduced to $5. It is necessary to register for the roundtables.

Women's Network Reception - This COSWA/Women in Archaeology Interest Group cosponsored reception is designed to provide an opportunity to share news and information and expand your networks. All women archaeologists are invited to attend this informal reception on Thursday, April 6, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. No preregistration is required and there is no charge. A cash bar will be available.

Women in Archaeology Interest Group Business Meeting - Immediately following the Women's Network Reception, the Interest Group will hold its annual business meeting. The meeting is thus scheduled for Thursday, April 6, from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. The agenda includes a discussion about the future direction of the Interest Group. Door prizes (including books on gender and archaeology) will be distributed to selected attendees. Please attend to let your voice be heard.

Session on "Archaeologies of Gender: The State of Research and Practice" - This session, cosponsored by the Women in Archaeology Interest Group and the Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology, will take place on Thursday, April 6, from 8:00 a.m. to12:00 p.m. The session reviews and critiques the past 20 years of research on gender issues in archaeology. Its purpose is to examine the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches that have been taken in gender-related research. Contributors will assess the state of research as applied to and illustrated by specific archaeological research problems or pedagogical issues. Examples are derived from major research areas in both the New and Old Worlds and represent the various approaches scholars use in engendered and feminist archaeologies.

Rita Wright, chair of COSWA, is associate professor of anthropology at New York University. Mary Ann Levine, member of COSWA, is assistant professor of anthropology at Franklin and Marshall College.


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