2021 CAPA-ACAP Annual Meeting

Precarious Positions: A discussion on diversity and marginalization in Biological Anthropology

Save the date! Friday, October 29, 2021.

In-person location: McNab Room, Sheraton Hamilton Hotel

Virtual participation: The Zoom call will occur from 12:00-1:45pm EST. You will receive the Zoom link by sign-up for the student luncheon via the google form emailed to conference registrants.


This event is intended for both students and early career members (ECMs) interested in an open discussion about experiences of precarity, diversity, and underrepresentation in Biological Anthropology. We define these experiences broadly, including but not limited to queer, racialized, low-income, or first-generation individuals. As a field, Biological Anthropology has and continues to struggle to address EDID (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization) issues. 


This luncheon intends to increase representation and support for traditionally underrepresented identities within Biological Anthropology and will facilitate networking and mentorship opportunities between members at different stages in their careers. We also envision this luncheon as an opportunity for learning, understanding, and solidarity through listening to the experiences of other members in our organization and discipline. This event will further develop CAPA/ACAP’s commitment to EDID values.


A free lunch will be offered to those attending in-person. This will be a hybrid event to accommodate those unable to travel to Hamilton. Time is reserved for questions of both in-person and virtual participants to engage with our panelists. At the start of October, a link to a Google form will be posted on this page to allow members to submit questions to our panelists anonymously for the moderator to ask. 



Confirmed Panelists - 


Dr. Michelle E. Cameron

Michelle Cameron (she/her) joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in 2018. Dr. Cameron specializes in skeletal biology and bioarchaeology. Her research explores human plasticity and adaptability, looking at how diverse environmental and cultural contexts shape the human body. Dr. Cameron also enjoys science communication and co-hosts the YouTube series Humans in 5


Dr. Sarah Lockyer

Sarah Lockyer is an Acadian from Moncton, New Brunswick. She obtained a BSc in Anthropologie from the Université de Montréal, an MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science from University College London, and a PhD in Bioarchaeology from Bournemouth University. She now works for the Canadian Armed Forces as the Casualty Identification Coordinator. 


Dr. Robin Nelson

Robin G. Nelson is an associate professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. With a focus on critical periods of growth and development, she investigates the relationship between familial dynamics, culturally salient forms of social and financial capital and the health of Black Caribbean families. She also studies equity in science and the legacy of racism on theory building in biological anthropology.


Dr. Lisa Overholtzer 

Lisa Overholtzer is an Assistant Professor and William Dawson Chair in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. She carries out collaborative, community-based archaeological research and is concerned with the ethics of bioarchaeological and archaeogenetic research in central Mexico. As a first-gen college graduate and feminist scholar, she also investigates equity and diversity issues in academia.