The Society of Black Archaeologists Annual Meeting 2023
The panelists speaking are SBA Board members as well as guests from NegrArqueo and the William Leo Hansberry Society.
Ayana Omilade Flewellen (they/she) is a Black Feminist, an archaeologist, a storyteller, and an artist. As a scholar of anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies, Flewellen’s intellectual genealogy is shaped by critical theory rooted in Black feminist epistemology and pedagogy. This epistemological backdrop not only constructs the way she designs, conducts and produces her scholarship but acts as foundational to how she advocates for greater diversity within the field of archaeology and within the broader scope of academia. Flewellen is the co-founder and current President-Elect of the Society of Black Archaeologists and sits on the Board of Diving With A Purpose. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research and teaching interests address Black Feminist Theory, historical archaeology, maritime heritage conservation, public and community-engaged archaeology, processes of identity formations, and representations of slavery. Flewellen has been featured in National Geographic, Science Magazine and PBS; and regularly presents her work at institutions including The National Museum for Women in the Arts.
Alexandra Jones, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Archaeology in the Community, is an education leader focused on community outreach and service. Dr. Jones has been an educator for more than 16 years; she has taught in multiple educational environments from primary schools to museums. She obtained dual Bachelors of Arts degrees from Howard University in History and Anthropology in 2001. She obtained a Master’s degree in History from Howard University in 2003 and then attending University of California, Berkeley to obtain a Ph.D. in Historical Archaeology in 2010. Dr. Jones worked for PBS’s television show Time Team America as the Archaeology Field School Director, where she directed field schools for junior high and high school students at each of the sites for the 2013 season. She is currently Assistant Professor of Archaeology at Goucher College. Dr. Jones serves on the District of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Review Board, Board of Directors for the Society of Black Archaeologists, the Board of Directors of the St. Croix Archaeological Society and is an Academic Trustee for the Archaeological Institute of America.
Dr. Justin Dunnavant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UCLA. His current research in the US Virgin Islands investigates the relationship between ecology and enslavement in the former Danish West Indies. In addition to his archaeological research, Justin is co-founder and President of the Society of Black Archaeologists and an AAUS Scientific SCUBA Diver. In 2021, he was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and inducted into The Explorers Club as one of “Fifty People Changing the World that You Need Know About.” He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. His research has been featured on Netflix’s “Explained,” Hulu’s “Your Attention Please” and in print in American Archaeology and Science Magazine.
Cheryl LaRoche, a founding member of SBA, holds a PhD in American Studies with a concentration in archaeology and African American history. She received the Society for Historical Archaeology’s John L. Cotter award in 2011 and contributed to the edited volume, “Tales of Gotham: Historical Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Microhistory of New York City” which won the James Deetz Book Award in 2015. Her book “Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad: The Geography of Resistance” examines the relationship between five mid-western archaeological sites and the Underground Railroad. She has consulted for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Park Service and numerous museums and historical sites.
Jay received his initial Open Water training in 2005 through the Underwater Adventure Seekers (UAS) (www.uasdivers.org), the founding club of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) (www.nabsdivers.org). Mr. Haigler became an Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2010. He continued his dive education by becoming certified as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). He was formally a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Scientific Diver. The purpose of the NOAA Diving Program is to train, certify and equip scientists, engineers and technicians to perform a variety of underwater tasks in support of NOAA missions.
Jay Haigler is currently the Diving Safety Officer for the Scientific Diving Program of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers Foundation. Having developed a strong interest in underwater archaeology, he immersed himself in a maritime archaeology program called Diving With a Purpose (DWP) (www.divingwithapurpose.org). Diving With a Purpose (DWP) is a professional advocacy organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of submerged heritage resources by providing education, training, certification and field experience to adults and youth in the fields of maritime archaeology and ocean conservation. A special focus of DWP is the protection, documentation, and interpretation of African slave trade shipwrecks and the maritime history and culture of African Americans. Over 500 people, including 125 youth (ages 15 – 23), have attended DWP’s maritime archaeology field school. The field school has documented 18 shipwrecks, including 18th and 19th-century sailing vessels. DWP has received numerous national awards, including the 2021 Society of American Archaeology’s Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology Award for Archaeology and Education. A graduate of the Catholic University of America, with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, Jay enjoys the technical aspects of underwater archaeology, but his passion for teaching has paid dividends for many curious but reluctant prospects. Jay is a member of the board of directors for Diving With a Purpose (DWP).
Craig Stevens is a Doctoral Student at Northwestern University and co-founder of the Black and African Solidarity Show (B.A.S.S.). As an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, his research investigates the placemaking processes of nineteenth-century Black American and Caribbean settlers in West Africa. During his tenure as a Marshall Scholar in the United Kingdom, Craig completed an MA in Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and an MA in Museums, Heritage
COMMITTEE INTEREST MEETING
Room Chaired by Alexandra Jones
The Programs Committee oversees SBA’s signature programming (Mentorship, Scholarly Production, Oral History). This programming is geared specifically to the needs and interests of the membership, though may produce outputs that have a broader impact or audience.
Room Chaired by Justin Dunnavant
The Development Committee will assist the Board in the creation of an annual business plan and its fundraising efforts. Join to learn more about the Development Chair position.
Room Chaired by Jay Haigler
The Nominations committee is in charge of organizing SBA elections. Learn more about the elections and the Nominations Committee Chair position.
Room Chaired by Ayana Flewellen
The Special Programs Committee oversees initiatives that do not fit the usual SBA Programming including exploratory, specially funded, or short-term projects such as Estate Little Princess, CRM initiatives, ad hoc committees). Join to learn more about the Special Programs Committee Chair position.
Room Chaired by Craig Stevens
The Communications committee is in charge of updating social media and communicating new programs, updates, and announcements with our membership. Join to learn more about the Communications Committee.
NETWORKING ROOMS TO MEET OTHER SBA MEMBERS
This room is for French speaking scholars to converse and collaborate.
This room is for Portuguese speaking scholars to converse and collaborate.
Are you a grad student or interested in graduate school? Join others who may have a similar experience or can offer advice.
Faculty and Independent Scholars
Connect with other faculty and independent scholars.
Roundtable discussions about mentorship styles and opportunities.
What’s new and next in Underwater Archaeology?
Looking for Your People?
This is a casual no topic networking room for meeting new people.
CRM and Public Archaeology
This room is for Cultural Resources Management Professionals and Researchers. Join to connect with others in the field.
Black Feminist Archaeology
This room is centered on lived experience as a Black feminist and/or writing into Black feminist archaeological theory.
Ancestors and Repatriation
African American Graves Protection and Repatriation. Honoring ancestors using archaeological and bioarchaeological approaches.
Accessibility in the Field
How do we make archaeology more accessible? What is needed in the field and at SBA?
Future Directions in Archaeology
Discuss fresh new ideas for archaeological practice.
Digital Archaeology & Technology
How do you use digital technology methods and theory in your studies or work?
SBA Annual Meeting
- 12noon - 1PM
- SBA PANEL
- The panelists speaking are SBA Board members as well as guests from NegrArqueo and the William Leo Hansberry Society.
- 1PM - 2PM
- COMMITTEE INTEREST MEETING
- We are looking for SBA members to fill vacant leadership positions and serve as chairs on our various committees. If you are interested in learning more, join the appropriate zoom room. Please add your name and contact information in the chat so we can reach out to you after the meeting. If the committee meeting ends early, please get a snack and come back at 2:00 PM for networking and good conversation with other SBA members.
- 2PM - 3PM
- NETWORKING ROOMS TO MEET OTHER SBA MEMBERS
- Networking rooms will be open for 1 hour and are organized by interest group, theoretical, or methodological topic to guide informal conversations. SBA Networking Rooms have no chair and are open to all attendees. Feel free to switch rooms and conversations at any time. Say hello to an old friend, or make a new one. We expect healthy and respectful conduct in our virtual spaces.