Advanced Seminars


SARMarch 11–15, 2007Putting Aegean States in Context: Interaction in the Eastern Mediterranean and Southeastern Europe during the Bronze AgeCo-chaired by Michael L. Galaty, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Millsaps College and William A. Parkinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Florida State UniversityParticipants of this advanced seminar utilized existing knowledge of the dynamic nature of social interactions among the pre-state and state societies of the Bronze Age Aegean as a vehicle with which to critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of world systems theory, as well as explore alternative theories for understanding social interactions at different geographical and temporal scales.
SARApril 15–19, 2007The Shape of Script: How and Why Writing Systems ChangeChaired by Stephen D. Houston, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Brown UniversityScholars of this advanced seminar met to address the question of what happens to a writing system between the time of its inception and the time of its extinction. Discrediting the notion that a writing system remains static throughout the span of its existence, participating experts in diverse script traditions from around the globe discussed the ways in which various forces, such as generational transfer, aesthetics, and technologies, influence writing systems.
SARJuly 15–19, 2007Archaeology and Public Policy: A New Vision for the FutureCo-chaired by William D. Lipe, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University and Lynne Sebastian, Director, Historic Preservation Programs, SRI InstitutionSince the 1960s, when Congress passed landmark laws providing protection for historic and prehistoric heritage in the United States, the discipline of archaeology has been engaged in serious debate about the goals of cultural resource management. This seminar continued that discussion and ultimately generated consensus on certain areas that need improvement within the profession of archaeology, such as an enhanced emphasis on public interest, heightened professional standards, and shared involvement of entities throughout the archaeological community.
Pharmaceutical Self and ImaginaryOctober 14–18, 2007Pharmaceutical Self and Imaginary: Studies in Psychopharmacology and GlobalizationChaired by Janis H. Jenkins, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San DiegoParticipants of this advanced seminar discussed the cultural impact of the increasingly widespread usage of psychopharmacological drugs, specifically in light of how the regular usage of such drugs affects what it means to be human.
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