Short Seminars

2008

SARJanuary 24–27, 2008Archaeology and Sustainability—IHOPEChaired by Sander E. Van Der Leeuw, Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State UniversityThis seminar brought together archaeologists and climatologists dedicated to furthering archaeology's contributions to debates over sustainability. The group discussed two projects: one concerning the socio-environmental dynamics of a number of past societies, and another focusing on water as an issue of the past and present.
Modernity and the Voice: Anthropological Histories from Beyond the MetropoleApril 22–23, 2008Modernity and the Voice: Anthropological Histories from Beyond the MetropoleCo-chaired by Charles Briggs, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley and Amanda Weidman, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Bryn Mawr CollegeThis seminar explored the topic of modernity through an examination of voice, with particular attention paid to the roles that voice plays within the realms of political democracy and individual freedom.
SARMay 21–22, 2008Scholar-Practitioners Addressing Global IssuesChaired by Christina Wasson, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of North TexasParticipants of this seminar discussed the theoretical aspects of globalization, particularly in relation to practicing anthropologists who strive to take advantage of the benefits of globalization while downplaying its more adverse effects throughout work settings of both the industrialized and developing world. The importance of incorporating practice into anthropological theory as a whole was also emphasized.
SARJune 25–26, 2008Policy Under the Influence: Addressing Substance Abuse in New MexicoCo-chaired by Nancy Owen Lewis, Director of Scholar Programs, SAR and Cathleen E. Willging, Program Director and Research Scientist, Behavioral Health Research Ctr of the SW, Pacific Institute for Research and EvaluationThis seminar focused on the translation of anthropological research regarding substance abuse in New Mexico into critical policy reform and culturally suitable treatment programs.
Scholars, Security, and CitizenshipJuly 24–25, 2008Scholars, Security, and CitizenshipCo-chaired by Laura McNamara, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Exploratory Simulation Technologies, Sandia National Laboratories and Neil L. Whitehead, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, MadisonParticipants of this seminar addressed the incorporation of anthropological research into national security policymaking, particularly with regard to how understanding specific cultural contexts creates further opportunities for understanding manifestations of worldwide politics. The question of how the personal politics of individual anthropologists can affect the discipline as a whole was also emphasized.
Breathing New Life Into the Evidence of DeathSeptember 11–12, 2008Breathing New Life Into the Evidence of DeathCo-chaired by Aubrey Baadsgaard, Assistant Curator, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Alexis Boutin, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania; and Jane E. Buikstra, Professor of Bioarchaeology, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State UniversityThis seminar gave various bioarchaeologists the opportunity to discuss their most up-to-date methods and theories regarding mortuary evidence.
The Archaeology of Indigenous Resistance to the Spanish ConquestNovember 5–6, 2008The Archaeology of Indigenous Resistance to the Spanish ConquestCo-chaired by Matthew Liebmann, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary and Melissa Scott Murphy, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of WyomingParticipants of this seminar explored various forms of indigenous resistance during the Spanish colonial era through the usage of archaeology.
Taking Action for Women’s Health and Empowerment: A Resource for Community-Based ActivistsDecember 14–17, 2008Taking Action for Women’s Health and Empowerment: A Resource for Community-Based ActivistsCo-chaired by Jane Maxwell and Melissa C. SmithThis short seminar was a follow-up to the conference “Women’s Empowerment for Health,” which took place at SAR in 2007 and brought together women and organizations working with grassroots groups around the world to promote women’s health within a framework of social justice.
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