Advanced Seminars


Obesity, Upward Mobility, and Symbolic Body Capital in a Rapidly Changing WorldMarch 2–6, 2014Obesity, Upward Mobility, and Symbolic Body Capital in a Rapidly Changing WorldCo-chaired by Eileen Anderson-Fye, Robson Junior Professor, Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University and Alexandra Brewis Slade, Director & President’s Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State UniversityObesity is argued to be one of the most pressing challenges of our time. The goal of this seminar is to address the gaping holes in the anthropology of obesity, and in a way that can create more comprehensive theory of how cultural and human biological variation relate to each other and dynamic social and economic processes.
SARMay 11–15, 2014Costly and Cute: How Helpless Newborns Made Us HumanCo-chaired by Karen R. Rosenberg, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Delaware and Wenda R. Trevathan, Regents Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, New Mexico State University, Las CrucesAmong the biological and behavioral foundations of human-ness is the fact that we give birth to extremely undeveloped and dependent infants that require inordinate investment in time and energy. Participants in this seminar will examine infant helplessness to understand how such a costly pattern of development evolved and what benefits it conferred on humans.