Archaeology and Gender in Europe

Welcome to the website of the working party Archaeology and Gender in Europe (AGE)!

AGE session at the 20th EAA conference in Istanbul

The session schedules are now online!

The schedule for “Binary bind:” deconstructing sex and gender dichotomies in archaeological practice can be found here
The schedule for Images of the past: Gender and its representations can be found here

The 20th EAA AGE session “Binary bind:” deconstructing sex and gender dichotomies in archaeological practice - organized by AGE members Lara Ghisleni, Alexis Jordan and Emily Fioccoprile - will take place at Friday, 12th September ( see also the EAA conference website ). The session description can be found here

Another gender archaeology related session with the title Images of the past: Gender and its representations - organized by AGE members Jana Esther Fries, Jo Zalea B. Matias and Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann - will take place at Thursday 11th September ( see also the EAA conference website ). The session description can be found here

Forthcoming publication: Girls in Antiquity

Forthcoming summer 2014: The papers of the 2010 Berlin conference Mädchen im Altertum / Girls in Antiquity" by Susanne Moraw and Anna Kieburg (vol. 11 of the series Frauen - Forschung - Archäologie edited by FemArc - Netzwerk archäologisch arbeitender Frauen)

The volume adresses the long neglected topic of girls - i.e. female individuals that have not yet undergone certain rites de passage neccessary to become a "woman" - in various ancient societies. 26 papers deal with Bronze Age Europe, Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, Bronze Age Greece, Greece and Rome, Late Antiquity, and the Early Middle Ages. The papers are either written in German or in English, with an abstract in both languages.

Contributors are: Claudia-Maria Behling, Katrin Bernhardt, Olympia Bobou, Susanne Brather-Walter, Stephanie L. Budin, Eve DíAmbra, Peter Emberger, Susanna E. Fischer, Caitlin C. Gillespie, Jochen Griesbach, Ute Günkel-Maschek, Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann, Kerstin P. Hofmann, Kathrin Kleibl, Julia K. Koch, Claudia Merthen, Marion Meyer, Cecilia Nobili, Viktoria Räuchle, Kathrin Schade, Günther Schörner, Michaela Stark, Wolf-Rüdiger Teegen, Helga Vogel, Manuella Wangert, and Anne Weis. With an English introduction by Susanne Moraw.

Subscription offer

If you order in advance, before June 30th, you will benefit from the subscription price: 54,00 Euro (plus shipping charges) instead of 68,00 Euro. Please adress your order to: femarcbestellung@femarc-edition.de

About us

The proposal for a EAA working party on Gender and Archaeology in Europe arises from the EAA session Gender, Identity and Materiality celebrated in Malta 2008.

The first official action of the current party has been the organization of a round table session by the same name on “Gender and Archaeology in Europe” in the 2009 EAA meeting. In tune with our goals we invited young speakers from seven different European countries in Europe to present their views on the professional situation of professional women archaeologists working in Europe and their views on what gender archaeology should be.

After that, AGE organized sessions on various topic at each EAA Annual Meeting as well as other conferences. Details can be find at the page actions.

Area of concern

The working party has as its area of concern the discussion of Gender issues in European archaeology, where gender is considered both as a structural element to be studied in the past and as influencing research in the present. It will thus address the study and understanding of gender arrangements in the past and the study and understanding of how current gender systems affect archaeology as an academic and professional practice.