Applied Anthropology Seminars

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Seminarians in the Courtyard of the Seminar HouseSeminarians in the Courtyard of the Seminar HouseAdvanced Seminar Co-chaired by Adeline Masquelier, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University and Benjamin F. Soares, Senior Research Fellow, Afrika-Studiecentrum, Leiden, April 3–7, 2011.
Seminarians in the Courtyard of the Seminar House
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Seminarians in the Seminar House
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In July 2000, SAR partnered with the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) to conduct a short seminar on Community Building in the 21st Century. The goal of the seminar was to organize a plenary session for the 2001 SfAA meetings in Merida, Mexico, and to prepare a book-length manuscript for publication by SAR Press in its Advanced Seminar Series. Since that date, seminars resulting in plenary sessions and publications have been conducted every other year at SAR. Previous topics have included Globalization, Water, and Health; Repatriation as a Force of Change in Contemporary Anthropology; Global Health in the Time of Violence; Scholars, Security, and Citizenship; and Managing and Mismanaging Migration: Lessons from Guestworkers’ Experiences.

Program Description

The School sponsors a two-day seminar every other year to provide anthropologists and scholars from related disciplines with the opportunity to address critical human problems and social issues through the application of anthropological insights and methods. The goal of the seminar is twofold: 1) to organize a plenary session at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology and 2) to prepare papers for an edited volume to be submitted to SAR Press for possible publication in its Advanced Seminar Series.

The applied seminar selection process is guided by the School’s longstanding commitment to support research that advances knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression. SAR views its mission, its scholars, and its attractive campus environment as the connective tissue that supports the kinds of research that underlie its national reputation.

Competitive proposals have a strong empirical dimension, meaning that they address the facts of human life on the ground. They also situate the proposed research within a specific cultural or historical context and engage a broad scholarly literature. Applicants should make a convincing case for the intellectual significance of their projects and their potential contribution to a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Each Applied Anthropology Seminar consists of 10 scholars—including one or two who serve as chair/s—who meet at SAR’s Santa Fe campus for two days. Each participant is expected to contribute a paper, which will be discussed during the two-day session in preparation for the SfAA plenary session and manuscript to be submitted to SAR Press. Following the seminar, the chair is required to submit a 1,500-word summary for use on the School’s web site and annual review.

Seminars are held in the School’s comfortable and fully staffed seminar house, which has a meeting room, dining room, kitchen, private bedrooms for participants, and a pleasant courtyard. Every effort is made to create an atmosphere in which participants can meet without interruption or distraction.

The School provides round-trip coach airfare, lodging, and all meals for up to ten participants for the two-day seminar. Travel costs are reimbursed at a rate of $600 per participant for domestic travel. SAR will reimburse travel costs for two international participants at a rate of $1,200 each. Participants will be responsible for expenses incurred in attending the plenary session at the SfAA meetings.

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