Have archaeologists been forgotten? The use of social media in (un)employment campaigns…

Posted: 20/06/2013 in free archaeology, Research, resistance
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Rather than bundling it up in the huge post that I sincerely hope to post later today, I thought I’d post a rough translation of a recent Selçuk Haber (@selcukhaber) article here. It asked: ‘have archaeologists been forgotten [arkeologlar unutuldu mu]?’ Even more depressing translations of the question would be: Have archaeologists sunk without trace? Have archaeologists sunk into oblivion? For our own emotional well-being, let’s pass over the fact that the problem has existed long enough for people to have forgotten that it exists…

Archaeology Department graduates are collecting signatures. The Department of Archaeology and Literature being one of the departments that has the greatest employment problem after graduation, its graduates and students are complaining about their dereliction.

Not being able to work in the private sector under any circumstances, archaeologists are demanding an increase in employment at the public institutions that are their only source of employment.

Naturally, in a state where the past is so heavily and dangerously politicised, and archaeologists’ (non-)employment is under government control, that (non-)employment can be a significant political act.

Archaeologist candidates who want their voices to be heard by sending e-mails to various public foundations are collecting virtual signatures by means of a website named http://imzakampanyam.com/Arkeolog-Istihdaminin-Saglanmasi-Ve-Istihdamin-Merkezi-Atama-Usuluyle-Icra-Edilmesi-imza-kampanyasi.

Recalling that archaeologists are only able to work in their field in state positions, students and graduates say that they will try to address their grievances in every legitimate way.

The interesting point in this article is its note on student and unemployed archaeologists’ campaigning tool.

Their starting points being social media and online platforms, archaeologist candidates are taking steps for the solution of the archaeology department’s long-neglected employment problem by building social platforms.

Apart from showing that even the unemployed can have effective internet access (which is relevant to the social mix of participants in the Turkish resistance), it shows that archaeologists are able to engage, network and organise online (and were already engaged, networked and organised when it all kicked off in Turkey).

[Arkeoloji bölümü mezunları imza topluyor. Mezun olduktan sonra en fazla istihdam sorunu yaşayan bölümlerden biri olan Edebiyat Arkeoloji Bölümü Mezun ve öğrencileri sahipsizlikten yakınıyor.

Özel sektörde hiçbir şekilde çalışma imkânı olmayan arkeologların tek istihdam kaynağı olan kamu kurumlarında istihdamın artırılmasını talep ediyor.

Çeşitli kamu kurumlarına mailler atarak seslerini duyurmak isteyen arkeolog adayları
http://imzakampanyam.com/Arkeolog-Istihdaminin-Saglanmasi-Ve-Istihdamin-Merkezi-Atama-Usuluyle-Icra-Edilmesi-imza-kampanyasi
adlı internet sitesi aracılığıyla sanal imza topluyor.

Arkeologların çalışma alanının sadece devlet kadrolarında mümkün olduğunu hatırlatan öğrenci ve mezunlar, mağduriyetlerinin giderilmesi için her türlü meşru yolu deneyeceklerini belirtiyorlar.

Çıkış noktaları sosyal medya ve sanal ortam olan arkeolog adayları, sosyal platformlar oluşturarak yıllardır unutulan arkeoloji bölümü istihdam sorununun çözülebilmesi için adımlar atacaklar.]

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Comments
  1. […] in a state where the past is so heavily and dangerously politicised, and archaeologists’ (non-)employment is under government control, their (non-)employment can be a significant political act. The state’s cultural destruction […]

  2. […] They are resisting because their plight has existed for so long that it has become normal and been forgotten. […]

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