Advanced Seminars

2010

The Difference Kinship Makes: Rethinking the Ideologies of ModernityMarch 21–25, 2010The Difference Kinship Makes: Rethinking the Ideologies of ModernityCo-chaired by Fenella Cannell, Reader in Social Anthropology, LSE, Department of Social Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science and Susan McKinnon, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of VirginiaThis seminar questioned the distinction between “kin-based” societies and those based on “modern” organization has been fundamental to ideas of contemporary humanity.
Rethinking Race and Science: Biology, Genes, and CultureMay 2–6, 2010Rethinking Race and Science: Biology, Genes, and CultureChaired by John Hartigan, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas, AustinThe research of the biological anthropologists at the seminar looked beyond the realm of genetics to consider biological variation broadly in relation to race.
Indigenous Peoples and Salmon in the Northern PacificMay 15–21, 2010Indigenous Peoples and Salmon in the Northern PacificCo-chaired by Dr. James F. Brooks, President, School for Advanced Research and Dr. Benedict Colombi, Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, University of ArizonaTwo years in the making, the seminar explored how indigenous societies across the northern Pacific Rim—from Sakhalin Island through Alaska and south to the Columbia River—built their distinctive cultures around wild salmon.
Katherine Dunham and the Anthropology of Dance: Theory, Experiment and Social EngagementJune 6–11, 2010Katherine Dunham and the Anthropology of Dance: Theory, Experiment, and Social EngagementChaired by Dr. Elizabeth Chin, Professor, Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice, Occidental College, Los AngelesPerhaps best known as the first African American to found a major modern dance company, Dunham counted Alvin Ailey, Eartha Kitt, and Marlon Brando among her students.
Reassembling the Collection: Indigenous Agency and Ethnographic CollectionsSeptember 26–30, 2010Reassembling the Collection: Indigenous Agency and Ethnographic CollectionsCo-chaired by Sarah Byrne, Production Assistant, Institute of Historical Studies, University of London; Annie Clarke, Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney; Rodney Harrison, Lecturer in Heritage Studies, Faculty of Arts, The Open University, London; and Robin Torrence, Principal Research Scientist, Department of Anthropology, Australian MuseumThe aim of this seminar was to re-configure how Indigenous agency and identity are we conceptualized and interpreted within the formation of ethnographic collection
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