EPL On The Edge

On The Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting-edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. Presented by the University of Alberta's Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), these sessions take place monthly at the Strathcona Library Branch. All are welcome to attend and explore the forefront of academic discovery with us!

Archaeology as a Tool of Social Justice

This presentation explores the intersection of archaeology and social justice, illustrating how archaeological practices can contribute to understanding and addressing historical inequities. It emphasizes the role of archaeology in uncovering the untold stories of marginalized communities and how these findings can challenge prevailing historical narratives. Throughout this presentation I will attempt to demonstrate the potential of archaeology to influence contemporary social justice movements by providing empirical evidence of historical injustices. I will also discuss the ethical responsibilities of archaeologists to engage with descendant communities and the public in a manner that respects and amplifies marginalized voices.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. | Online (Zoom)

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Benjamin Kucher

About the Presenter:

Benjamin is a prominent Indigenous student leader and activist currently pursuing a master's degree in anthropology at the University of Alberta. He is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta and has a background in archaeology, focusing on cultural disappearance and social justice activism within the academic sphere. He has been vocal about the impact of such denialism on Indigenous communities and the importance of truth and reconciliation efforts.

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Jay Friesen, Ph.D.
Educational Curriculum Developer
Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
Email: jayf@ualberta.ca