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September 28 – 30, 2021

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

Co-chaired by Tricia M. Redeker Hepner, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and by Dawnie Wolfe 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 19 – 21, 2021

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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November 9 – 11, 2021

Realigning Ancient Foodways Models by Identifying Geophytes in the Archaeological Record

Chaired by Christine Hastorf, Director – McCown Archaeobotanical Laboratory, and Curator of South American Archaeology, University of California – Berkeley

This seminar will bring together active scholars of anatomical geophyte identification to compile effective diagnostic techniques of identification in order to produce a key to assist archaeologists in identification of storage tissue in the archaeological record.

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November 30 – December 2, 2021

Environmental Adaptation of Spatial Grammar in Dialects of Nahuatl

Chaired by Magnus Pharao Hansen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

The Research Team Seminar will take place during the project’s write-up phase as team members work on their contributions to a monograph volume on Nahuatl Space. It will provide the opportunity to conduct collective peer-review and quality control of ongoing work.

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