Confronting our Biases to Transform Conservation
Biases affect both our personal choices as conservators and inform larger institution-wide policies. As conservators we have been taught to make non-value-based decisions. However, our backgrounds inevitably filter into our decision-making processes. Conservators are involved in discussions regarding how/if art objects are collected, displayed, and preserved. We also make hiring decisions and are involved with community engagement. The subtle but significant problem of implicit bias in all of these areas can hinder our desire for inclusivity. Conversely, if we recognize and confront our own biases, then we can transform our practice and help make the cultural heritage field more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible. The Equity & Inclusion Committee (EIC) proposes a general concurrent session with the goal of understanding and developing personal strategies to identify implicit associations in conservation, from the individual level to the institutional level. We will explore this topic through a mix of presentations, panel discussion, and open discussion. The session will include four speakers (TBD) from the cultural heritage sector. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the implicit biases we all carry and how it influences their work, and see examples of how others have effected change.
Presenters: Porchia Moore, Seema Rao, Stephanie A. Johnson-Cunningham
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