SARFebruary 16–18, 2005The Archaeology of Ritual, Memory, and MaterialityCo-chaired by Barbara J. Mills, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona and William H. Walker, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, New Mexico State UniversityThis seminar explored innovative methods brought to bear on “purposeful deposits” from activities that arrange or order objects in the archaeological record—for instance, weapons hoards in Europe, dedicatory offerings in Pueblo buildings, and votive deposits in Maya temples.
SARFebruary 23–24, 2005Public EthnographyCo-chaired by Nancy Owen Lewis, Director, Academic Programs, School for Advanced Research and Barbara Tedlock, Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology, State University of New York at BuffaloIn hopes of educating and moving the public to action, “Public Ethnography,” a short seminar chaired by Barbara Tedlock and Nancy Owen Lewis, developed a proposal for a book series on the topic that is “socially grounded and emotionally engaged, participatory, collaborative, and well-written.”
SARMarch 6–10, 2005Toward an Anthropology of DemocracyChaired by Julia Paley, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann ArborFunded in part by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc., the seminar set out to “deepen understanding, reconfigure frameworks, and rewrite the terms of debate” by encouraging scholars to examine the forms democracy takes as it emerges around the world. Through research in Peru, Ecuador, Mozambique, Japan, Guatemala, India, and the U.S., participants focused on how freedom, rights, popular sovereignty, citizenship, rule of law, and political equality are received and executed where cultural roots of these ideas often predate any formal introduction of democracy.
SARMarch 21–23, 2005Native Women’s Cultural MattersChaired by Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne/Muscogee, President and CEO of The Morning Star Institute, Washington, D.C.The participants in this seminar are women of various walks of life and Native nations. They shared their thoughts about the continuation and revitalization of Native women’s ceremonies, repatriation of Native cultural items, protection of Native sacred objects and sacred places, and other cultural matters.
SARMarch 29–30, 2005The Cycles of Social and Environmental Complexity in Lowland Latin AmericaCo-chaired by George J. Gumerman, Interim President, School for Advanced Research and J. Stephen Lansing, Research Professor, Santa Fe InstituteAs part of an ongoing institutional collaboration, SAR interim president George Gumerman co-chaired a March planning seminar with Santa Fe Institute (SFI) research professor J. Stephen Lansing.
SARApril 7, 2005Women and GlobalizationCo-chaired by Mary Anglin, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky and President, Association for Feminist Anthropology; Nandini Gunewardena, Department of Anthropology and International Development Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; and Ann Kingsolver, Department of Anthropology, University of South CarolinaThe participants sought to assess the contributions that feminist anthropology can make toward understanding the process of neoliberal, capitalist globalization.
SARApril 17–21, 2005Ethnography and Policy: What Do We Know About ‘Trafficking’?Chaired by Carole S. Vance, Associate Clinical Professor and Director, Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human RightsBringing together ethnographers and other experts who conducted research in Moldova, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, India, the Philippines, and the U.S., seminar participants examined what is known about human “trafficking.” The word itself is controversial, Vance said, because it incorporates “elements of sexual and non-sexual labor, coercion, abusive conditions of work, migration, global inequality, gender, and sexuality.”
SARJune 12–13, 2005Center for Digital Archaeology IIIChaired by Stephen Plog, Professor of Anthropology, University of Virginia
SARJune 28–30, 2005The Art of the Missions of Northern New SpainChaired by Clara Bargellini, Senior Research Fellow and Professor, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, National University, Mexico City
SARJuly 19–25, 2005Event, Place, and Narrative Craft: Method and Meaning in MicrohistoryCo-chaired by James F. Brooks, President, School for Advanced Research; Christopher R. N. DeCorse, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University; and John Walton, Department of Sociology, University of California-DavisThe research and writing genre known as microhistory provided this seminar a unique forum for cross-disciplinary discussion and experimentation with narrative styles; in locations ranging from West Africa, the Yucatán, medieval Italy, Argentina, and California, to Brazil, Virginia, Spain, and Boston, they showed how “small worlds” may conceal sweeping stories, rich in the details of daily life and capable of yielding unexpected depth of insight.
SARSeptember 25–29, 2005Rethinking Frameworks, Methodologies, and the Role of Anthropology in Development Induced Displacement and Resettlement (DIDR)Chaired by Anthony Oliver-Smith, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of FloridaThe World Bank calculates that development projects displace approximately 10 million people a year. Families and communities are displaced by capital-intensive, high-technology, large-scale projects that convert farmlands, fishing grounds, forests, and homes into reservoirs, mining operations, industrial complexes, tourist resorts, and other uses that favor national or global interests. Designed to spur economic growth and spread general welfare, many of these projects leave locals permanently displaced, disempowered, and destitute. The extent to which development can be carried out both ethically, democratically, and effectively was a central concern of this Advanced Seminar.
SAROctober 26–28, 2005The Politics of Resources and their TemporalitiesCo-chaired by Elizabeth Ferry, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University and Mandana Limbert, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Queens College, City University of New YorkThe relationship between resources and temporalities was examined during this three-day seminar. Participants explored the process by which substances, knowledge, and people come to be defined and understood as resources in particular historical contexts.
SARNovember 3–4, 2005Hunting and Gathering Subsistence Patterns and Climatic Change in the Late PleistoceneCo-chaired by Christopher Boehm, Director, Jane Goodall Research Center, University of Southern California and Peter J. Richerson, Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, DavisFive scholars met for a two-day seminar to assess climatic variability in the late Pleistocene and its impact upon human adaptations, including social organization. To better understand human adaptation during the late Pleistocene, participants reviewed archaeological findings and examined ethnographic and prehistoric hunter-gatherer adaptations.
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