Seminars

2017

SARMarch 15, 2017SAR 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 March 2017 date for this seminar is the deadline for applications. The seminar will be scheduled once the selection is made by the review committee.
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.
SARApril 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 Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignScholars’ 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.
SARMay 7–11, 2017Archaeologies of EmpireCo-chaired by Anna Boozer, Assistant Professor of Roman Archaeology, Department of History, City University of New York; Bleda Düring, Associate Professor, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University; and Bradley J. Parker, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, 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.
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