Vilches, Dr. Flora, U. de Chile, Santiago, Chile - To aid '7th Meeting of Archaeological Theory in South America (TAAS),' 2014, San Felipe, Chile, in collaboration with Dr. Dante Angelo
'7th Meeting of Archaeological Theory in South America (TAAS)'
October 6-10, 2014, San Felipe, Chile
Organizers: Dr. Flora Vilches (U. Chile) and Dr. Dante Angelo (U. de Tarapacá)
This conference brought together more than 300 junior and senior archaeologists, and colleagues from other disciplines (anthropology, literature, history, art and others interested or related to the discipline), who engaged in a lively discussion about archaeology's theoretical underpinnings and the challenges it currently faces as a scientific and social discipline. The main goals of the TAAS were to maintain a line of critical thinking regarding the practice of the discipline and continue efforts to further the intellectual debate and exchange of theoretical contributions in archaeology successfully attained in previous TAAS gatherings in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela. In addition, this iteration of TAAS sought to strengthen and broaden the democratic and critical engagement of professionals, students, and a diverse group of local stakeholders (including indigenous communities) through the discussion of topics such as heritage, identity, politics, public archaeology, ontological and relational archaeology, and gender and sexualities. The 7th TAAS was the first held on the Pacific rim of South America and achieved an integration of this previously neglected region with the rest of Latin America in terms of archaeological practice and theory building.
McNamee, Ms. Calla, U. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN - To aid conference on 'Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG),' 2011, U. of Tennessee, in collaboration with Dr. Boyce N. Driskell
Preliminary abstract: The 5th periodic Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG) conference will be held at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee from 27 September to 1 October, 2011. DIG is the only conference series dedicated to the promotion of international collegiality within the field of geoarchaeology and provides a venue for international researchers to present and discuss a broad range of geoarchaeological topics. Geoarchaeology is multidisciplinary and utilizes the methods and concepts of the earth sciences to better understand human culture. Through the application of geomorphology, soil sciences, sedimentology, petrography and archaeometry, geoarchaeologists address questions pertaining to land use practices, human-environmental interactions, landscape reconstruction, site formation processes, and trade and exchange. Although the methodologies within the earth sciences are theoretically universal, their applications vary depending upon local geomorphic, environmental, and archaeological contexts. By pulling together researchers from multiple regions, DIG promotes dialogue on new and alternative approaches to geoarchaeological problems.
As the field of geoarchaeology matures, it is moving beyond simply the application of geological techniques to archaeological problems, and developing its own body of theory and method. The overarching goal of the conference is therefore to promote this development by facilitating research and stimulating discussion amongst a wide range of geoarchaeologists. The participation of international researchers is integral to the success and directive of DIG. The Wenner-Gren conference grant will provide essential funding to support international attendance.
Cameron, Dr. Catherine Margaret, U. Colorado, Boulder, CO - To aid conference on 'Invisible Citizens: Slavery in Ancient Pre-state Societies,' 2006, Snowbird, Utah
'Invisible Citizens: Slavery in Ancient Pre-State Societies.' October 26-27, 2006, Snowbird, Utah. Organizer: Catherine M. Cameron (University of Colorado, Boulder). The goals of this conference were to explore practices of slavery in prehistoric pre-state societies especially as they affect transmission and change in culture. Archaeologists tend to see prehistoric social groups as bounded entities in which culture change is a response to environmental or social stimuli. The papers presented at this conference demonstrated that social boundaries were highly permeable and that individuals -- mostly women and children -- were frequently the subject of capture, enslavement, and long-distance trade that moved them miles from their homes. In captor society these individuals introduced new technologies, decorative schemes, ritual practices, languages, and much more. Each of the twelve invited participants focused on a different part of the world (Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia, North and South America) addressing captive-taking in each region. At the end of the conference, participants summarized the parameters that seem to surround captive-taking world-wide: it is a strategy for attaining power; captive-taking creates 'predatory landscapes;' the sex, age, and social status that define individuals vulnerable to captive-taking; how captives are integrated into captor society; how, when, and why captives cause culture change; how captives can be seen in the archaeological record; and finally why there is such a silence surrounding captive-taking and slavery. The papers will be published by the University of Utah Press.
Ellen, Dr. Roy F., U. of Kent, Canterbury, UK - To aid the Ninth Congress of Ethnobiology on ethnobiology, social change, and displacement, 2003, U. of Kent
'Ninth International Congress of Ethnobiology: Ethnobiology, Social Change and Displacement,' June 13-17, 2004, University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) -- Organizer: Dr. Roy F. Ellen (University of Kent). This was the first meeting of the Congress to be held in Europe, and brought together participants from the International Society of Ethnobiology, the Society for Economic Botany and the International Society of Ethnopharmacology. Plenary addresses were given by Brent Berlin, Arun Agrawal, Ganesan Balachander, Gerard Bodeker, Gordon Hillman, and Javier Caballero. Reflecting the theme and the location, there was special emphasis placed on the relationship between ethnobiological knowledge and socio-ecological change, population dislocation, and risk management; and on the ethnobiology of immigrant cultural minorities, the European regional traditions, and traditional minorities within Europe. Beyond these core themes, the 39 contributory panels reflected the breadth of contemporary work in the field, ranging from 'The ethnobotany of crop diversity and evolution,' to 'Ethnopharmacy and migration' and 'Ethnobiology and the sciences of humankind.'
Price, Dr. David H., St. Martin's U., Lacey, WA - To aid preparation of the personal research materials of Dr. Marvin Harris for archival deposit with the National Anthropological Archives, Suitland, MD - Historical Archives Program
Goldin, Dr. Liliana, Florida International U., Miami, FL - To aid '70th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology,' 2010, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
'70th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology'
March 24-28, 2010, Merida, Mexico
Organizers: Liliana R. Goldin (Florida International University)
Support from Wenner-Gren was instrumental in funding two panels composed of eleven Latin American scholars from Guatemala and Argentina. The first panel, entitled 'Human Development, Poverty and Inequality in Guatemala,' was composed of members of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The second panel, entitled 'Transnational
Transformations, Local Responses: Argentine Anthropology Facing Globalization,' was composed of anthropologists from CONICET (Argentinean Scientific Research Council) as well as the University of Misiones and SUNY Binghamton. Both panels highlighted the excellence in research conducted by Latin American colleagues and showcased the sophisticated ways in which anthropologists engage problem-solving in what according to some measures constitute the margins of the world economy. The conference theme invited the exploration of the effects of globalization on the peoples with whom applied social scientists work resulting in higher levels of exclusion of vulnerability. As a result of the need for increased collaboration in interdisciplinary and transnational teams, the conference encouraged the discussion on the innovative theories and methods employed to make sense out of such complicated and interrelated problems.
Shankland, Dr. David, U. of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom - To aid conference on 'Heritage, Archaeology, and Anthropology in the Balkans and Anatolia,' 2006, U. of Wales-Gregynog
'Anthropology, Archaeology, and Heritage in the Balkans and Anatolia, or
the Life and Times of F. W. Hasluck (1878-1920)'
May 6-9, 2006, University of Wales, Gregynog, United Kingdom
Organizer: David Shankland (University of Bristol)
Following on a successful first international conference on this theme held in 2001, the aim of the second conference was to examine connections between the cultures of the Balkans and Anatolia, particularly interaction between the Christian and Islamic societies in the region both in the past and today. Cross disciplinary in scope, in part it followed themes suggested by F. W. Hasluck (1878-1920) in his posthumous work Christianity and Islam under the Sultans (OUP: 1926), though these ideas merge into entirely contemporary preoccupations such as faith and belief, knowledge and power; the relationship between present and past in living societies; and the fate of shared material culture in inter-communal breakdown. Whilst papers were permitted to be purely empirical in scope, all participants were asked to engage with these themes. In the event, 38 scholars gathered together in the pleasant residential conference centre at the University of Wales, Gregynog. The keynote address was given by Professor Klaus Kreiser (Bamberg). The meeting then dissolved into parallel sessions amongst the highlights of which were a team from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, who gave a detailed description of their pioneering work at the Seljuk Divri?i Complex, and a first presentation of fieldwork on the Yezidis by Dr. Esra Danacio?lu, and Mr. Amet Gökçen. The conference proceedings are in the process of being edited, and when published will form the third of the 'Hasluck' series, published by the Isis Press, Istanbul.