Seminars

2007

SARJanuary 3–5, 2007Religion, Social Conscience, and the Global AgeCo-chaired by James F. Brooks, President, School for Advanced Research and Nicholas Rogers, Professor, Department of History, York University, Toronto, CanadaFor the purpose of honoring the intellectual contributions of Susan L. Foote, former chair of SAR's Board of Managers, this seminar brought participants together to focus on her scholarly interests in eighteenth-century religion and society, particularly evangelicalism, commerce, and philanthropy.
SARJanuary 19–21, 2007Ecologies of HopeChaired by Ravi Rajan, Provost, University of California, Santa CruzInterdisciplinary participants of this seminar came together with data gathered from sundry ethnographic studies conducted around the world in the field of political ecology. These scholars explore the impacts that political and social factors have on environmental issues, and the specific case studies brought to this seminar reflect efforts made to create reform for the disenfranchised at the micro level.
SARJanuary 29–February 1, 2007American Indian Artists in Recovery: The Socioeconomic and Religious Issues Surrounding Art and AddictionFacilitated by Sam English, Anishanabe and Michael Kabotie, HopiAt this groundbreaking seminar, 10 Native artists came together to explore the journey from substance abuse to recovery from addiction and its relationship to both creative processes and broader indigenous issues.
SARFebruary 26–27, 2007The Anthropology of Military and National Security OrganizationsCo-chaired by Laura McNamara, Sandia National Laboratories and Neil L. Whitehead, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, MadisonScholars convened to discuss the role of anthropology within national security organizations. Topics such as the dynamic relationship between anthropology and institutions of power, anthropological theories of violence, the personal politics of anthropologists, and the risks of war versus the benefits of academic knowledge possibly gleaned from war were discussed.
SARMarch 11–15, 2007Putting Aegean States in Context: Interaction in the Eastern Mediterranean and Southeastern Europe during the Bronze AgeCo-chaired by Michael L. Galaty, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Millsaps College and William A. Parkinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Florida State UniversityParticipants of this advanced seminar utilized existing knowledge of the dynamic nature of social interactions among the pre-state and state societies of the Bronze Age Aegean as a vehicle with which to critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of world systems theory, as well as explore alternative theories for understanding social interactions at different geographical and temporal scales.
SARMarch 25–29, 2007Marketing Maria: Creating the LegacyFacilitated by Kathy Whitaker, Director, Indian Arts Research Center, SARThis seminar gathered scholars to discuss the career of San Ildefonso potter Maria Martinez, with particular attention being paid to the politics behind the emphasis on Martinez as a model Pueblo woman rather than exceptionally talented artist.
SARApril 15–19, 2007The Shape of Script: How and Why Writing Systems ChangeChaired by Stephen D. Houston, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Brown UniversityScholars of this advanced seminar met to address the question of what happens to a writing system between the time of its inception and the time of its extinction. Discrediting the notion that a writing system remains static throughout the span of its existence, participating experts in diverse script traditions from around the globe discussed the ways in which various forces, such as generational transfer, aesthetics, and technologies, influence writing systems.
SARJuly 15–19, 2007Archaeology and Public Policy: A New Vision for the FutureCo-chaired by William D. Lipe, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University and Lynne Sebastian, Director, Historic Preservation Programs, SRI InstitutionSince the 1960s, when Congress passed landmark laws providing protection for historic and prehistoric heritage in the United States, the discipline of archaeology has been engaged in serious debate about the goals of cultural resource management. This seminar continued that discussion and ultimately generated consensus on certain areas that need improvement within the profession of archaeology, such as an enhanced emphasis on public interest, heightened professional standards, and shared involvement of entities throughout the archaeological community.
SARSeptember 20–22, 2007Women’s Empowerment for HealthChaired by Melissa Smith, Medical Consultant, Hesperian FoundationThere are many factors jeopardizing women's health around the world, such as inadequate access to food, water, sanitation facilities, and sufficient housing conditions. This seminar brought together six women from various organizations that strive to promote women's health in a global context and within a framework of social justice. Participants constructed a vision for the compilation of valuable information gleaned from experiences working with grassroots groups worldwide.
Energy Development in Indian CountrySeptember 28–29, 2007Energy Development in Indian CountryCo-chaired by Brian W. Frehner, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater and Sherry L. Smith, Associate Director, William P. Clements Center, Southern Methodist UniversityThis seminar addressed the issue of how energy development on current Indian lands in the United States constitutes both exploitation and opportunity. A major theme discussed was tribes' demands to exercise greater sovereignty over their lands and the government's growing support of this, and how renegotiated lease agreements return greater profits to tribes. Consequences to individual health as well as the environment were also discussed.
Pharmaceutical Self and ImaginaryOctober 14–18, 2007Pharmaceutical Self and Imaginary: Studies in Psychopharmacology and GlobalizationChaired by Janis H. Jenkins, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San DiegoParticipants of this advanced seminar discussed the cultural impact of the increasingly widespread usage of psychopharmacological drugs, specifically in light of how the regular usage of such drugs affects what it means to be human.
Art, Gender, and CommunityNovember 15–16, 2007Art, Gender, and CommunityFacilitated by Cynthia Chavez Lamar, IARC Director, School for Advanced ResearchThe Art, Gender, and Community seminar brought together 11 Native women artists in various points of their careers to discuss their own work, issues relating to women in the arts, and the future of Native American art. The seminar culminated in a panel discussion, one-day exhibition, and book.
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