COSWA 2007 Meeting Events

Family and Profession: A Gendered Perspective

COSWA Invited Session
2007 AAA Meeting, Washington DC

Date:  Fri, 11/30/2007
Time: 1:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Room: Washington Room 1

Oftentimes women and men are faced with choosing between professional development opportunities and familial responsibilities, choices which may impact their advancement within their chosen profession, and/or may alter their overall career trajectory.  This panel brings together a myriad of perspectives on balancing work and family responsibilities within the field of anthropology, and includes discussion of both academic and practicing work environments.  The women and men who will speak in this skill-building session will use their personal experiences to offer insight into the range of possibilities available to anthropologists seeking a balance between their professional and personal well-being.  COSWA welcomes its audience to invite their family members and partners to attend this session.

Points of discussion include:

  • The choice to become a parent (or not). Timing of parenthood. Impact on professional advancement.
  • Taking families (or not) into “the field” and their outcomes
  • The tenure process – through various lenses (teaching institutions, research institutions, from before tenure, after tenure, to chair / dean)
  • The role family has played in influencing chosen career paths
  • Tips to find work/life balance

Speaker Schedule:
1:45-2:00 Introduction by Keri Brondo
2:00-2:15 Holly Dygert (Michigan State University
2:15-2:30 Matt Gutmann (Brown University)
2:30-2:45 Carol Colfer (CGIAR)
2:45-3:00 Gregory Starratt (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
3:00-3:15 Geraldine Moreno-Black (University of Oregon)
3:15-3:30 Discussion (Carla Guerron-Montero, moderator)
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-4:00 Kathy Dettwyler (University of Delaware)
4:00-4:15 David McMurray (Oregan State U)
4:15-4:30 Katherine DeWalt (U of Pittsburgh)
4:30-4:45 Crysta Metcalf (Motorola Labs)
4:45-5:00 Laurie Wilkie (University of California, Berkley)
5:00-5:15 Florence Babb (University of Florida)
5:15-5:30 Discussion (Keri Brondo, moderator)


COSWA Special Event
In the "Family Gap:" Children, Motherhood, and Work
Sponsored by AAA Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology

DATE: 11/30/2007 (Friday)
TIME: 12:15 PM - 01:30 PM

Women caring for children face heightened career challenges: lower wages, "glass ceilings," insufficient maternity leaves and breastfeeding support. From finding quality childcare-especially when a child is ill-to having time for oneself, multiple and competing demands confront women who have children and work outside the home. This special session is designed to provide a relaxed forum for such women to come together, connect with one another, and share their stories. This session will be loosely organized around audience-generated discussions covering common concerns, coping strategies, and suggestions for institutionalizing family friendlier policies within the AAA and beyond. Barbara Rose Johnston (Center for Political Ecology) and Rosemary Joyce (UC-Berkeley) will facilitate discussion. COSWA warmly invites children to this family-friendly session; as mother-anthropologists create support networks among themselves, their children can make new friends, too.

Workshop Leaders

Barbara Rose Johnston (Senior Research Fellow, Center for Political Ecology) does action-research on human rights and the environment. She advised the World Commission on Dams on reparations and the right to remedy, serves as an advisor and expert witness in Marshall Islands Nuclear Claims Tribunal deliberations on the consequential damages of nuclear weapons testing, and serves a UNESCO-IHP advisor on water and cultural diversity. In 2002, the AAA presented her the Solon T. Kimball Award for work in human rights and environmental justice and this year she receives the Lourdes Arizpe Award for work on reparations and nuclear militarism.

Rosemary A. Joyce (Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley) has engaged in archaeological fieldwork in Honduras since 1977. She received the PhD from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1985. At Harvard University from 1985 to 1994, she served as Assistant Director and Curator at the Peabody Museum and Assistant and Associate Professor of Anthropology. She moved to Berkeley in 1994 Associate Professor of Anthropology and was Director of the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology from 1994 to 1999. Her recent books include Gender and Power in Prehispanic Mesoamerica, The Languages of Archaeology, Embodied Lives, and the forthcoming Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives.

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