The current Government of Finland has become famous for a high number of young female ministers and its strategic theme of “Fair, equal and inclusive Finland”, which was based on the values of intersectional feminism. Finland is a forerunner in non-discrimination and gender equality at the work life. However, even the government’s program admits that a lot remains to be improved. In 2010, we raised these issues into discussion among the archaeologists with hopes that gender equality would improve. Now, ten years later, we wanted to see if anything has changed. Almost 80 Finnish archaeologists answered our questionnaire about equality, sexual harassment and discrimination within the national field. Even though some archaeologists see that things have changed, it seems that ten years is a short period for clear improvements in equality issues. For instance, within universities young female archaeologists have been awarded internationally evaluated high profile funding, but this has not led to permanent appointments. Instead, a vast majority of the university posts are still held by men. The answers provide that especially young Finnish archaeologists are well aware of the situation, are highly conscious of different aspects of equality and work actively for improvements. We will discuss the questionnaire results and future directions in an interactive Twitter thread.
Film Creators Archaeologists: Alexandra Jones, Alexis Morris, Mia Carey (US)
Short film and Q&A on Friday 23 October 16:00 EST (21:00 BST London)
Where does Black Archaeology stand in relation to the movement of Black Lives Matter? Historically, archaeology is rooted in colonial, imperial, and white patriarchal systems that have been exploitative and extractive in nature. While organizations, such as the Society of Black Archaeologists, have seen a steady growth in the members over the past seven years, this growth, while worthy of celebration, beckons the question to the predominantly white archaeological community: What social justice efforts has the discipline taken to ensure that Black Lives Matter, historically and contemporarily? More specifically, is the discipline a safe space for Black archaeologists to conduct work? And, how have the experiences of Black Archaeologists improved since 1980. This short film explores these issues through targeted questions posed to several Black archaeologists who discuss their experiences in the field of archaeology.