Sponsored by: Members’ Programmatic, Advisory and Advocacy Committee
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students, Those Involved in Mentoring Activities
Primary Theme: Policy
Secondary Theme: Ethics
The prevalence of sexual harassment and assault in the diverse workplace settings where anthropologists conduct research, teach, and engage in other forms of professional practice presents our discipline, now and in the future, with a series of challenges. This roundtable opens a discussion on the problem of sexual harassment and assault drawing on the lived experience of anthropologists and envisioning a new set of practices that mitigate against sexual harassment in our professional community.
Drawing from experiences in fieldwork, field schools, academic and non-academic work settings, the panelists ask: How can graduate training programs mitigate sexual harassment and assault? What role can anthropology play in understanding the ways that workplace institutional norms enable and disable sexual harassment? Can our professional ethics be leveraged to enable a professional practice free of sexual harassment? What is the role of our professional association in addressing sexual harassment? And how does what our association is doing compare to our peer associations?