Seminars

The seminars at SAR might best be described as proofing ovens. Proofing, as the term is used by professional bakers, refers to a specific rest period during the baking process when fermentation occurs. This is the step in creating breads and pastries when the yeast is allowed to leaven the dough.

Advanced Seminars
Advanced Seminars
Short Seminars
Short Seminars

Seminarians come to SAR as a mix of ingredients allowed to rest from the demands of everyday life and to focus on their task, thus “leavening the dough” of their research and shaping it into publishable form.

Advanced Seminars

The optimal advanced seminar format consists of ten scholars in residence for a week during which they are fed delicious meals and meet in quiet, comfortable surroundings. They engage in structured discussions and informal brainstorming sessions. This deceptively simple format fosters groundbreaking insights into fundamental questions and encourages scholars with differing perspectives to examine crosscutting themes. Since the inception of this program in 1967, well over two-thirds of the seminars have resulted in published volumes that allow individual papers and the results of the vigorous seminar discussions to be shared with the academic community and the general public.

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 three-day time frame and no set structure, short seminars—which include gatherings for research teams, artists, museum professionals, and applied anthropologists—encourage scholars to experiment with creative formats for intellectual dialogue.

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