What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology

June 9, 2016

Neglected questions about women, gender and sexuality have been on the archaeological agenda since the late 1980s, and gender-inclusive archaeology has transformed what we know about the past. But some of its strongest advocates deny that they are engaged in feminist scholarship or influenced by feminist politics.

Professor Alison Wylie questions the conviction that research is only credible if it is “value free” and argues that the critical insights of feminism are a crucial resource for empirical research in any field. Rather than a “view from nowhere,” Wylie makes the case for rethinking ideals of objectivity in terms that counter epistemic injustice and mobilize the situated interests and experience of diverse knowers.

Alison Wylie, professor of philosophy, University of Washington, professor of philosophy, Durham University, UK
Ruby Blondell, professor, Classics, adjunct professor, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Lockwood Professor in the Humanities, UW
Judith A. Howard, professor and divisional dean of social sciences, College of Arts and Sciences