SARMarch 19–23, 2000The Archaeology of Colonization in Cross-Cultural PerspectiveChaired by Gil J. Stein, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern UniversityThis seminar examined colonization from a cross-cultural perspective. Participants prepared and circulated papers prior to the meeting on topics ranging from European colonial expansion and early Old World colonization efforts (Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Greece, and Rome) to the establishment of foreign enclaves by indigenous New World states, such as Teotihuacan, Wari, Tiwanaku, and Inka....
SARApril 30–May 4, 2000Animation and Cessation: Anthropological Perspectives on Changing Definitions of Life and Death in the Context of BiomedicineCo-chaired by Sarah Franklin, Department of Sociology, Cartmel College, Lancaster University and Margaret Lock, Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill UniversityThis seminar approached the question of life and death as a theoretical and methodological problem, questioning the borders between medical anthropology and other fields of knowledge, such as science studies, cultural studies, and critical theory.....
SAROctober 1–5, 2000Clay Beings: Storytellers and the Reshaping of Ceramic FiguresFacilitated by Nora Naranjo-Morse, Santa Clara“Clay Beings” brought together ten outstanding Native American clay artists for four days of discussion. The topics ranged from the evolution of the storyteller figure to particular artistic techniques, and from marketing concerns to the nurturing of tradition.
SAROctober 15–16, 2000Challenges and Problems Facing University-Based Museums in the New CenturyChaired by Jeremy Sabloff, University of Pennsylvania MuseumThe SAR-sponsored session, organized by Jeremy Sabloff, director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, provided an opportunity for participants to compare issues and discuss possible solutions to the many complex questions facing museums now and in the years ahead.
SAROctober 22–26, 2000Culture Theory and Cross-Cultural Comparison: Maya Culture and History in a Multicultural WorldCo-chaired by Edward F. Fischer, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University and John M. Watanabe, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth CollegeParticipants in the seminar included four scholars of Guatemala, including a prominent Maya scholar-activist, three specialists on Chiapas, and two on the Yucatan. Together they spanned anthropological inquiry in the region from the 1950s to the present. With expertise ranging from Maya linguistics, ritual, and religion, to economics, politics, and history, all participants were fully grounded in long-term, linguistically-informed ethnographic research.
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