Short Seminars

The Short Seminar Program brings together scholars for intense gatherings that differ from the lengthier advanced seminars in their experimentation and spontaneity. With a two- to three-day time frame and no set structure, the Short Seminar Program—which includes gatherings for research teams, artists, museum professionals, and applied anthropologists—encourages scholars to experiment with creative formats for intellectual dialogue.

Joara and Fort San JuanOctober 14–15, 2009Joara and Fort San Juan: Colonialism and Household Practice at the Berry Site, North CarolinaChaired by Robin Beck, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of OklahomaThis seminar convened seven archaeologists who are participating in National Science Foundation-supported research at the Berry site in North Carolina, the earliest European settlement in the interior of what is now the United States.
Indian SubjectsOctober 28–29, 2009Indian Subjects: New Directions in the History of Indigenous EducationCo-chaired by Brenda Child, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Minnesota and Brian R. Klopotek, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies Program, University of OregonThis seminar brought together participants working on the next wave of scholarship in the history of indigenous education. One of the central tenets of the seminar is that multi-sited, multi-scaled, and comparative research will reveal an entirely new understanding of the field.
IARC Seminar: Essential AestheticsNovember 16–20, 2009Essential Aesthetics: An Exploration of Contemporary Indigenous Art and IdentityFacilitated by Mario A. Caro, Lecturer, College of Staten Island, The City University of New YorkThis seminar brought together scholars and artists to investigate the intersections between approaches to Indigeneity that emphasize an anti-essentialist analysis and those that rely on more traditional ideas of identity as tied to land, language, history, and community.
The Shala Valley Project, Northern AlbaniaFebruary 24–25, 2010The Shala Valley Project, Northern Albania: Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Isolation and InteractionChaired by Michael L. Galaty, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Millsaps CollegeThe international and interdisciplinary Shala Valley Project is investigating culture change in the frontier zone of northern Albania as an example of a resilient socio-ecological system.
New Archaeological Research at Pueblo BonitoMarch 10–11, 2010New Archaeological Research at Pueblo Bonito: Reopening National Geographic Society ExcavationsCo-chaired by Patricia L. Crown, Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico and W. H. Wills, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of New MexicoThis National Science Foundation team short seminar supported the synthesis of two separately funded research projects involving the archaeological record at Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.
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