21st Century Hunting and Gathering

Advanced Seminar Co-chairs Brian F. Codding, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, and Karen L. Kramer, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Karen L. Kramer during a colloquium presentationKaren L. Kramer during a colloquium presentation21st Century Hunting and Gathering, photograph by Jason S. OrdazKaren L. Kramer during a colloquium presentation21st Century Hunting and Gathering, photograph by Jason S. Ordaz

Today’s foraging populations exist on a transitional landscape, encountering and adapting to external impacts caused by local and global neighbors. Contemporary hunter-gatherer research often deemphasizes these interactions, instead focusing on internal dynamics of hunter-gatherer lifeways. In an attempt to provide a broader picture of hunter-gatherers today, Codding and Kramer have assembled a group of scholars who directly examine the impacts of these interactions and how they affect the daily decisions of foragers. In this talk, the seminar organizers provide a brief review of hunter-gatherer studies, discuss results emerging from contemporary research, and provide a preliminary framework aimed at understanding contemporary life in hunter-gatherer societies and how individuals are adapting to changes in the twenty-first century.

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