Advanced Seminars


New Geospatial Approaches in AnthropologyMarch 6–10, 2016New Geospatial Approaches in AnthropologyCo-chaired by Robert L. Anemone, Professor and Department Head, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Glenn Conroy, Professor, Departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington UniversityThis seminar brought together a diverse group of anthropologists and remote sensing specialists—including primatologists, paleoanthropologists, behavioral ecologists, cultural geographers, and archaeologists—who are working at the cutting edge of geospatial data collection and analysis to explore tools, techniques, and approaches that can be used in geospatial analysis of these, and related, anthropological subfields.
A World of Walls: Why Are We Building New Barriers to Divide Us?April 17–21, 2016A World of Walls: Why Are We Building New Barriers to Divide Us?Co-chaired by Laura McAtackney, Associate Professor, Department of Sustainable Heritage Management, Aarhus University and Randall H. McGuire, Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology, Binghamton UniversityIn the 21st century, walls appear to supply simple solutions to global problems of violence, human movement and crime. This seminar’s focus on walls offered a materialist emphasis that goes beyond the well-worn terrain of borders by bringing together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to explore key issues that wall construction provokes.
How Nature Works, Advanced SeminarSeptember 25–29, 2016How Nature WorksCo-chaired by Sarah Besky, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology & Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University; Alex Blanchette, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Tufts University; and Naisargi Dave, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of TorontoThis seminar aimed to develop an anthropology of labor that is attuned and accountable to the potentially irreversible effects of climate change, extinction, and deforestation by exploring sites where seemingly “natural” beings have been radically modified by human activity, and seemingly enlisted into diverse work regimens.
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