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Chelsea Blackmore, University of California, Santa Cruz
Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a Mesoamerican archaeologist, Dr. Blackmore examines the role of social identity in the construction and conceptualization of ancient states. Using queer and feminist theories, her work questions models of complexity that minimize the role of everyday people and practices. She has directed field research at sites in California, Mexico and Belize and is developing a new project focused on the role of illicit and illegal settlements in the formation of colonial-period (AD 1544-1840) Belize. She is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled Queering Complexity: Reimagining Class, Politics, and Identity in Ancient Maya Society.
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Sean Desjardins (he/him), University of Gronigen (Netherlands)
Sean (PhD, McGill, 2017) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Arctic Centre and the Groningen Institute of Archaeology, University of Groningen (Netherlands), and a research associate in paleobiology at the Canadian Museum of Nature. He is an anthropological archaeologist with more than a decade of experience designing research projects relating to human-environment relationships in Inuit Nunangat (the traditional Inuit territories of Arctic Canada). Since 2017, he has represented the Netherlands in the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council.
Nathan Klembara (he/they), Binghamton University
Nathan is currently a doctoral candidate at Binghamton University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Mercyhurst University and his Master’s Degree from Binghamton University (SUNY). His current research combines his passsion for archaeology and the history/philossophy of science. Drawing from current trends in STS and HPS, Nathan is analyzing the history and current status of queer theory in archaeology in order to theorize an explicitly queer philosophy of science. In addition to queer theory, his research interests include the sociopolitics of archaeology, landscape archaeology, death and dying, identity construction, and personhood.
Gabriela Oré Menéndez (she/her/ella), Vanderbilt University
Gabriela (she/her/ella) is a doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University, where she is finishing her dissertation on multispectral satellite remote sensing technologies applied to archaeological research. Her interest in exploring different ways to do archaeology outside the boundaries of traditional survey or excavations align with her approach to queering the discipline. Gabriela believes that the diversification of archaeology and archaeological practice begins by recognizing the potential and out-of-the-box thinkers of individuals on the margins, like queer, neurodiverse, or individuals with disabilities.
Christopher Nicosia (he/him/his), Louisiana State University
Christopher Nicosia is a social bioarchaeological anthropologist. He studies human skeletal remains in archaeological contexts of communities that formed in the ancient Andean region of South America and the Southeastern United States. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University (LSU). His research interests explore intersectionalities of disease, age, biological sex, and gender of past peoples through the study of human skeletal remains and archaeological site contexts in order to not only shed light on communal roles but also to piece together more comprehensive aspects of social identities, social life stages, and funerary practices. This stems from his studies in sociocultural landscapes, archaeology, paleopathology, diet, violence, skeletal biology, and osteology.