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The School for Advanced Research is one of North America’s preeminent independent institutes for the study of anthropology, related social sciences, and humanities. SAR is home to the Indian Arts Research Center, one of the nation’s most important Southwest Native American art research collections. Through scholar residencies, artist fellowships, SAR Press, and public programs, SAR advances our understanding of humankind in an increasingly interconnected world.
2019 J. I. Staley Prize Winner – Government of Paper: The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistan
Cities are shaped as much by paper and rubber stamps as they are by bricks and mortar, argues Matthew Hull in Government of Paper. By tracing the unexpected ways in which documents travel, he exposes the secret life of paper that profoundly shapes the built landscape of the planned city of Islamabad, and more broadly, gives us new ways of understanding bureaucracy on a global scale.read more
From “Garden Warriors” to “Good Seeds” – Indigenizing the Local Food Movement with anthropologist Elizabeth Hoover
The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to host anthropologist Elizabeth Hoover for an exploration of seed sovereignty and how issues like global climate change are influencing farming and food practices in Native American communities. Drawing on extensive visits to thirty-nine Native American food and farming heritage projects—including several in New Mexico—and formal and informal interviews with chefs, farm owners, growers, and community members, Hoover’s current work will serve as one of the first comprehensive multi-site ethnographies of the Native American food sovereignty movement.read more
Best-Selling Book by SAR Alumnus Challenges Traditional Narratives of Native America and Underscores the Achievements of Indians in Contemporary Culture.
A new, widely acclaimed book by SAR scholar alumnus David Treuer is challenging long-held views of the state of Native America. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, argues that Dee Brown’s famous history of Native American dispossession and genocide, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, perpetuates a mistaken impression of the situation of American Indians today.read more
Brian Vallo, four-year director of the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) at the School for Advanced Research resigned on Friday January 4, 2019. Starting immediately, Vallo will assume the role of Acoma Pueblo’s governor.read more
The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to share exciting new developments on one of North America’s most influential archeological sites in the next Creative Thought Forum lecture. Anna Sofaer and her collaborators at the Solstice Project, Richard Friedman and Robert Weiner, present Chacoan Astronomy, Cosmography, Roads, and Ritual Power: Insights into the Chaco World Using New Technologies, Thursday, January 24, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the James A. Little Theater, Santa Fe.read more
Exploring Personal and Collective Loss in Poetry and Fiction: Casandra Lopez Receives Artist Trust Award
This week, the Washington nonprofit, Artist Trust, announced Casandra Lopez, SAR’s 2013 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence, as the recipient of the 2018 James W. Ray Venture Project award. Given to two individuals annually, the award honors creatives who the Trust believes demonstrate exceptional originality.read more
Gordon Lee Johnson writes primarily to tell the stories of today’s California Indian, but he is also interested in addressing the universal human condition. Johnson was SAR’s 2017 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence and was recently featured in a Los Angeles Times article on California Native American artists and the struggle to preserve their culture in the modern world.read more
In 2017, the School for Advanced Research awarded Acoma designer, Loren Aragon, with the Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellowship. While at SAR Aragon developed new work that continues his style of merging contemporary aesthetics with imagery inspired by his own...read more
Since the 1970s sociologist Kersti Yllö has been working in area of sexual assault that receives little attention. In 2016, she and anthropologist M. Gabriela Torres published an edited volume of new research addressing the topic. Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage and...read more
ALL PRESS INQUIRIES
Director of Public Programs and Communications
Michael F. Brown
President, School for Advanced Research
Subjects: Anthropology and popular culture, indigenous peoples of Amazonia, new religious movements, protecting indigenous cultural property from misuse
Acting Director, Indian Arts Research Center
Subjects: Museum education, Museums and Native Source community collaboration, Southwestern Native American Art, Museum Practices with Native American Communities
Director, SAR Scholar Programs
Subjects: Cuban diaspora, cultural anthropology