IHOPE–Maya: Tropical Sustainability from an Ancient ContextJanuary 15–17, 2009IHOPE–Maya: Tropical Sustainability from an Ancient ContextChaired by Vernon L. Scarborough, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of CincinnatiTen archaeologists interested in semitropical ecosystems and working primarily in the Maya Lowlands gathered to discuss what their data sets can tell us about the impact that early civilization had on the biophysical environment, as well as how such information can grant useful knowledge to humans living on an overexploited planet today.
Moccasin SeminarFebruary 20–21, 2009Moccasin SeminarFacilitated by Cynthia Chavez Lamar, IARC Director, School for Advanced ResearchThe moccasin documentation seminar brought together Navajo, Pueblo, and Apache moccasin makers to discuss the IARC moccasin collection and learn from each other.
The Middle Classes: A Global PerspectiveMarch 28–April 3, 2009The Middle Classes: A Global PerspectiveCo-chaired by Rachel Heiman, Assistant Professor, Bachelor’s Program and Department of Social Sciences, The New School for Social Research and Aihwa Ong, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, BerkeleyThe seminar brought together scholars who were researching the middle classes in a range of nation-states including Nepal, Hungary, Egypt, Austria, China, Barbados, Mexico, and the United States.
Markets and MoralitiesMay 3–7, 2009Markets and MoralitiesCo-chaired by Peter Benson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University and Edward F. Fischer, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt UniversityThis seminar documented how specific moral values are embedded in global economic systems, and it provided ethnographic examinations of how economic systems and institutions touch down in local and national contexts.
Textile SeminarJune 5–6, 2009Textile SeminarFacilitated by Elysia Poon, IARC Program Coordinator, School for Advanced ResearchThe Navajo textile documentation seminar brought members of the Navajo Nation and IARC staff members together to learn more about each other and 15 weavings in the IARC textile collection.
Advanced Seminar: Nature, Science, and ReligionAugust 17–21, 2009Nature, Science, and Religion: Intersections Shaping Society and the EnvironmentChaired by Catherine M. Tucker, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University“Does religion shape or affect environmental practice, and if so, how?” Lynn White’s intriguing question, posed initially in a 1967 Science article, sparked this advanced seminar.
Toward a Global Human HistorySeptember 26–October 2, 2009Toward a Global Human History: Agency and the Explanation of Long-Term ChangeCo-chaired by Timothy R. Pauketat, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois and John Robb, Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, Cambridge UniversityWhy do there appear to have been long periods of little change early in human archaeological history? Can we square such explanations with those we use to explain, say, the state?
Joara and Fort San JuanOctober 14–15, 2009Joara and Fort San Juan: Colonialism and Household Practice at the Berry Site, North CarolinaChaired by Robin Beck, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of OklahomaThis seminar convened seven archaeologists who are participating in National Science Foundation-supported research at the Berry site in North Carolina, the earliest European settlement in the interior of what is now the United States.
Indian SubjectsOctober 28–29, 2009Indian Subjects: New Directions in the History of Indigenous EducationCo-chaired by Brenda Child, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Minnesota and Brian R. Klopotek, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies Program, University of OregonThis seminar brought together participants working on the next wave of scholarship in the history of indigenous education. One of the central tenets of the seminar is that multi-sited, multi-scaled, and comparative research will reveal an entirely new understanding of the field.
IARC Seminar: Essential AestheticsNovember 16–20, 2009Essential Aesthetics: An Exploration of Contemporary Indigenous Art and IdentityFacilitated by Mario A. Caro, Lecturer, College of Staten Island, The City University of New YorkThis seminar brought together scholars and artists to investigate the intersections between approaches to Indigeneity that emphasize an anti-essentialist analysis and those that rely on more traditional ideas of identity as tied to land, language, history, and community.
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