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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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