Cleaning Up the Field: A Conversation About Harassment in Mediterranean Archaeology
Scullin, Sarah and Erny, Grace and Nakassis, Dimitri and Steinke, Stephanie
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A Conversation About Harassment in Mediterranean Archaeology
Our first installment in this series, anonymously authored, argued that gender-based discrimination, harassment, abuse, and assault, is as prevalent in Classics as in other similarly hierarchical fields. Just as in Hollywood, so too in Classics are there whisper networks that identify the worst offenders; and so too must anyone with a desire for a career—or with a well-developed instinct for self-preservation—remain silent. Until recently, that is.
The #MeToo movement has turned over rocks in every industry, academia included; The Professor Is In’s Karen Kelsky’s anonymous, open-sourced survey on sexual misconduct in academia currently stands at 1,929 entries (and counting). Where our first article similarly focused on sharing stories of harassment in Classics and related fields, this second installment zeroes in on one area of Greco-Roman studies that is particularly susceptible to sexual misconduct: field archaeology.
Recent research by anthropologists Kathryn Clancy, Robin Nelson, Julienne Rutherford, and Katie Hinde, and work by archaeologist Beth Alpert Nakhai, have both proven and quantified this problem in various field contexts. Field archaeology of the ancient mediterranean world, we can safely assume, is no exception.
In what follows, archaeologists Grace Erny, Dimitri Nakassis, and Stephanie Steinke, together with our Managing Editor Sarah Scullin, discuss the cultural and systemic factors that contribute to abuse and harassment in mediterranean archaeological fieldwork.
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- Archaeologist's Responsibility to Colleagues, Employees, and Students
- Archaeologist's Responsibility to Employers and Clients
- Archaeologist's Responsibility to the Public
- Principle 1: Adherence to ethical and responsible behaviour in archaeological affairs
- Principle 5: Recognition of aspirations of employees, colleagues and helpers in all matters of employment
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- Equity and Representation; Discrimination and Harassment
- Professional Relationships and Communication
- Professional Standards
- Standards of Training and Student/Teacher Responsibilities