Colloquia

Meetings are held at noon in the Boardroom of the SAR Administration Building at 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico unless otherwise specified.

For more information, please contact scholar[at]sarsf.org or call (505) 954-7240.

October 2017
Milena Melo Colloquium
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Life and Death in Everyday Life: Emergency Dialysis for Undocumented Immigrants Milena A. Melo, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, Mississippi State University, and Mellon Resident Scholar, SAR At this politically charged moment in time where the fate of immigrants in the U.S. is unknown, this presentation utilizes ethnography to highlight the drastic health implications and costs for undocumented immigrants who have been intentionally excluded from the healthcare system. This becomes especially critical in cases of life and death, such as emergency dialysis for undocumented immigrants suffering from end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Please register in advance here.
November 2017
Héctor Beltrán Colloquium
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Hacking Imaginaries: Codeworlds and Code Work Across the U.S./México Borderlands Héctor Beltrán, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of California – Berkeley, and Mellon/ACLS Resident Scholar, SAR Drawing on extended ethnographic fieldwork between 2014 and 2016, this talk explores circulating forms of hacking and entrepreneurial development between the U.S. and México. How do young people who participate in these communities learn to fill overarching neoliberal agendas with substance, meaning, and materiality? Beltrán proposes that the emergence of the hacker indexes new ways of organizing and working in contemporary society. Please register in advance here.
Brian Smithson Colloquium
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Piety in Production: Video Film, Religious Improvisation, and Cosmopolitan Ethics in Bénin Brian Smithson, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, and Weatherhead/Charlotte Newcombe Resident Scholar, SAR Drawing upon two years of fieldwork in Southeastern Benin as a researcher, apprentice filmmaker, and amateur actor, Mr. Smithson argues that movie production allows followers of Yorùbá divinities to celebrate indigenous religion and thus speak back from the margins of the two wealthier film industries that surround them: Nigeria’s Nollywood, and the Beninese state’s publicly funded cinema. These productions bring Christians and Muslims together with Yorùbá movie crews creating a forum to negotiate norms of religious interaction, and to assert cultural importance on a global stage. Please register in advance here.

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