||It has been accepted that race is a social construct and not a biological fact. In addition, the visibility of gender has rapidly become central in archaeological research. Yet, currently there is a difficulty in how to approach the intersection of race and gender in the interpretation of historic sites. In light of the difficult task before archaeologists, now is the time to discuss how each of us are influenced by our own backgrounds, our own experiences, and how these factors can be assets in the construction of multi-racial communities of the past.
This roundtable is designed to begin a realistic conversation about how Americanist archaeologists are currently addressing the intersection of race and gender in archaeological interpretation. The connection between racism and sexism is at the center of Black Feminist and Critical Race critiques, however, in archaeology, this intersection has been approached with caution or completely ignored. The conversation will also serve as a way to connect archaeologists who are engaged in such intersectional work and create a forum for these archaeologists to discuss the complexities and problems they face.