ArchaeoCafé Podcast – Episode 2-08 – Gender and archaeology: An interview with Katie Vanderkolk

hosted by Otis Crandell

In this episode I talk with Katie Vanderkolk about gender in archaeology.

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Some useful terminology and links

Feminist archaeology
Feminist archaeology employs a feminist perspective in interpreting past societies.

Gender archaeology
A method of studying past societies through their material culture by closely examining the social construction of gender identities and relations.

Non-binary gender
Non-binary is used to describe people who feel their gender cannot be defined within the margins of gender binary. Instead, they understand their gender in a way that goes beyond simply identifying as either a man or woman.

Judith Butler
An American philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy, ethics, and the fields of third-wave feminism, queer theory, and literary theory.


Selected reading

(De)queering Hatshepsut: Binary bind in archaeology of Egypt and kingship beyond the corporeal
by Uroš Matić
Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 2016, Vol. 23, p. 810–831

Sexuality studies in archaeology
by Barbara L. Voss
Annual Review of Anthropology, 2008, Vol. 37, p. 317-336

Archaeologies of sexuality: An introduction
by Barbara L. Voss and Robert A. Schmidt
in the book “Archaeologies of Sexuality” published by Routledge in 2000, pages 1-32

Feminisms, queer theories, and the archaeological study of past sexualities
by Barbara L. Voss
World Archaeology, 2000, Vol. 32(2), Queer Archaeologies, p. 180-192

Coming to terms with Navajo “nádleehí”: A critique of “berdache,” “gay,” “alternate gender,” and “two-spirit”
by Carolyn Epple
American Ethnologist, 1998, Vol. 25(2), p. 267-290

Archaeology and the study of Gender
by Margaret W. Conkey and Janet D. Spector
Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory, 1984, Vol. 7, p. 1-38


About Katie Vanderkolk

Katie Vanderkolk is a graduate student of archaeology at the University of Calgary. Their research focuses on a chaine operatoire analysis of ceramics.






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