Citing Marginalized Scholars in Biological Anthropology

To register for this workshop click here. The registration deadline is March 15, 2019.

Citing Marginalized Scholars in Biological Anthropology. Day/Time: Friday, March 29, 10AM-12PM; Description: This workshop will cover strategies for shifting citational practices in biological anthropology, providing participants with tools for producing more inclusive syllabi and publications that recognize the work of historically marginalized scientists. Organizers: Deborah Bolnick, U of Connecticut (, Rick Smith, Dartmouth ( Sponsor: Committee on Diversity-Transforming Anthropological and Scientific Knowledge (COD-TASK) .Pre-registration Required.

Description: Who we cite has consequences. Citational practices, including whose ideas we teach and work with, influence what becomes the core sensibilities that shape knowledge production in our field. Importantly, the subset of work that we conventionally cite does not match the diversity of ideas that exist in biological anthropology.

Not all scholars are cited equally, and this is shaped by race, class, sex, and gender inequalities. The work of scholars like Earnest Hooton and Carleton Coon have frequently been amplified, while the work of scholars like W. Montague Cobb has often historically been obscured. This form of silencing perpetuates the marginalization of historically underrepresented scholars in biological anthropology, making it difficult for an increasingly diverse generation of researchers to identify with this field. Shifting citational practices is therefore a crucial site of intervention.

In this two-hour interactive workshop, we will explore strategies for shifting the traditional canon in what we teach and publish in biological anthropology. During the first hour of the workshop, biological anthropologists will outline the traditional canon in paleoanthropology, primatology, bioarchaeology, and human variation, discuss its problems and limitations, and present alternative approaches, highlighting the work of historically marginalized scholars. These presentations will provide workshop participants with the tools needed to produce more inclusive syllabi and literature reviews in publications and grant proposals. During the second hour of the workshop, participants will divide into breakout groups to discuss citational practices in syllabus preparation, publication, and mentorship/advising.

Audience: All AAPA members