SARFebruary 11–15, 2018Designs and AnthropologiesCo-chaired by Keith Murphy, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine and Eitan Wilf, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University, JerusalemThe seminar will assemble a group of scholars whose work critically engages one or more of the following configurations: anthropology for design, in which anthropological methods and concepts are mobilized in the design process; anthropology of design, in which design is positioned as an object of ethnographic inquiry; and design for anthropology, in which anthropologists borrow concepts and methods from design to enhance traditional ethnographic forms.
SARApril 3–5, 2018The Evolution of Syphilis: A New Approach to an Old DebateCo-chaired by Brenda Baker, Associate Professor of Anthropology, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University and Gillian Crane-Kramer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, SUNY PlattsburgThe origin of syphilis has been heatedly debated for more than five centuries, ignited by the perception that a new disease appeared in Europe in the late 15th century. Questions concerning the spread of the infections and their emergence in different parts of the world remain controversial. This seminar brings together a research team to explore new ways to resolve this debate, including systematic study of poorly investigated regions of the Old World, addressing difficulties with DNA analyses and radiocarbon dating, and better understanding the protean nature of treponemal infection in present and past forms.
SARSeptember 23–27, 2018Death Culture in the 21st CenturyCo-chaired by Shannon Lee Dawdy, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago and Tamara E. Kneese, Lecturer, Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies, UC DavisHow is the experience of death and mourning changing under conditions of growing religious plurality and secularization, technological mediation, and globalization? Cultures throughout history have deployed different media and objects to communicate with and remember the dead -- from heirlooms, inscription, mementos, music, clothing, and architecture to photography, telegraphy, television, and the internet. This seminar addresses how the dead continue to shape the world around us through these forms -- and, most importantly, how and why that assemblage is changing.
SAROctober 14–18, 2018Marital Rape in Global Context: Social Suffering, Adverse Health Consequences, and Culturally Sensitive Intervention Co-chaired by M. Gabriela Torres, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Wheaton College and Kersti A. Yllö, Emerita Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Wheaton CollegeThis Seminar will address the global pandemic of rape in marriage and develop promising practical interventions informed by anthropological research. Recent collaborative international research demonstrates that women in widely divergent social contexts experience forced sex in their marital and cohabiting relationships as social suffering with significant negative emotional and physical health consequences. Anthropology’s deep knowledge of local cultures is now beginning to infuse gender-based violence work in other disciplines such as sociology, legal studies, human rights and public health. This seminar aims to build on and expand this interdisciplinary cross-fertilization by focusing on four key areas of intervention: (1) human rights/legal systems, (2) global public health, (3) transitions in kinship and education, and (4) cultural contradictions and local collaboration.
SARNovember 13–14, 2018 Keywords for an Indigenized Sound StudiesCo-chaired by Jessica Bissett Perea, Assistant Professor, Native American Studies, UC Davis and Trevor G. Reed, JD/PhD Candidate, Columbia Law School/Music Department, Columbia GSAS, Columbia University Music and sound are vital to understanding contemporary indigeneity and indigenous contributions to our world. From performances of ceremonial song and hip hop in indigenous community building efforts to recent uses of long-range acoustic weapons against indigenous activists, music and sound are playing major roles in social, economic, and environmental transformations. And yet, doing research at the juncture of music/sound and indigeneity can pose significant technical, theoretical, and political challenges. Fortunately, a growing engagement with music and sound as sites of anti-colonial resistance in Indigenous Studies scholarship, and recent calls to decolonize music/sound studies (#AMSsowhite), have catalyzed debates around difference, power, colonization, and representation within sound-based disciplines. To further this interdisciplinary movement, Keywords for an Indigenized Sound Studies, seeks to offer methodological and theoretical entry points for decolonizing work both within and across these disciplines.
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