Advanced Seminars

2006

SARMarch 12–16, 2006The New Landscapes of InequalityCo-chaired by Jane L. Collins, Professor, Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Micaela di Leonardo, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University; and Brett Williams, Professor, Department of Anthropology, American UniversityHow is neoliberal globalization reconfiguring inequality in the contemporary U.S.? This is the question addressed by ten scholars who gathered at the School for Advanced Research in March 2006. The goals of the Seminar were to explore shifting stratifications by race, class, gender, nationality, and sexual orientation while considering the evolving cultural formations that articulate, rationalize, and protest these shifts, including the new spatial dynamics of American inequality.
SARApril 30–May 4, 2006Cultural Perspectives on Cancer: From Metaphor to AdvocacyCo-chaired by Juliet McMullin, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside and Diane Weiner, California Native American Research Center for HealthFrom expressions such as “the war on cancer” to “poverty as a cancerous blight,” cancer is steeped in metaphors. Anthropologists have spent the last few decades both creating and explicating these metaphors. Their work has examined cancer symbols and etiologies, concepts of risk, prevention and detection, treatment and healing, communication practices, the role of gender, and science's ability to progress in finding cancer genes, to name a few.
Soils, Dryland Agriculture, and Social Complexity in Ancient Hawai’i: A Model System for Human EcodynamicsOctober 29–November 2, 2006Soils, Dryland Agriculture, and Social Complexity in Ancient Hawai’i: A Model System for Human EcodynamicsChaired by Patrick V. Kirch, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
SARDecember 3–7, 2006The Emergence of Leadership: Transitions in Decision Making from Small-Scale to Middle-Range SocietiesCo-chaired by John Kantner, Vice President of Academic and Institutional Advancement, School for Advanced Research and Kevin Vaughn, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Pacific Lutheran University
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