The 86th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2017)


Session 41. Beyond Visibility: How Academic Diversity is Transforming Scientific Knowledge. Invited Podium Symposium. Chair: Deborah A. Bolnick, Rick W.A. Smith Co-organizers: Deborah A. Bolnick, University of Texas at Austin

April 21, 2017 , Riverview 1 Add to calendar

In recent years the field of biological anthropology and the AAPA have taken center stage in national debates concerning sexual harassment, the need for greater integrity and safety in the field and workplace, and sex and gender equality in the sciences. The AAPA has also seen unprecedented efforts to increase diversity in the discipline, including the Committee on Diversity’s Undergraduate Symposium, the Increasing Diversity in Evolutionary Anthropological Sciences (IDEAS) workshop, and the formation of the GAYAPA interest group, among others. These developments have been important for increasing the inclusion of underrepresented groups in science and are crucial to broadening access and increasing justice within biological anthropology. However, while strides have been made towards improving visibility for underrepresented groups and their concerns in the field, less consideration has been given to the intellectual contributions that diversification brings. Such diversity includes new kinds of questions and theoretical perspectives, new approaches to research design and ethics, new insights and interpretations of data — leading to the production of new knowledge within biological anthropology and the sciences more generally. In this symposium we draw on the voices and insights of scholars from within biological anthropology and beyond to highlight how scientists from diverse backgrounds are producing new kinds of knowledge about humans and non-humans, the connections between bodies, biology, and culture, and the politics and practice of science. We show that diversity is not just a question of visibility and representation; it is also about making a new and vital science together. This session will explore how our collective efforts to change “who we are” also involves expanding and reconstituting “what we know”.

2:30 Add to calendar Alterity and Anthropometrics: Blackness, Vulnerability, and Post-Colonial Identities in Biological Anthropology. Robin G. Nelson.
2:45 Add to calendar Land of Milk and Honey: Infiltrating Academia to Pursue Overlooked Topics. Katie Hinde.
3:00 Add to calendar Belief(s), Identity, and Experience: Navigating Multiple Influences on Knowing in Biological Anthropology. Agustin Fuentes.
3:15 Add to calendar How subjectivity strengthens research: Developing new approaches to anthropological genetics in the Pacific Northwest. Alyssa C. Bader, Ripan S. Malhi.
3:30 Add to calendar Marginal perspectives within hegemonic spaces: the marronage of genomic technologies. Jada Benn Torres.
3:45 Add to calendar Undisciplining Desire: Bisexual and Queer Approaches to Science. Samantha M. Archer, Toni Villaseñor-Marchal, Rick W.A. Smith.
4:00 Add to calendar The Coloniality of Philosophies of Biology. Shay Akil McLean.
4:15 Add to calendar Dead end evolutionary lineage, says the White man: the evolution of Homo erectus and Homo sapiens in Asia. Sheela G. Athreya.
4:30 Add to calendar Queer developments: LGBTQIA perspectives on ontogeny, growth and development, and ranges of variation in human and nonhuman primates. Christopher A. Schmitt, Claudia M. Astorino, Stephanie L. Meredith.
4:45 Add to calendar How social justice perspectives expose hidden exclusions in science. Danielle N. Lee, Kathryn BH. Clancy.
5:00 Add to calendar Minority Rules: Social Capital, Scientific Obligations, and the Struggle to Decolonize Biological Anthropology. Ventura R. Pérez.
5:15 Discussant: Alan H. Goodman
5:30 Discussant: Kim TallBear