The 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2013)


Ethical practice in biological anthropology: an introduction to the 2013 symposium

M. ELLE SAINE1 and HEATHER SHATTUCK-HEIDORN2.

1Pre-Health Program, The University of Pennsylvania, 2Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Saturday 8:00-8:15, Ballroom A Add to calendar

This opening presentation for the 2013 symposium, Ethical Practice in Biological Anthropology: continuing the dialogue, will outline the goals of the symposium and propose possible steps for future symposiums (such as modules addressing topics of ethics in biological anthropology) to be considered during the forty-five minute discussion period. The goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers working in different specialties of physical/ biological anthropology who can illustrate how the practice and discussion of ethics is relevant to our field.

In this presentation, we will highlight the history of ethics discourse within our field and address the need for continuing discussions of ethics in biological anthropology. We hope that this symposium will encourage others to discuss questions of ethics that have arisen during their fieldwork, research, and studies. Eventually we hope this will lead to new spaces for discourse in the field and the generation of additional reference materials for students, professors, and researchers. Ultimately, we hope this symposium will offer critical new view points on ethical issues, while simultaneously building on the work that has come before it.

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