Rabinovich, Dr. Rivka, Hebrew U., Jerusalem, Israel - To aid conference on 'Fish and Fishing: Archaeological, Anthropological, Taphonomical and Ecological Perspectives,' 2011, Hebrew U., in collaboration with Dr. Irit Zohar
Preliminary abstract: The Fish Remains Working Group (FRWG) was created to bring together, every two years, researchers from different disciplines, countries and continents and to allow them to communicate and present their latest scientific work on fish remains. In the last 20 years the study of fish remains from archaeological sites have been developing as a discipline in its own, displaying its significance for anthropological and environmental studies. These demonstrated that fish remains provide an excellent source of information about ancient human diet, technological skills, past hydrological connections, past distribution patterns and community structure of fish in the aquatic habitat. As a result, today, researchers that study fish remains represent a wide range of disciplines including: archaeology, zoology, ichthyology, geology, paleontology, chemistry, cultural anthropology, history, nutrition, and fishery biology. These researchers, scattered around the world, are interested in establishment of a forum of debate for discussions and standardization of techniques used for the study of fish remains. The antiquity of fish exploitation, dietary contribution of fish and fishing to human evolution,role of gender in fishing activity, fish processing methods, lacustrine taphonomy, and recently developed methods, are just some of the topics that will be presented and discussed at the meeting. A special session on neotropical zooarchaeology is planned in the honor of Prof. Oscar Polaco that unexpectedly passed away in 2009.
Smith, Dr. Claire, Flinders U., Adelaide, Australia - To aid 'Seventh World Archaeological Congress (WAC-7),' 2013, Dead Sea, Jordan, in collaboration with Dr. Arwa Badran
Preliminary abstract: We are seeking support for scholars from economically disadvantaged countries to attend WAC-7, to be held in Jordan in January 2013. With this support we will be able to draw participants from around the world, helping to advance the Wenner-Gren Foundation's goal of fostering an international community of reseach scholars in anthropology.
The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) is the only representative, fully international organization of practicing archaeologists committed to an inclusive, multivocal interpretation of the human past. WAC encourages open dialogue among all people concerned about the past, including scholars from under-represented parts of the world, First Nations people, and descendent communities whose pasts are told by archaeologists. The WAC-7 conference offers discussion of new archaeological research as well as archaeological policy, practice and politics. We seek support for a larger number of participants, rather than a few keynote speakers (though some of the people we support are likely to give keynote addresses). The WAC-7 conference will be organized to provide support for the accommodation and registration of 200 participants from economically disadvantaged countries and Indigenous groups. Support from Wenner-Gren will provide partial assistance to 22 participants from traditionally underrepresented countries, exactly those people who contribute to the essential diversity of WAC's purpose and who enhance the international scope of the conference. Wenner-Gren funds will be used purely as a contribution towards airfares (either whole or in part); each person supported by Wenner-Gren will also receive matching WAC support for accommodation and registration.
Intl. Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences, Manchester, UK (through IUAES org. John Gledhill) - To aid travel to 17th Congress of IUAES: Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds, 2013, Manchester
'Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds: The 17th Congress of the International Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences'
August 5-10, 2013, Manchester University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Organizer: Dr. John Gledhill (Manchester U.)
This truly global congress brought together 1260 anthropologists from sixty-five countries to present 1283 papers in 211 parallel session panels, which successfully promoted dialogue between scholars from different countries and across sub-field boundaries. This networking will be consolidated in the future through the system of IUAES commissions that was reinvigorated at the event. The use of thematic tracks for the parallel sessions worked well in producing innovative and focused panels, the Museum Anthropology track involved international conversations that included countries such as China, and the Visual Anthropology program included several imaginative complements to the normal film-screenings and panel presentations. Wenner-Gren's central role in the promotion of world anthropology and the IUAES was entertainingly presented in Leslie Aiello's inaugural keynote address. Lourdes Arizpe and Howard Morphy gave additional keynotes sponsored by ASA and RAI respectively. Three plenaries consisted of debates between four key speakers, with additional audience participation, another well-received innovation that sharpened the presentation of issues and ensured global diversity amongst the plenary speakers. The final plenary was a panel discussion on World Anthropologies. This and two other panels were sponsored by WCAA. Edited videos of the plenary sessions are now available on YouTube, and various print publications are also in preparation.
To support the development of a doctoral program in anthropology at Universite d'Etat d' Haiti, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti - Institutional Development Grant
Through primary partnerships with the University of Kansas (KU) and Teachers College, Columbia University (TC), the State University of Haiti (UEH) will implement an ethos of productivity to establish a fully functioning doctoral program that will facilitate student and faculty training as well as research. This will be accomplished by a) increasing the number of Ph.D.
Leclerc-Madlala, Dr. Suzanne, U. of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa - To aid conference of ASA on 'Southern African Anthropology in the Context of Globalisation: The Way Forward,' 2005, Durban, in collaboration with Dr. Anand Singh
'Anthropology Southern Africa (ASA) 2005 Conference,' September 22-24, 2005, Durban, South Africa -- Organizers: Suzanne Leclerc-Madlala (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and Anand Singh. The annual conference of Anthropology Southern Africa was hosted by the Department of Anthropology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College in Durban. Under the theme 'Continuity, Change and Transformation: Anthropology in the 21st Century,' approximately 175 scholars attended the conference, which drew from a pool of academic contributions from university staff, students and practitioners in the field, where the latest trends in research and pedagogy in anthropology were discussed and debated. Three exciting keynote speakers with expertise in areas that are currently of critical importance in Southern Africa and globally -- transformations in tertiary education, terrorism, and HIV/AIDS -- set the tone for the entire conference, which included the delivery of 61 scholarly papers. The conference closed with an AGM, where new office bearers for ASA were chosen and plans for next year's joint ASA-Pan African Association of Anthropologists were finalized.
McGovern, Dr. Thomas Howatt, City U. of New York, New York, NY - To aid workshop on 'Social Responses to Climate Change: Southwest and North Atlantic Long-Term Human Ecodynamics,' 2012, San Diego, CA, in collaboration with Dr. Katherine Ann Spielmann
'Social Responses to Climate Change: Southwest and North Atlantic Long-Term Human Ecodynamics'
Sept. 20-23, 2012, San Diego, CA
July 7-10, 2013, Thelamork School, Akureyri, Iceland
Organizers: Thomas H. McGovern (City U. New York) and Catherine Spielmann (Arizona State U.)
Two workshops were funded by this grant, whose overall objective was to make use of perspectives developed by the resilience community, the environmental hazards communities, human securities communities, and historical ecology to mobilize the data sets and case studies developed in two strongly contrastive world areas to try to better deploy 'the completed long term human ecodynamics experiments of the past' for current attempts to design sustainable futures. The workshops were intense and highly successful in employing fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) in coding a common set of variables and in finding effective comparisons of climate impact in the two regions. The teams collaborated closely in defining and scoring outcomes of three classes of transformation of Social Ecological Systems: transformative relocation, continuity with change, and collapse. Common patterns were found in Norse and Southwest cases linking pre-climate change conditions with outcomes in unanticipated ways, and the adverse impact on human security of apparently sustainable continuity with change was often considerable. Multiple publications are in preparation.
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