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Oct
17
Wed
2018
SuperNatureCulture: Human/Nonhuman Entanglements beyond the Secular @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Mayanthi Fernando, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California – Santa Cruz, and Weatherhead Resident Scholar, SAR

Mayanthi Fernando

Mayanthi Fernando courtesy of UC – Santa Cruz

Why are scholars 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? How does secular knowledge focusing on “the real,” that which is material and visible, make it difficult to think of “the supernatural” as part of nature and culture? And how might we re-entangle the supernatural with the human and the natural? This exploratory talk examines how and why multispecies and post-humanist scholarship expands definitions of being yet restricts other-than-humans to entities that have been understood as part of “the natural.” Reading against the grain and alongside traditions like the Islamic sciences of the unseen, Mayanthi Fernando argues that recent trends in post-humanist scholarship offer epistemological horizons beyond those of secular materialism.

This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will take place in the Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom on the SAR campus. Advanced registration is encouraged.

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Oct
18
Thu
2018
Advanced Seminar Panel Discussion Marital Rape in Global Context @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Oct 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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In “Marital Rape in Global Context,” members of a 2018 advanced seminar, funded by the Vera R. Campbell Foundation, will present a panel discussion on their work. This new work, developed during a week of intense collaboration on SAR’s campus, explores groundbreaking practical strategies for enhancing women’s health and well-being.

Collaborative international research on rape within marriage demonstrates that women in widely divergent cultural and social contexts experience forced sex in their marital and cohabiting relationships as a form of social suffering with significant negative emotional and physical consequences that directly undermine their ability to live a good life. Deep knowledge of local cultures, as well as anthropology’s analysis of gender, kinship, consent, violence, and the state, is now beginning to inform gender-based violence work in disciplines such as sociology, legal studies, human rights, and public health.

Panelists will present the evolution of their ongoing research that began with the first scholarly examination of the global pandemic of rape in marriage: Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage and Social Change in Global Context (Oxford, 2016). The panel will be led by seminar chairs M. Gabriela Torres, Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Wheaton College, and Kersti A. Yllö, Emerita Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Wheaton College. Panelists will be Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Ph.D., Professor of African and Gender Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra; Jacquelyn Campbell, Ph.D. Nursing, R.N.,  Anna Wolf Chair in Community-Public Health, Johns Hopkins University; and, Henriette Jansen, Ph.D. MSc, Researcher at UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Region

A reception with light refreshments will be held following the discussion.

This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will take place in the Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom on the SAR campus. Advanced registration is encouraged.

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Oct
24
Wed
2018
The Fourth Invasion: Development, Ixil-Maya Resistance, and the Struggle against Megaprojects in Guatemala @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Giovanni Batz, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Miami University

Giovanni Batz

Giovanni Batz by Monika Banach

Along with the global demand for natural resources and the influence of neoliberalism, foreign companies that produce energy and sponsor extra-activist industries in Latin America continue to grow. State officials, the private sector, and other supporters of megaprojects argue that these initiatives foster development, employment, and living conditions, as well as creating clean and renewable sources of energy. Yet many indigenous communities, human rights organizations, and other opponents claim that these industries do not further development and instead contribute to communal divisions, environmental degradation, human rights violations, and militarization. In Cotzal, Guatemala, the arrival of several megaprojects has been referred to as the “new” or “fourth” invasion—the three previous invasions being Spanish colonization, the creation of plantations at the end of the nineteenth century, and the Guatemalan civil war (1960–1996). In this presentation, Giovanni Batz will provide a historical account of these “four invasions” with an emphasis on the conflict surrounding the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Cotzal.

This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will take place in the Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom on the SAR campus. Advanced registration is encouraged.

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Oct
31
Wed
2018
Aesthetics and Agency: Mexican Migration and Housing Form and Policy in Suburban Atlanta @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Oct 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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John Arroyo, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John Arroyo

John Arroyo by KCET Departures

Where Mexican immigrants live in the United States plays a critical role in how they adapt to their host society—and how their host society reacts to their presence in a physical context. Over the past twenty years, the mobility patterns of surging Mexican populations across Georgia have had a major influence on suburban space. Based on two years of ethnographic research, John Arroyo examines how fear, invisibility, and agency manifest across the residential built environments of newly Mexican areas of greater Atlanta and explores how Mexican-origin people either adapted to or reshaped suburban housing at various scales. Additionally, he shows how the spatial ideals of Latino urbanism foment reactionary land use and zoning policies throughout small suburban municipalities on Atlanta’s periphery. In a twenty-first-century America defined by exponential Latino-community growth, this emergent case study illustrates how Mexican-origin populations navigate the challenges of urbanism when settling in places unprepared for seismic population shifts.

This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will take place in the Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom on the SAR campus. Advanced registration is encouraged.

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Nov
7
Wed
2018
Do Androids Dream of Electric Speech? Listening Practices in Automated Psychiatric Assessment @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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

Beth Semel by Elena Sobrino

Beth Semel by Elena Sobrino

What does it mean for machines to listen? What kind of listeners do the people who build artificial intelligence–enabled machines train them to be? After all, Amazon’s Alexa is only “listening” in the same way that she is a “she.” Drawing from extended ethnographic fieldwork with psychiatric and engineering professionals in the United States, Beth Semel argues that the concept of machine listening is both a powerful and strategically vague analogy that articulates taken-for-granted assumptions about human listening and the speaking subject. While listening technologies are central to contemporary debates about ethics and automation, Semel’s examination of the behind-the-screen labor through which a set of such technologies is assembled reveals their entanglement with deeper histories and political economies of engineering, speech science, and care work in the United States.

This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will take place in the Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom on the SAR campus. Advanced registration is encouraged.

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