SARMarch 21–25, 1999Local Perspectives on Military Reorganization, Economic Restructuring and Daily LifeCo-chaired by Lesley Gill, Department of Anthropology, American University and Linda Green, Department of Anthropology, Columbia UniversityThe theme of this advanced seminar, “Local Perspectives on Military Reorganization, Economic Restructuring and Everyday Life” emerged over a conversation between co-chairs Linda Green and Lesley Gill concerning the transition of countries moving from brutal dictatorships, civil wars, and military repression to democracy, free market policy, and popular elections....
SARApril 10–16, 1999From Africa to the Americas: New Directions in Afro-American AnthropologyChaired by Kevin A. Yelvington, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida“The study of the African diaspora begins with an enigma,” said Kevin Yelvington, chair of this year’s advanced seminar on From Africa to the Americas: New Directions in Afro-American Anthropology. “The transatlantic slave trade was an unprecedented and unparalleled migration of people, linked to a confluence of political, economic, and historical events different from other fields of anthropology.” To forge new directions in this field, contemporary investigations into the nature of African-derived cultures in the New World must be located within that context, and take into consideration the traditional concerns of scholarship on the African diaspora.
SARSeptember 26–30, 1999Changing Perspectives on Tikal and the Development of Ancient Maya CivilizationChaired by Jeremy A. Sabloff, University of Pennsylvania MuseumThe Advanced Seminar participants included eight scholars who worked at Tikal during the 1950s and 1960s. Of particular value was the sharing of new information about Tikal that has emerged since the close of the fieldwork there. Thirty years represents a relatively short a period of time, but, said seminar chair Jeremy Sabloff, “for Maya studies, it is like an eternity.”
SARNovember 1–5, 1999Katsina CarversFacilitated by Barton Wright, Research Associate, Indian Arts Research Center“Katsina Carvers” focused on traditional Hopi katsina carving.
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