Kuijt, Dr. Ian, U. of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN - To aid workshop on 'To Have and to Hold: Food Storage and the Emergence of Social Differentiation,' 2012, Amerind Foundation, Dragoon, AZ
'To Have and to Hold: Food Storage and the Emergence of Social Differentiation'
February 23-25, 2012, Amerind Foundation, Dragoon, Arizona
Organizer: Ian Kuijt (U. Notre Dame)
Food storage-here defined as the purposeful investment in the curation of material items, with intent of later use-was a major evolutionary transition. In this workshop, researchers explored how food storage represents a flexible strategy for controlling time, a means of mitigating periods of scarcity, and a way of potentially extending periods of bounty forward in time and altering human relations and improving the human condition. Scholars explored practical aspects of food storage, including the physical conditions of food storage, the visible and invisible materiality of food storage, spoilage, the shelf life of different foods, access to stored foods, and how storage may have been embedded in different cultural and economic contexts. Drawing upon geographically focused New World and Old World case studies, this workshop explored the intersection with questions pertinent to the emergence of social inequality, the forager-farmer transition, and how past and present human communities deal with risk. By pulling apart the complex, and poorly understood, interconnections between the things people eat and store, population growth, and the development and control of an excess and surplus of food, these papers help researchers to understand how storage created the potential to reframe social relationships within human communities.
University of Cape Town Fund, Inc., New York, NY- To aid Wenner-Gren Fellowship at the U. of Cape Town, South Africa, to support the training of black southern Africans in archaeology, supervised by Dr. Judith Sealy
Berlin, Dr. Overton Brent, U. of Georgia, Athens, GA - To aid preparation of the personal research collections of Brent and Elois Ann Berlin for archival deposit with the National Anthropological Archives, Suitland, MD - Historical Archives Program
Danda, Dr. Ajith, Indian Anthropological Society, Kolkata, India - To aid Golden Jubilee conference of IAS on 'Locating Alternative Voices of Anthropology,' 2011, Kolkata, in collaboration with Dr. Rajat Kanti Das
Preliminary abstract: The International Symposium proposed to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Indian Anthropological Society will have the following dual objectives :1) To eveluate the contributions of anthropologists : Euro-American, Afro-Asian, and Latin American in the light of dualism : Western vs. non-Western, that pervades the field of anthropology. 2) To eva