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.
Global Health in the Time of ViolenceOctober 5–6, 2006Global Health in the Time of ViolenceCo-chaired by Paul Farmer, The Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Social Medicine, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University; and Linda M. Whiteford, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of South FloridaOver two days in October 2006, a group of medical anthropologists meeting at SAR discussed meanings of global health, manifestations of violence, and the ways health is affected by violence. “We addressed global forces, many of them shaped by neoliberal policies that create conditions of profound inequity, which in turn foster and sustain violence—whether physical, political, symbolic, or the structural violence of poverty, racism, and other forms of injustice and inequality,” reported organizers Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Linda Whiteford, and Paul Farmer, the 2006 J. I. Staley Prize winner.
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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