Advanced Seminars


SARMarch 18–22, 2001Law and Empire in the Pacific: Intersections of Culture and LegalityCo-chaired by Donald Brenneis, Department of Anthropology, University of California at Santa Cruz and Sally Engle Merry, Department of Anthropology, Wellesley CollegeThe seminar explored these intersections in a historical and contemporary context through detailed comparisons of Hawai’i and Fiji: two societies that share many features of social composition and historical experience yet differ in their form of legal colonization.....
SARApril 22–26, 2001The State at its Margins: Comparative Ethnographies of the Modern State in Africa, Latin America and South AsiaCo-chaired by Veena Das, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University and Deborah Poole, Department of Anthropology, New School for Social ResearchThis seminar was designed to develop an ethnographic methodology and theoretical apparatus to assess perceptions of power in three regions where both state reform and violence have been particularly dramatic: South Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Understanding how people perceive and experience the agency of the state was a central theme of the seminar. “A driving question for our sessions was—‘how is the state experienced on a daily basis?’” said Deborah Poole.
SAROctober 7–11, 2001Anthropology and Contemporary ImmigrationChaired by Nancy Foner, Department of Anthropology, State University of New York, College at Purchase“Anthropology and Contemporary Immigration,” took place October 7–11, 2001. Chaired by Nancy Foner, the seminar included ten scholars representing cultural, social, urban, medical, psychological, and feminist anthropology. Describing immigration as one of the most pressing contemporary social issues in the United States, Foner stressed the seminar’s focus on evaluating the unique role of anthropology in the emerging interdisciplinary field of immigrant studies.
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