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March 15 – 19, 2020
Rescheduled: March 21 – 25, 2021

Oikography: Home and Housing in Ethnography and Critical Theory

Co-chaired by João Biehl, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University, and Federico Neiburg, Professor of Social Anthropology, Department of Anthropology at the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

This seminar foregrounds the house as a site of empirical analysis and theoretical exploration, drawing from a range of ethnographic contexts. Taking the oikos as at once a built structure, a collection of relations and affects, and a node in neighborhoods and larger political, economic, and bio-chemical systems, participants move across scales to ask how people’s lives and worlds are made and remade in relation to the house and housing configurations.

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Postponed June 21 – 25, 2020

Indigenous Women’s Proposals to Address the Root Causes of Guatemalan Migration: Economic Development, Social Equality, and Regional Stability

Co-chaired by Irma A. Velásquez Nimatuj, Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, and De Ann Pendry, Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Set against the current climate of rising racism and violence against migrants and asylum seekers in the United States, this seminar will focus on indigenous women’s analyses and critiques of the root causes of migration and forced displacement in Guatemala.

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Postponed December 13 – 17, 2020

The Matter of Imperial Politics: Archaeological Contributions to Understanding the Role of Things in Productions of Power

Chaired by Tamara Bray, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Wayne State University, and Lori Khatchadourian, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

In line with the material turn across a wide swath of the social sciences and humanities, this seminar aims to bring objects in from out of the cold–in this case, with the specific goal of deepening our understanding of power by relating it to materiality. The goal is to focus, from a globally comparative perspective, on the political work of things in the context of early imperial states by developing a broad comparative understanding of how such assemblages work to make and unmake political power.

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