Advanced Seminars

2009

The Middle Classes: A Global PerspectiveMarch 28–April 3, 2009The Middle Classes: A Global PerspectiveCo-chaired by Rachel Heiman, Assistant Professor, Bachelor’s Program and Department of Social Sciences, The New School for Social Research and Aihwa Ong, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, BerkeleyThe seminar brought together scholars who were researching the middle classes in a range of nation-states including Nepal, Hungary, Egypt, Austria, China, Barbados, Mexico, and the United States.
Markets and MoralitiesMay 3–7, 2009Markets and MoralitiesCo-chaired by Peter Benson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University and Edward F. Fischer, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt UniversityThis seminar documented how specific moral values are embedded in global economic systems, and it provided ethnographic examinations of how economic systems and institutions touch down in local and national contexts.
Advanced Seminar: Nature, Science, and ReligionAugust 17–21, 2009Nature, Science, and Religion: Intersections Shaping Society and the EnvironmentChaired by Catherine M. Tucker, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University“Does religion shape or affect environmental practice, and if so, how?” Lynn White’s intriguing question, posed initially in a 1967 Science article, sparked this advanced seminar.
Toward a Global Human HistorySeptember 26–October 2, 2009Toward a Global Human History: Agency and the Explanation of Long-Term ChangeCo-chaired by Timothy R. Pauketat, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois and John Robb, Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, Cambridge UniversityWhy do there appear to have been long periods of little change early in human archaeological history? Can we square such explanations with those we use to explain, say, the state?
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