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reindeer. Confront sexism in archeology on the College of Rennes 2

Association alter egomanaged by archeology faculty studentsUniversity of Rennes 2invites confronting sexism in archaeology September 26 – October 18, 2022. Two exhibitions and one-off events will question sexism and aggression in archeology and social science.

Archeology, like any other discipline, is not exempt from the rule of sexism. In line with the #MeeToo movement gender studies (gender studies) French-speaking students and researchers born in Anglo-Saxon universities attack the anthill of patriarchy that shapes our perceptions of yesterday and today. Inspired by speeches denouncing sexist and gender-based violence in the past decade, and to combat the invisibility of women in the archaeological worldAlter Ego Association suggest confronting sexism in archaeology yes, yesUniversity of Rennes 2September 26 – October 18, 2022.

PhD students Chloé Damay and Lisa Marchand, members of the Alter Ego association.

alter ego Born in 2004 out of a desire to help archeology students find funding for a mandatory internship. ” There was a civic issue, helping students who could not afford to go to school “the doctoral student emphasizes Chloe Damay. Since then, the association has diversified its activities and focused on mediation and popularization: mediation in schools (colleges and high schools), interventions on heritage days, creation of exhibitions and even hosting other initiatives. “ One of the main goals of the association is to connect people of different generations and disciplines, to create a network. “, he adds.

But the ills of society are just as present in this fascinating profession as in any other discipline, if not more so. ” A very important aspect in archeology is fieldwork, which is generally a very masculine environment. In a few weeks, we constantly develop in society, busy time, fatigue and labor explains PhD student Lisa Marchand. Chloe adds: It’s as sexist as can be, just for the distribution of life’s responsibilities. »

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Unfortunately, it is clear that the number of studies on this genre in the French-speaking archaeological world is still small. In methodology as much as in working conditions, the latter remains closed to feminist thought.

Civic will fueled by the speeches of students and expertsalter ego with the course of events it became a position seen today, confronting sexism in archaeology. The cornerstone of this student initiative is a traveling exhibition Archaeo-sexism is the initiative of collective pay for your goodsCreated by Laura Mary andArchaeo-ethical unity. ” The first objective of holding the exhibition is to inform the university community and the teaching body that they concretely understand the importance of raising and denouncing this topic. Before continuing, Chloé says: We would also like to raise awareness of how to proceed once the facts are known “.

The exhibition, a collection of statements and illustrations, denounces women’s underrepresentation in research, casual sexism, moral harassment, sexual harassment, and other reprehensible actions in institutions, the field, or on university benches. It is no coincidence that it will be held in Hall B of the Villejean campus, a must for students of the social sciences, especially heritage, history, archeology and art history. The site of many demonstrations is a building known for its strong political history. The three curators of the exhibition, Segolene Vandevelde, Laura Mary and Beline Pasquini, will also host a video conference on Gender in Archaeology, From Field to Research: History, Challenges and Prospects (October 5, 6:00 p.m., Auditorium B1). ” This liberalization of discourse parallels the evolution of studies on the place of women. »

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Exhibition Portraits of women archaeologists and activists, Béline Pasquini (FR), portrait by Mélina Alban Clair, 2022

in continuationArchaeo-sexismexhibition Portraits of activist women archaeologistsproduced by alter ego, will pay tribute to fifteen female explorers in Le Tambour’s mezzanine. In paintings, collages, and other materials, she will show the struggle of these women, who fought in their academic work as much as in their lives, to change these power balances and advance science and its teachings. At a time when history and archeology are written by men and there are very few female researchers, the exhibition emphasizes the need to have representative models, to showcase successful and struggling women, even if they are forgotten. “The invisibility of women in research stems from the patriarchal system that affects the scientific discipline. “Clarifies Lisa.” Some societies lack highly developed written traditions to rely on to interpret finds, such as proto-historic societies. Take, for example, the weapons found in graves that are sometimes wrongly attributed to men…

The view of past societies is biased and androcentric with a patriarchal prism »

Lisa Merchant

The rest of the program will support the discourse of the two exhibitions by questioning the writings we grow up with and take for granted. Thus, the development of gender archeology and the distribution of roles in past civilizations will be emphasized. Curator of Heritage Helene Djema will wonder where the women are (spoiler: in the acknowledgments and notes) or how the scientific discoveries that constitute the “Matilda effect” are attributed to their male counterparts (October 3, 6:00 p.m., amphitheater 3)…

The topic will be extended to the academic community at large with the screening of an impressive documentary film. The silence of the lecture halls is broken (October 10, 18:00, drum). The feature film gives voice to students, doctoral students or staff who are victims of sexist and sexual violence within the university. ” One of the witnesses in the documentary will be at the round table [18 octobre, 18 h, B6, ndlr] especially talking about the status of a doctoral student Lisa says. ” In addition to having all the perils inherent in the life of a PhD student that can be demoralizing, there is also sexism. The dropout rate among women is staggering.. According to the article Feminism and Gender in Archaeology: From Theory to Practice, 76% of master’s degree holders are women, but only 40% of Ph.D. ” Equal skill, not equal luck ”, teases Lisa.

Then there will be a round table with the director Lysa Hetier, Draw manager at Rennes 2 Jerome Eneau and Camille Zimmerman. “ He left his dissertation unfinished and published an article on this topic. We were so glad he was here because he had the courage to open it, he is still on trial against his attacker. The Student Vice President also attends Typhaine Grignard will talk about the equality charter the university is working on, as well as the new harassment reporting platform that has been in place for a few weeks. The platform aims to be as anonymous and fast as possible. ” Rennes 2 are trying their best in these matters, they know there is a lot to do but the university is not necessarily the focus. gender studies. Putting these questions before the stage in college is a bit of a first says Chloe.

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