Anthony Oliver-Smith

2013, October 8–10
Changing the Atmosphere: Anthropological Engagement with Climate ChangeShort SeminarChanging the Atmosphere: Anthropological Engagement with Climate ChangeThis SAR short seminar examined the commonalities and schisms that permeate anthropological approaches to climate change, and looked to the future to configure mutual frontiers of research and engagement.
Development & DispossessionSAR Press PublicationDevelopment & Dispossession: The Crisis of Forced Displacement and ResettlementResettlement has been so poorly planned, financed, implemented, and administered that these projects end up being “development disasters.” Because there can be no return to land submerged under a dam-created lake or to a neighborhood buried under a stadium or throughway, the solutions devised to meet the needs of people displaced by development must be durable. The contributors to this volume analyze the failures of existing resettlement policies and propose just such durable solutions.
2005, September 25–29
Advanced SeminarRethinking Frameworks, Methodologies, and the Role of Anthropology in Development Induced Displacement and Resettlement (DIDR)The World Bank calculates that development projects displace approximately 10 million people a year. Families and communities are displaced by capital-intensive, high-technology, large-scale projects that convert farmlands, fishing grounds, forests, and homes into reservoirs, mining operations, industrial complexes, tourist resorts, and other uses that favor national or global interests. Designed to spur economic growth and spread general welfare, many of these projects leave locals permanently displaced, disempowered, and destitute. The extent to which development can be carried out both ethically, democratically, and effectively was a central concern of this Advanced Seminar.
Community Building in the Twenty-First CenturySAR Press PublicationCommunity Building in the Twenty-First Century“Community” has long been a critical concept for social scientists, and never more so amid the growing economic inequity, natural and human disasters, and warfare of the opening years of the twenty-first century. In this volume, leading scholar-activists develop a conceptual framework for both the theory and practice of building communities.
Catastrophe & CultureSAR Press PublicationCatastrophe & Culture: The Anthropology of DisasterAt a time of increasing globalization and worldwide vulnerability, the study of disasters has become an important focus for anthropological research-one where the four fields of anthropology are synthesized to address the multidimensionality of the effects to a community’s social structures and relationship to the environment.
1997, October 19–23
Advanced SeminarCatastrophe and Culture: The Anthropology of DisasterThis seminar explored the potentials of establishing common ground among the ecological, political economic, and sociocultural forms of disaster analysis and, by doing so, developing a coherent framework for the anthropology of disaster.

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