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September 29 – October 1, 2020

Restless Spirits and Human Remains: Life, Death, and Justice in Post-War Northern Uganda

Co-chaired by Tricia M. Redecker Hepner, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and by Dawnie Wolf Steadman, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

Post-war northern Uganda is a vast and haunted graveyard. Tens of thousands were killed by rebels or military during the 1986-2006 conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the government. The seminar’s anthropological team explored how different burial scenarios (mass graves, displacement camp graves, and unknown remains) affected survivors.

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October 20 – 22, 2020

The Influence of Market Integration on Escalating Inequality in Small-Scale Societies

Co-chaired by Mary Shenk, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, Tami Blumenfield, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies, Furman University, and Siobhan Mattison, Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

This seminar tackles how and why social inequality is exacerbated by market integration. It brings together members of a National Science Foundation-funded international team composed of researchers in anthropology, demography, economics, and evolutionary biology to discuss ongoing analyses of detailed data collected in rural communities in Bangladesh and China which are undergoing rapid market transition from subsistence to market-based economies.

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