Advanced Seminars

2008

Between Politics and Ethics: The Anthropology of Global HumanitarianismMarch 9–13, 2008Between Politics and Ethics: The Anthropology of Global HumanitarianismCo-chaired by Erica Bornstein, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Peter Redfield, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel HillFour themes guided this seminar—anthropology’s engagement with humanitarianism, religious and secular cosmologies, political limits, and stakes of intervention—with a special focus on the relationship between humanitarianism and war and the emotional and physical dimensions of humanitarianism.
Images without BordersMay 4–8, 2008Images without BordersCo-chaired by Patricia Spyer, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Leiden University and Mary M. Steedly, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard UniversityThis advanced seminar examined the relation between images and publics in the fluid and deeply saturated ‘mediascapes’ of contemporary global society.
SARSeptember 27–October 3, 2008Colonial and Postcolonial Change in Mesoamerica: Archaeology as Historical AnthropologyCo-chaired by Rani T. Alexander, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, New Mexico State University and Susan Kepecs, Honorary Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, MadisonScholars of this advanced seminar examined the transition of pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica into modern-day Mexico and Central America by utilizing archaeological evidence that sheds light onto aspects of Native society that remain otherwise obscure when viewed solely through a traditional historic lens.
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