Scotti Michelle Norman

  • Visiting Scholar

Scotti M. Norman (She/her/hers, Ph.D. 2019, Vanderbilt University) is the Visiting Scholar during the 2019-2020 academic year at the Center for Comparative Archaeology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an anthropological archaeologist whose primary research interests center on the array of strategies through which native peoples shaped and responded to European colonization in the New World from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Specifically, she studies religious revitalization movements and the role of women in these movements. Dr. Norman has also worked in Ecuador, Chile, Belize, and Israel and is broadly interested in public archaeology, gender and intersectionality, colonial encounters, and spatial/landscape archaeology.

Courses Taught 2019-2020:

Archaeologies of Gender

This course foregrounds gender as a structuring part of past lives and explores the construction of gender in archaeological interpretations across time and space. The course begins with an overview of how gender has been theorized in archaeology as a discipline, including more recent theoretical approaches which incorporate feminist and queer theory. Drawing on case studies from diverse geographic locations and time periods, we will consider how studies of gender can be practically applied to archaeological investigations of labor, mortuary analysis, space and landscape, and feasting and religious practices. This engendered perspective, which includes women and men, promotes more nuanced understandings of social complexity and diversity of past communities. Potential topics to be considered include: theories of gender, non-binary genders and masculinities, mortuary analysis, labor and technology, space and landscape, feasting and ritual, gender and hierarchies, and colonialism and transformation of gendered identities.