Short Seminars

The short seminar program, with a shorter lead time and gatherings limited to two to three days, serves as a flexible incubator for the exploration of newly emerging trends or burgeoning topics that are creating a buzz. This program accommodates research teams, artists, museum professionals, and applied anthropologists and encourages spontaneity, experimentation, and intensity.

Managing and Mismanaging MigrationAugust 4–5, 2010Managing and Mismanaging Migration: Lessons from Guestworkers’ ExperiencesCo-chaired by Diane Austin, Associate Research Professor, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona and David Griffith, Senior Scientist and Professor, Department of Anthropology and Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, East Carolina UniversityWith over 132,000 guestworkers from a growing proliferation of supplier nations employed in the United States, and with a global debate surrounding legal and undocumented immigration, this seminar will contribute a timely interdisciplinary perspective on the issue of migration.
Historical Ecology in the Pre-Columbian CaribbeanOctober 19–20, 2010Historical Ecology in the Pre-Columbian CaribbeanChaired by Peter Siegel, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Montclair State UniversityParticipants in this seminar are working together to understand the origins and dispersal of agriculture among prehistoric Caribbean societies.
Moccasin Seminar IIOctober 22–23, 2010Moccasin Seminar IIFacilitated by Cynthia Chavez Lamar, IARC Director, School for Advanced ResearchThe moccasin makers convened again to begin discussing plans for the traveling banner exhibit on Southwest American Indian moccasins.
Indigenous Socio-Economic Change, Health, and Well-Being in the AmazonNovember 9–10, 2010Indigenous Socio-Economic Change, Health and Well-Being in the AmazonCo-chaired by Flora Lu, Assistant Professor, Department of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz and Mark Sorensen, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel HillThis collaborative team of US and Ecuadorian researchers is examining the health impacts of market economies on the indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Fiber Perishable Chronologies in the Great Basin of Western North AmericaApril 26–28, 2011Fiber Perishable Chronologies in the Great Basin of Western North AmericaCo-chaired by Pat Barker, Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Nevada State Museum; Catherine S. Fowler, Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada; and Eugene M. Hattori, Curator, Department of Anthropology, Nevada State MuseumAn interdisciplinary team with research interests in the fiber perishable artifacts of the Great Basin met to better establish and understand regional cultural chronologies and their broader implications.
Warfare and the Epidemiological TransitionMay 17–18, 2011Warfare and the Epidemiological TransitionCo-chaired by Charles Cobb, Professor, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of South Carolina and Dawnie Steadman, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Binghamton UniversityThis project aimed to combine archaeological and biological methods to create an epidemiological model of the "topography of warfare" during the Mississippian period in the southeastern United States.
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