Advanced Seminars

2013

Literary AnthropologyApril 21–25, 2013Literary AnthropologyCo-chaired by Stuart McLean, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Global Studies, University of Minnesota and Anand Pandian, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins UniversityThis advanced seminar examined the place of literary craft in contemporary anthropology, focusing attention on forms of transformative encounter provoked by the reading and writing of anthropological literature. The seminar was intended both as a forum for conceptual discussion and as an intensive workshop for the collaborative development of innovative forms of anthropological prose.
21st-Century Hunting and Gathering: Foraging on a Transitional LandscapeMay 5–9, 201321st-Century Hunting and Gathering: Foraging on a Transitional LandscapeCo-chaired by Brian F. Codding, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah and Karen L. Kramer, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of UtahToday's foraging populations live on a transitional landscape, encountering and adapting to external impacts caused by local and global neighbors. This seminar explored answers to the question: Given all of the economic alternatives available to individuals in the 21st century, why do people around the world maintain hunting and gathering life-ways?
Faith-based Charity and the Security StateDecember 8–12, 2013Faith-Based Charity and the Security State: Containing People and Finance in Risk SocietiesChaired by Erica Caple James, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThis advanced seminar explored how faith-based humanitarian activities challenge notions of secularism, as well as conceptions of risk and security, in cross-cultural contexts.
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