Aboriginal Tourism: Prospects for the Development of Diverse and Sustainable Indigenous Enterprises in the AmericasApril 4–6, 2017Aboriginal Tourism: Prospects for the Development of Diverse and Sustainable Indigenous Enterprises in the Americas Research Team SeminarCo-chaired by Bernardo Peredo, Honorary Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University Centre for the Environment and Thomas Thornton, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University Centre for the EnvironmentThe emergence of ecotourism in developing countries in past decades has raised hopes of integrating sustainable development of local communities with environmental conservation. Too often synergies between ecotourism, local development, culture and nature conservation are not achieved because indigenous communities are not involved. This seminar will examine best practices from aboriginal tourism ventures that have evolved in bioculturally distinctive parts of the Americas and will analyze challenges that indigenous ventures face, thus contributing to a practical understanding of aboriginal tourism in the Americas today, and to abstracting relevant lessons for its future.
Exploring the Religious Experiences of Ancient CitiesApril 25–27, 2017Exploring the Religious Experiences of Ancient CitiesCo-chaired by Susan M. Alt, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University and Timothy R. Pauketat, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of IllinoisScholars’ understanding of religion has changed significantly in the last 15 years, becoming more relational, spiritual, and ontological—i.e., people live religion rather than “believe” it. The archaeology of cities has matured as well, with a wealth of new data on the diverse forms that fall under this rubric. For both of these reasons, the participants of this seminar believe that the time has come for a major rethinking of the causal relationships between early urbanism and religion.
Archaeologies of EmpireMay 7–11, 2017Archaeologies of EmpireCo-chaired by Anna Boozer, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Baruch College, CUNY; Bleda Düring, Associate Professor, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, The Netherlands; and Bradley J. Parker, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of UtahThis seminar brings together a new generation of scholars to explore the ways in which archaeological methodologies reveal the diverse, multifaceted, complex polities we call empires.
SAROctober 31–November 2, 2017Open Property Regimes as Complex Adaptive SystemsChaired by Mark Moritz, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Ohio State UniversityThe goal of the research team seminar is to develop a theoretical model of property regimes as complex adaptive systems. The project builds on a NSF-funded project that showed how pastoralists’ management of common-pool grazing resources works as a self-organizing complex adaptive system in the Logone Floodplain in Cameroon. There are indications that other social-ecological systems, notably fisheries and foraging societies, also have property regimes that work as complex adaptive systems. The research team seminar will bring together scholars of different social-ecological systems to explore the similarities and differences across these cases and develop a general theoretical model that helps us understand what makes them more or less resilient.
SARNovember 14–16, 2017Epistemic Colonialism: Indigenous Communities, Archaeology, and Evidence in the AmericasCo-chaired by Katherine Howlett Hayes, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Chair of the American Indian Studies Department, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Tsim D. Schneider, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa CruzArchaeologies of colonialism increasingly seek to counteract traditional views of the plight of Indigenous populations and the systematic erasure of peoples, sites, and cultures from the land, from public memory, and within the conventional writing of history. For archaeologists, countering narratives of indigenous loss often requires gathering evidence to demonstrate resiliency, even as many present-day Indigenous communities doubt the very premise of that loss. Building on a successful two-part session at the 2016 AAA conference, this seminar will assemble a group of scholars who seek to broaden our understanding of “evidence.” What constitutes evidence, what does evidence count for, and how might evidence be colonial? Seminar participants will explore the conceptualization, collection, study, and interpretation of evidence in American archaeology, particularly as evidence intersects with themes of lived heritage and community, multiple ways of seeing, place and landscape, and new theoretical frames of reference.
SARNovember 15–February 1, 2018SAR Advanced Seminar: Women and Development in the Global South With funding from the Vera R. Campbell Foundation, the Women in the Developing World Advanced Seminar convenes a group of scholars for a five-day seminar that focuses on the circumstances of women in the developing world and offers paths to concrete, practical strategies for improving their health, prosperity, and general well-being. NOTE: The February 2018 date for this seminar is the deadline for applications. The seminar will be scheduled once the selection is made by the review committee.
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