Lucero, Dr. Lisa, U. of Illinois, Urbana, IL - To aid conference on 'Low-Density Urbanism, Water Management, & Sustainability in the Tropics,' 2012, Siem Reap, Cambodia, in collaboration with Dr. Roland Fletcher
Preliminary abstract: The Maya of Central America (5th-9th century), the Khmer of Cambodia (9th-16th century), and the Sinhalese of Sri Lanka (4th B.C.-A.D. 11th century) created vast tropical cities and states--then kings faded away. Yet farmers adapted for millennia. This cross-cultural conference will assess the role of the relationship between water management, land management practices, climatic instability, and differing changes in the social and political systems of ancient low-density urban settlements. It will be one of a series of IHOPE conferences; IHOPE is a global network of scholars who aim to reveal lessons from the past to ensure a sustainable future. Scholars who work in different parts of the tropical world will come together to present papers revolving around two major themes: 1) the waxing and waning of political histories; and 2) sustainable farming through the millennia. The format will consist of 30-40 minute presentations, followed by a brief discussion period, as well as 'round-table' and more informal discussions during breaks and site visits. Results will allow us to go beyond making generalizations of past successes and failures and to gain lessons that are relevant for the present and the future.
Merlan, Dr. Francesca C., Australian National U., Canberra, Australia - To aid preparation of the personal research materials of Marie Reay for archival deposit with the Archives of the Australian National University - Historical Archives Program
O'Connell, Dr. Tamsin Christina, U. of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK - To aid '7th Advanced Seminar on Palaeodiet,' 2010, McDonald Institute, Cambridge, in collaboration with Dr. Julia Anne Lee-Thorp
'7th Advanced Seminar On Palaeodiet'
June 21-26, 2010, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Organizers: Tamsin O'Connell (University of Cambridge) and Julia Lee-Thorp (University of Oxford)
Diet is a key question in archaeology because it impacts on so many human conditions, such as economy, health, status, life history, environment, and residence. Chemical analyses of human and animal remains are now routinely used to elucidate palaeodietary patterns, proving informative at many stages of the past, from diets of extinct hominids to transitions
to agriculture and urban societies. The chemical markers analyzed (mostly stable isotopes) reflect chemical compositional differences between food types, transferred to consumers? body tissues during the incorporation of dietary intake. The field has expanded rapidly in breadth and in technological advances that allow finer-scale sampling. These advances offer
opportunities to address more subtle archaeological questions, but they have also made it obvious that we face considerable challenges relating to more nuanced interpretations of the data. In the tradition of previous Seminars on Palaeodiet, this meeting brought together experts from archaeology, ecology, and physiology, to address current questions and challenges in an intensive workshop format.
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.'