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SAR 2018-2019 Resident Scholars and Fall Colloquia

Aug 22, 2018

SAR is pleased to welcome six new resident scholars to our campus for nine months of research, writing, and discussion. Exploring topics that range from folk-border saints to artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled speech analysis technologies, this year’s scholars are set to expand our understanding of cultures and communities. Read on to learn more about their projects and mark your calendars to join us for each scholar’s public colloquium.
Mural in Pilsen, Chicago photographed by Carlos Calvo-Quiros
Scholar colloquia are held on a Wednesdays at noon on SAR’s campus in the Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 505.954.7237.


Introductory Presentations
September 19, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Introductory Presentations by Resident Scholars, Indian Arts Research Center Interns, and the Native artist fellow provide an overview of the research and projects that will be explored while at SAR. Read More


John Arroyo

Assistant Professor in Engaging Diverse Communities, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Latino Studies / Arroyo’s work explores how people of Mexican-origin navigate the challenges of urbanism when settling in places unprepared for seismic population shifts. Read More

Aesthetics and Agency: Mexican Migration and Housing Form and Policy in Suburban Atlanta
October 31, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
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Giovanni Batz

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Miami University

Anne Ray Fellow / Batz focuses on Cotzal, Guatemala, and the arrival of megaprojects known as “new” or “fourth” invasions. Previous invasions include Spanish colonization, nineteenth century creation of plantations, and the Guatemalan civil war (1960–1996). Read More

The Fourth Invasion: Development, Ixil-Maya Resistance, and the Struggle Against Megaprojects in Guatemala
October 24, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
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William A. Calvo-Quiros courtesy of himselfWilliam Calvo-Quiros

Assistant Professor, Department of American Culture and Latino Studies, University of Michigan

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Latino Studies / Calvo-Quiros’ project analyzes the emergence, evolution, and migration of five folk border saints as historical artifacts that embody the struggles of migrating Latinx communities in the last one-hundred years. Read More

“Blessed Amongst Us”: The Politics of Popular Religious Migration
October 10, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
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Mayanthi Fernando

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Weatherhead Fellow / Fernando explores why scholars are more open to accepting mosquitos, mollusks, and mountains rather than angels, djinn, and other spirits as historical actors with whom humans are always in relation. Read More

SuperNatureCulture: Human-Nonhuman Entanglements Beyond the Secular
October 17, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
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Beth Semel by Elena SobrinoBeth Semel

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Weatherhead Fellow / Semel investigates the work of U.S. university-based research teams of psychiatric and engineering professionals collaborating to develop artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled speech analysis technologies, which explore how researchers insist that their technologies can identify signs of mental illness that are otherwise inaudible to humans. Read More

Do Androids Dream of Electric Speech? Listening Practices in Automated Psychiatric Assessment
November 7, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
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Melanie YazzieMelanie Yazzie

Assistant Professor, Department of Native American Studies and the Department of American Studies, University of New Mexico

Katrin H. Lamon Fellow / By examining two biopolitical modalities through which twentieth-century Navajo life has been shaped and contested, Yazzie assesses anti-capitalist decolonization struggles in Diné Bikeyah and beyond. Read More

Resource Extraction and Relational Futures in Diné Bikeyah
October 3, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

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