Rotkirch, Dr. Anna Ullica, U. of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland - To aid conference of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA), 2015, U. of Helsinki, in collaboration with Dr. Markus Jokela
Preliminary abstract: The European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA) is a young and vigorous scientific community (www.ehbea.com). The annually held EHBEA conferences enable researchers working in human evolutionary behavioural sciences to meet leading scholars in the field, exchange ideas and develop new research networks. The 2015 conference is organised in Helsinki, Finland. We expect around 200 delegates, around half of them students, and apply for funding to reduce student registration fees.The conference brings together researchers from the fields of human behavioural ecology, evolutionary anthropology, cultural evolution and evolutionary psychology. The EHBEA mission statement explicitly supports the integration of these different approaches and their application to a wide range of theoretical and applied topics, such as subsistence, kinship, medicine, archaeology and economics..Participants come from within Europe, which until recently lacked such a forum, as well as from other prominent research regions including the United States. Four of five invited plenarists for the 2015 conference represent evolutionary anthropology and two of them are based in the US.
Nunziante Cesaro, Dr. Stella, Sapienza U. of Rome, Italy - To aid workshop on 'An Integration of Use-Wear & Residues Analysis for Identification of Function of Archaeological Stone Tools,' 2012, Museum of Origins, Rome, with Dr. Cristina Lemorini
Preliminary Abstract: The workshop is intended to bring together archeological and scientific researchers and students involved in the study of use-wear traces on prehistoric stone tools andor in the identification of micro residues that might be present in them in order to hypothesize their function. Use-wear analysis carried out with microscopic analysis at low or high magnification is now a settled procedure. At present, the individuation and identification of residues is done using a number of techniques which can roughly be divided into the invasive and non-invasive. Each employed technique obviously has advantages and limitations. Given that a standard analysis protocol does not now exist, the workshop will have the ambitious goal of evaluating where matters stand and laying the basis for developing an analysis protocol. Both traces and residues analysis require a comparison to useful replicas. Even with regard to the making of replicas, no protocol now exists. The workshop will have the ambitious goal of evaluating where matters stand and laying the basis for developing a protocol concerning both analysis procedures and replicas realization. The adoption of consistent methods will make it possible for data obtained by multiple researchers to become interchangeable.
Shankland, Dr. David P., U. of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom - To aid conference of Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) on 'Anthropological and Archaeological Imaginations: Past, Present, and Future,' 2009, U. of Bristol
'ASA09: Anthropological and Archaeological Imaginations: Past, Present and Future'
April 6-9, 2009, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
Organizer: David Shankland, University of Bristol
The aim of the 2009 conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists was to bring together anthropologists and archaeologists to create a sustained dialogue between the two disciplines. In particular, conference participants were asked to note that though archaeologists have long taken notice of social anthropologists and the work that they have done, anthropologists have been much less ready to repay the complement. The call for papers yielded a substantial response. Ultimately there were some 400 delegates, most of whom also offered papers. An opening address by Professor Herzfeld (Harvard) was followed by three plenary sessions. These plenary sessions, with some supplementary chapters, will be published by Berg as part of the ASA monograph series, while individual presenters have been invited to publish their articles electronically on the ASA site. The theme of the conference clearly attracted considerable interest, which participants hope to build upon with continuing efforts to foster links between the two disciplines.
Underhill, Karen J., Northern Arizona U., Flagstaff, AZ - To aid conference on 'Native American Protocols for American Libraries, Archives, and Information Services,' 2006, Northern Arizona U., in collaboration with Dr. Willow Roberts Powers
Hundreds of organizations in the United States hold archival collections, gathered with and without informed consent, which document Native American lifeways. Although well- intentioned, non-American Indian archivists in traditional institutions may lack training in the many nuances of caring for such collections. On April 5-7, 2006 a group of nineteen archivists, librarians, museum curators, historians, and anthropologists gathered at Northern Arizona University Cline Library (Flagstaff, Arizona) to identify best practices for the respectful care and use of American Indian archival material held by non-tribal organizations. The participants represented fifteen Native American, First Nation, and Aboriginal communities. The Protocols under development and discussion build upon numerous professional ethical codes as well as international declarations recognizing Indigenous rights and the ground- breaking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols for Libraries, Archives, and Information Services. The meeting participants look forward to increased cooperation between tribal and non-tribal libraries and archives. Upon completion, the Protocols will be available through the Web sites of organizations such as the American Indian Library Association, the Society of American Archivists, and CoP AR. This project has received generous support from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the American Library Association, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the National Library of Medicine, The Bay and Paul Foundations, the Northern Arizona University Institute for Native Americans, and Dr. P. David and Mary Seaman.
Palerm, Dr. Juan-Vicente, U. of California, Santa Barbara, CA - To aid sessions at the AAA meetings on the Manuel Gamio legacy in Mexico and the US, and long-term research projects in Mexico, 2001, Washington DC, in collaboration with William E. Davis
Falgueres, Dr. Christophe, Museum National D'histoire Naturelle, Paris, France - To aid conference on 'Modern Man in Northern Africa: Chronology, Behavior and Cultural Heritage,' 2015, Rabat, Morocco, in collaboration with Dr. Mohamed El Hajraoui
Preliminary abstract: The project aims in meeting several searchers coming from different labs from Canada, France, Morocco, Italy and to enlarge to other labs from Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria. The main scopes are dedicated to geochronology, caracterisation methods applied to global heritage since the origin of Modern humans to the historic period in Maghreb. Two main subjects will be discussed :1.) Chronology and behavior of Modern Man since its origins about 130 000 years in Maghreb area; and 2) Caracterisation of pigments and colorants using different non invasive and portable methods in the frame of cultural heritage.The goals are:to establish the state of the art of the research in Morocco and discuss the results obtained since the last 5 years in Morocco; to reinforce the dialog between teams who are working in Morocco and to enlarge collaborations to other countries such as Algeria, Tunisia and Senegal in order to reconstruct the history of Modern Man in Northern Africa and his behavior from a cultural point of view. In 2010, a first meeting was organized by UQAM at Montreal. This previous colloquium allowed a good synergy between labs and inititated several collaborations in which phd students were involved. In 2013, a new edition was organized by MNHN-CNRS, Paris, involving Moroccan labs. In 2015, the next conference in Rabat is intended to consolidate these collaborations and initiate new prospectives for research and training.
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.
Martinsson-Wallin, Dr. Helene, Gotland U., Visby, Sweden - To aid 7th international conference on 'Easter Island and the Pacific: Migration, Cultural Heritage and Identity,' 2007, Gotland U.
'Easter Island and the Pacific: Migration, Cutlural Heritage, and Identity'
August 20-27, 2007, Gotland University, Visby, Sweden
Organizer: Dr. Helene Martinsson-Wallin (Gotland University)
Funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation made it possible to invite young scholars and students form three World Heritage sites -- Rapa Nui National Park on Easter Island/Rapa Nui (Chile/The Pacfic); Stone Town on Zanzibar (Tanzania); and Visby on Gotland (Sweden) -- to participate in a workshop on 'World Heritage and Identity: Three Worlds Meet.' The workshop was held in conjunction with the 7th International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific. Participants were mainly students and junior scholars who otherwise have little chance to participate in international conferences. They presented data about their sites and discussed concerns and problems facing their World Heritage status. The sites discussed are found on islands with different historical and religious backgrounds, but they all contain a vulnerable archaeological heritage and have an economy closely tied to cultural tourism. The workshop discussions resulted in new networks among the participants and built a foundation for the continuation of educational exchanges between Gotland University, University of Zanzibar, CONADI Rapa Nui, and The National University of Samoa.