Ammerman, Dr. Albert J., Colgate U., Hamilton, NY - To aid workshop on 'Island Archaeology and the Origins of Seafaring in the Eastern Mediterranean,' 2013, Reggio Calabria, Italy
'Island Archaeology and the Origins of Seafaring in the Eastern Mediterranean'
October 19-21, 2012, Reggio Calabria, Italy
Organizer: Dr. Albert J. Ammerman (Colgate U.)
The meeting constituted a new and rapidly emerging field of study in anthropology and archaeology, and brought together leading specialists to share recent findings, discuss new ideas, and move towards a new synthesis. Papers were presented on such topics as, 'Klimonas and its Contribution to the Study of Early Seafaring,' 'The Aegean Mesolithic: Material Culture Chronology, and Networks of Contact,' and 'Early Neolithic Settlements in Croatia and the Situation in the Adriatic Sea.' The workshop was truly international in character, including participants from the United States, France, Greece, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, and accomplished its goal of gathering scholars from diverse perspectives and academic backgrounds. A highlight for participants was an afternoon of sailing on the Strait of Messina. A video of the experience can be found on the conference website, 'The First Argonauts,' http://seafaring.colgate.edu, along with images and information about research in this new field. Plans are in place to publish the proceedings in a double volume of the journal Eurasian Prehistory.
Twohig, Dr. Elizabeth, U. College Cork, Cork, Ireland - To aid 11th Annual Meeting of the EAA (European Association of Archaeologists), 2005, U. College Cork, in collaboration with Dr. Anthony F. Harding
'The 11th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA).' September 5-11, 2005, Cork, Ireland -- Organizers: Elizabeth Twohig (University College Cork) and Anthony F. Harding (University of Exeter). Almost 700 archaeologists from 33 countries attended the meeting. The delegates delivered over 460 papers and posters organized into 59 sessions and roundtables. The three main themes were: archaeology and material culture -- interpreting the record; archaeology of today: theory and methods; managing the archaeological record and cultural heritage. Chronologically, the contributions ranged from 5000 BC to the 19th century AD and included also current matters related with archaeology in modern Europe. Wenner-Gren funding supported 30 participants from Central and Eastern Europe to attend the meeting.
Pollard, Dr. Tessa M., U. of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom - To aid conference on 'Early Life Influences on Women's Reproductive Function and Health,' 2005, U. of Durham
'Early Life Influences on Women's Reproductive Function and Health,' March 9-10, 2005, Durham, United Kingdom -- Organizers: Tessa Pollard. This workshop was designed to bring together researchers working on an emerging area of interest within biological anthropology. Biological anthropologists at Harvard, London, Krakow and Durham are currently working to test developmental hypotheses of ovarian function, and the first aim of the workshop was to allow those groups to share methods, results, and ideas, and to work to develop theory and research strategies for the future. Some epidemiologists in the UK have been working on related hypotheses and a further aim was to develop dialogue between anthropology and epidemiology, and to make full use of findings from epidemiology for the development of theory within anthropology. Both aims were achieved at an enjoyable, relaxed event, which allowed for plenty of discussion. It was particularly notable that most of the epidemiologists were previously unaware of the theoretical work done by anthropologists in this area, while the anthropologists found results from the epidemiological cohort studies impressive and stimulating.
Lema, Dr. Veronica, U. Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina - To aid workshop on 'Paleoethnobotanical Studies in South America: Problems and Updates,' 2012, U. Internacional Santiago, Chile, in collaboration with Dr. Carolina Belmar Pantelis
Preliminary Abstract: In recent years, Paleoethnobotanical studies have been integrated as important axes in archaeological investigations, opffering significant contributions to South American archaeology and has had an exponential growth, with numerous specialist. This is reflected on the diversification of topics, specialties and, consequently, lines of evidence. This developement has been materialized in the organization of many symposia and seminars in Latin America designed to present and discuss the achievements of this line of investigation. While these proceedings have been complied to collect, disseminate and discuss theoretical and practically research, the implementation of an event where purely methodological issues arise, with the required infrastructure and implements to observe and compare the materials directly is lacking.
The objective of the workshop is to create a space where investigators in the field of South American Paleoethnobotany can bring up to date and discuss methodological problems that are common in this discipline. This necessity has arisen from the need of dealing with these methodological questions that are left to be treated in a local level of the research teams, since most Paleoethnobotanical meeting and symposiums focus on theoretical issues and case studies. Our aim is to create the appropriate conditions of participation and organization so as to stimulate dialogue, exchange of experiences and the obtention of consensus, within the scientific community, with regard to the different options and directions that can be taken in relation to the methods and techniques used in the treatment of archaeobotanical macro and micro remains. In summary, the workshop seeks to provide the necessary framework and infrastructure to resolve the recurrent and most common methodological and practical problems faced by the investigators in this discipline in the South American region.
Fiskesjo, Dr. N. Magnus G., Cornell U., Ithaca, NY - To aid workshop on 'Rice and Language across Asia: Crops, Movement, and Social Change,' 2011, Cornell U., in collaboration with Dr. John B. Whitman
Preliminary abstract: The goal of this workshop is to examine the beginnings and spread of rice agriculture in early Asia, in light of the rapidly growing advances in human genetics on human migrations; linguistic studies of language diversification; plant genetics; and archaeological research on agricultural beginnings in the region. The workshop will focus on the complex relationship between crops, language and sociocultural developments in early South, Southeast, and East Asia, which have not previously been discussed together on this scale. We pay special attention to the role of rice, as a highly significant, dominant crop in early agricultural transformations and expansions across Asia, and to how human populations were impacted and societies changed as a result of the introduction and development of rice farming. Collaborative work by the workshop organizers reveals significant crossdisciplinary differences in the understanding of such notions as 'diffusion' and 'population,' and the critical resources of anthropology will play a central role in mediating these differences and establishing a common ground for future research. The workshop will debate and aim to establish conceptual foundations for interdisciplinary communications and comparative discussion between the different scholarly fields involved -- anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and genetics
Barrantes, Dr. Ramiro, U. de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica - To aid 'XII Meeting of the Latin American Association of Biological Anthropology (ALAB),' 2012, San Jose, in collaboration with Dr. Silvia Salgado Gonzalez
'XII Congreso de la Associación Latinoamericana de Antropología Biológica (ALAB)'
November 13-16, 2012. San Jose, Costa Rica
Organizers: Ramiro Barrantes and Silvia Salgado González (U. of Costa Rica)
This twelfth meeting of the Latin American Association of Biological Anthropology (ALAB) was held was organized in collaboration with the Departments of Anthropology and Biology at the University of Costa Rica. Financial support was provided by the University of Costa Rica, the Costa Rican Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Eight symposia, forty free presentations, and thirty-nine posters were presented and one hundred forty researchers and students attended the meeting. Participants discussed such topics as the evolution of human health, anthropological and forensic genetics, biological and cultural co-evolution, and ethics and humans rights. Detailed information about the congress, schedule and results of the activity can be found on the website http://xii-congreso-alab-2012.org/
Reuter, Dr. Thomas A., Monash U., Clayton, Victoria, Australia - To aid WCAA conference on 'Opportunities and Challenges: Toward an Agenda for World Anthropology,' 2009, Kunming, China, in collaboration with Dr. Gustavo Ribeiro
'Opportunities and Challenges for International Cooperation and Participation in Anthropology: Toward an Agenda for World Anthropology'
July 27-31, 2009, Kunming, China
Organizers: Thomas A. Reuter (Monash University) and Gustavo Ribeiro (Universidade de Brasilia)
This symposium was an open forum at which cooperative efforts to facilitate international communication and collaboration among anthropologists and anthropological associations were discussed. Representatives of all WCAA member associations present at the 2009 IUAES World Congress (July 27-31, Kunming, China) were invited to contribute to the
meeting, together with key representatives of the IUAES. The discussion focused on the different roles of the WCAA, IUAES, regional and national associations, asking what each can accomplish and how they can support one another’s endeavors. Individual presentations focused on specific tasks within the overall goal of advancing cooperation and participation within the discipline globally. The discussion explored how such important tasks may be accomplished through existing institutional resources and collaborations. Each representative at the meeting was asked to report back to their governing board and membership on the forum’s ideas and proposals for collaboration. A joint publication of the
presentations is in progress.
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.
Goodale, Dr. Mark R., George Mason U., Arlington, VA - To aid workshop on 'Revolution and New Social Imaginaries in Postneoliberal Latin America,' 2008, CILAS at U. California San Diego, in collaboration with Dr