Advanced Seminars

2014

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 UniversityThis advanced seminar explored the work of diverse scholars within and beyond anthropology that addresses the iterative relationships between changing physical bodies, shifting body norms, and local economic, ecological, and developmental transitions cross-culturally.
Costly and Cute: How Helpless Newborns Made Us HumanMay 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 CrucesParticipants in this seminar examined infant helplessness from biological, cultural, cognitive, behavioral, obstetrical, and pediatric points of view to understand how such a costly pattern of development evolved and what benefits it conferred on humans.
The Promise Of InfrastructureNovember 2–6, 2014The Promise of InfrastructureCo-chaired by Nikhil S. Anand, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Society, University of Minnesota; Hannah C. Appel, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles; and Akhil Gupta, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los AngelesThis seminar will draw on ethnographic research to theorize infrastructure as cultural forms and materializations of certain ideas of order and social inequality in cross cultural contexts.