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January 8–10, 2013

Indian Affairs Under Self-Determination: Views from Behind the Scenes

Co-chaired by Katheleen Guzman, Associate Dean for Academics, College of Law, University of Oklahoma and Kristin Ruppel, Associate Professor, Native American Studies, Montana State University

This seminar was convened to reveal what American Indian “self-determination” looks like from the perspective of those actually involved in its implementation. This was not so much a “bottom-up” perspective as it was a look at what has happened behind the scenes, among Indian accountants, probate judges, land appraisers, realty experts, Indian landowner advocates, and attorneys from across the country.

April 9–12, 2013

Intangible Cultural Heritage Policies and Practices for Safeguarding Traditional Cultures: Comparing China and the United States

Co-chaired by Robert Baron, Director, Folk Arts Program and Music, New York State Council on the Arts and Nicholas Spitzer, Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Tulane University

This short seminar compared program and policy approaches to intangible cultural heritage in the Peoples’ Republic of China and American folklore and art in national, state/provincial, and local contexts among ethnic and occupational communities.

June 7–8, 2013

Comparative Borderlands in Anthropology and History

Co-chaired by James F. Brooks, President and CEO, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM; Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Stuart Smith, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

This innovative partnership involved collaboration between the Anthropology and History departments at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and SAR. Over the course of the 2012-13 academic year, five doctoral students from anthropology and five from history worked closely with the department chairs, archaeologist Stuart Smith and historian Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, and SAR president James F. Brooks, to develop in-depth research papers in particular areas of borderland studies.

October 8–10, 2013

Changing the Atmosphere: Anthropological Engagement with Climate Change

Co-chaired by Shirley J. Fiske, Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland; Lisa J. Lucero, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign ; and Anthony Oliver-Smith, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida

This SAR short seminar examined the commonalities and schisms that permeate anthropological approaches to climate change, and looked to the future to configure mutual frontiers of research and engagement.

November 5–7, 2013

The Multi-Sited History of the Anthropology of Korea

Chaired by Robert Oppenheim, Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas—Austin

The majority of research on past anthropologies of Korea has focused on Japanese anthropologists during and immediately before the Japanese colonial era. This seminar expanded discussion to focus more specifically on the “multi-sitedness” of Korea as an anthropological object.