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March 21–25, 2010

The Difference Kinship Makes: Rethinking the Ideologies of Modernity

Fenella Cannell, Co-Chair
Reader in Social Anthropology, LSE
Department of Social Anthropology
London School of Economics and Political Science

Susan McKinnon, Co-Chair
Department of Anthropology
University of Virginia

This seminar questioned the distinction between kin-based” societies and those based on “modern” organization has been fundamental to ideas of contemporary humanity.

May 2–6, 2010

Rethinking Race and Science: Biology, Genes, and Culture

John Hartigan, Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Texas, Austin

The research of the biological anthropologists at the seminar looked beyond the realm of genetics to consider biological variation broadly in relation to race.

May 15–21, 2010

Indigenous Peoples and Salmon in the Northern Pacific

Dr. James F. Brooks, Co-Chair
School for Advanced Research

Dr. Benedict Colombi, Co-Chair
Assistant Professor
American Indian Studies
University of Arizona

Two years in the making, the seminar explored how indigenous societies across the northern Pacific Rim – from Sakhalin Island through Alaska and south to the Columbia River – built their distinctive cultures around wild salmon.

June 6–11, 2010

Katherine Dunham and the Anthropology of Dance: Theory, Experiment, and Social Engagement

Dr. Elizabeth Chin, Chair
Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice
Occidental College, Los Angeles

Perhaps best known as the first African American to found a major modern dance company, Dunham counted Alvin Ailey, Eartha Kitt, and Marlon Brando among her students.

September 26–30, 2010

Reassembling the Collection: Indigenous Agency and Ethnographic Collections

Sarah Byrne, Co-Chair
Production Assistant
Institute of Historical Studies
University of London

Annie Clarke, Co-Chair
Senior Lecturer
Department of Archaeology
University of Sydney

Robin Torrence, Co-Chair
Principal Research Scientist
Department of Anthropology
Australian Museum

Rodney Harrison, Co-Chair
Lecturer in Heritage Studies
Faculty of Arts
The Open University, London

The aim of this seminar was to re-configure how Indigenous agency and identity are we conceptualized and interpreted within the formation of ethnographic collection