James F. Brooks

2015
Linking the HistoriesSAR Press PublicationLinking the Histories of Slavery: North America and Its Borderlands

This volume has brought together scholars from anthropology, history, psychology, and ethnic studies to share their original research into the lesser known stories of slavery in North America and reveal surprising parallels among slave cultures across the continent.

2013, June 7–8
Comparative Borderlands in Anthropology and HistoryShort SeminarComparative Borderlands in Anthropology and HistoryThis innovative partnership involved collaboration between the Anthropology and History departments at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and SAR. Over the course of the 2012-13 academic year, five doctoral students from anthropology and five from history worked closely with the department chairs, archaeologist Stuart Smith and historian Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, and SAR president James F. Brooks, to develop in-depth research papers in particular areas of borderland studies.
2012, October 12–13
Uniting the Histories of Slavery in North AmericaShort SeminarUniting the Histories of Slavery in North AmericaThis seminar brought together specialists in history, anthropology, folklore, and psychology to provide a broader understanding to an array of local and regional studies of new forms of bondage—in the past and today—that take us beyond the well-known studies of slavery in the east.
2012
Keystone NationsSAR Press PublicationKeystone Nations: Indigenous Peoples and Salmon across the North PacificThe histories and futures of Indigenous peoples and salmon are inextricably bound across the vast ocean expanse and rugged coastlines of the North Pacific. Keystone Nations addresses this enmeshment and the marriage of the biological and social sciences that have led to the research discussed in this book.
2010, May 15–21
Indigenous Peoples and Salmon in the Northern PacificAdvanced SeminarIndigenous Peoples and Salmon in the Northern PacificTwo years in the making, the seminar explored how indigenous societies across the northern Pacific Rim—from Sakhalin Island through Alaska and south to the Columbia River—built their distinctive cultures around wild salmon.
2008
Small WorldsSAR Press PublicationSmall Worlds: Method, Meaning, & Narrative in MicrohistoryGrowing unease with grand theories of modernization and global integration brought twelve scholars from four disciplines to the School for Advanced Research for an experiment with the research genre known as microhistory. These authors now call for a return to narrative, detailed analysis on a small scale, and the search for unforeseen meanings embedded in cases.
2007, January 3–5
Short SeminarReligion, Social Conscience, and the Global AgeFor the purpose of honoring the intellectual contributions of Susan L. Foote, former chair of SAR's Board of Managers, this seminar brought participants together to focus on her scholarly interests in eighteenth-century religion and society, particularly evangelicalism, commerce, and philanthropy.
2005, July 19–25
Short SeminarEvent, Place, and Narrative Craft: Method and Meaning in MicrohistoryThe research and writing genre known as microhistory provided this seminar a unique forum for cross-disciplinary discussion and experimentation with narrative styles; in locations ranging from West Africa, the Yucatán, medieval Italy, Argentina, and California, to Brazil, Virginia, Spain, and Boston, they showed how “small worlds” may conceal sweeping stories, rich in the details of daily life and capable of yielding unexpected depth of insight.
2001
School for Advanced Research Summer ScholarNations, Tribes, and Colours: Borderland Peoples and a History for the Twenty-First Century
2000–2001
National Endowment for the Humanities Resident ScholarNations, Tribes, and Colours: Borderland Peoples and a History for the Twenty-first Century


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