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March 6–10, 2016

New Geospatial Approaches in Anthropology

Co-chaired by Robert L. Anemone, Professor and Department Head, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Glenn Conroy, Professor, Departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University

This seminar brought together a diverse group of anthropologists and remote sensing specialists—including primatologists, paleoanthropologists, behavioral ecologists, cultural geographers, and archaeologists—who are working at the cutting edge of geospatial data collection and analysis to explore tools, techniques, and approaches that can be used in geospatial analysis of these, and related, anthropological subfields.

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April 17–21, 2016

A World of Walls: Why Are We Building New Barriers to Divide Us?

Co-chaired by Laura McAtackney, Associate Professor, Department of Sustainable Heritage Management, Aarhus University and Randall H. McGuire, Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University

In the 21st century, walls appear to supply simple solutions to global problems of violence, human movement and crime. This seminar’s focus on walls offered a materialist emphasis that goes beyond the well-worn terrain of borders by bringing together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to explore key issues that wall construction provokes.

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September 25–29, 2016

How Nature Works

Co-chaired by Sarah Besky, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology & Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University; Alex Blanchette, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Tufts University; and Naisargi Dave, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto

This seminar aimed to develop an anthropology of labor that is attuned and accountable to the potentially irreversible effects of climate change, extinction, and deforestation by exploring sites where seemingly “natural” beings have been radically modified by human activity, and seemingly enlisted into diverse work regimens.

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