Bae, Dr. Christopher J., U. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI - To aid conference on '80th Anniversary of the Discovery of the First Peking Man Skull,' 2009, Beijing, PRC, in collaboration with Dr. Xing Gao
Preliminary Abstract: Funding is requested from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to support the 80th Anniversary of the Discovery of the First Peking Man Skull Conference that is being organized by the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The theme of the conference is centered on Zhoukoudian because it is the largest complex of Pleistocene localities in East Asia that is associated with paleoanthropological research. The primary goal of the Zhoukoudian conference is to bring together a multi-disciplinary multi-national group of established and young scientists in the field of paleoanthropology (biological anthropology and Paleolithic archaeology) to discuss topics current in human evolutionary studies and how these subjects are related to paleoanthropology in China. In particular, we have made an effort to invite young scholars that work in East Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia to contribute their current research and offer cross-comparative perspectives to the research being conducted in East Asia. The senior consultants will be able to share a wealth of experience they have accumulated from working in different regions of the Old World. A synthesis of current research in Asian paleoanthropology is critical for contributing to the continued development of the field. Because of the paucity of up-to-date English language treatises that focus on Asian paleoanthropology and/or cross comparative perspectives of sites and materials across Africa, South Asia, and East Asia, the edited volume that will result from this conference will make a strong contribution to the field of anthropology. An additional important outcome from this conference will be that the interaction between the African, South Asian, and East Asian specialists will lead to more interaction in the future and possible multi-national collaborative research projects.
Strang, Dr. Veronica Jane, U. of Auckland, Auckland, NZ - To aid joint conference of ASA UK, New Zealand, and Australia on 'Ownership and Appropriation,' 2008, U. Auckland, in collaboration with Dr. Mark Busse
'Ownership and Appropriation'
December 8-12, 2008, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Organizers: Veronica Strang and Mark Busse (University of Auckland)
The ASA (Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth), the ASAANZ (Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand), and the AAS (Australian Anthropological Society) combined their annual meetings for this joint international conference hosted by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Auckland, which was attended by 465 delegates from all parts of the world. The program contained ten parallel sessions, 333 papers, and 21 ethnographic films. Plenary papers were given by anthropologists Marilyn Strathern, Howard Morphy, and Rosemary Coombe, and by The Honourable Eddie Taihakurei Durie. Centering on the theme of Ownership and Appropriation, the conference aimed to extend anthropological theory by shifting the focus from static legal concepts of 'property' and 'property relations' to notions and acts of 'owning and appropriating.' Panels focused on land and resources, intellectual property, material culture, governance, identity, and other areas of social life in which ownership is contested. The discussions provided new theoretical insights, moving concepts of property towards a more fluid, phenomenological approach, and articulating the many everyday processes through which ownership and appropriation are negotiated. There will be a range f publications emerging from the conference, including the annual ASA volume.
Oyhenart, Dr. Evelia Edith, U. Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina - To aid 'Tenth Meeting of the Latin American Association of Biological Anthropology,' 2008, Buenos Aires, in collaboration with Dr. Hector M. Pucciarelli
'Tenth Meeting of the Latin American Association of Biological Anthropology'
October 20-23, 2008, Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Organizers: Evelia E. Oyhenart (U. Nacional de La Plata) and Hector M. Pucciarelli (Museo de la Plata, Buenos Aires)
More that 350 students and professionals from all over Latin America attended the Tenth Meeting of the Latin American Association of Biological Anthropology. The conference's goal was to bring distinguished Latin American scholars from the field of biological anthropology field, to a collegial environment where students and professional could meet and establish connections to promote future collaborative research. Topics of discussion included 'Human Growth in Nutritional, Epidemiological, and Demographical Transition' and 'New Research on the Peopling of the Americas.' Also a panel of experts from various fields discussed the different ways genetic data were being merged with physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and other disciplines to help build a clearer picture of the human past.
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.
Floyd, Dr. Simeon I., Max Planck Inst., Nijmegen, Netherlands - To aid workshop on 'The Grammar of Knowledge Asymmetries: 'Conjunct/Disjunct' Alignment from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective,' 2011, Boulder, CO, in collaboration with Dr. Lila San Roque
Preliminary abstract: Knowledge is negotiated in speech according to specific norms of interaction and grammar. 'Conjunct/Disjunct' (C/D) alignment systems are an under-studied grammatical expression of such negotiations. Verbs are marked as 'conjunct' in first person statements or in second person questions, and as 'disjunct' in other situations, picking out the participant with the highest epistemic authority. C/D systems have been described for languages of the Himalayas, the Caucasus, Andean South America and Highlands New Guinea, but have not yet been well-studied in cross-linguistic perspective. C/D systems are relevant for theories of social cognition: the morphology reflects the exchangeability of viewpoint with others, a topic that is currently being taken up as 'intersubjectivity' in linguistic and evolutionary anthropology, as well as in interaction studies. This workshop will bring together for the first time specialists working in four geographic areas where C/D alignment is attested to form a scholarly community, address conceptual and terminological divides between specific regional traditions and build towards a cross-linguistically viable framework for further work. A focus on C/D forms in interaction will highlight their relevance for social behavior more broadly, allowing this emerging area of linguistic typology to contribute to research on the social organization of intersubjective knowledge.
Ben Hounet, Dr. Yazid, College de France, Paris, France - To aid workshop on 'Truth, Intentionality and Evidence: Anthropological Approaches to Crime and Tort,' 2015, Centre Jacques Berque, Rabat, Morocco
'Truth, Intentionality and Evidence: Anthropological Approaches to Crime and Tort'
January 29-30, 2015, Centre Jacques Berque, Rabat, Morocco
Organizer: Yazid Ben Hounet (College de France)
The goal of this workshop was to investigate the notion of crime and torts in their contextual definitions, especially in the ways they were perceived by those most concerned. By doing so, we followed Isaac Schapera's suggestion to recognize the importance of understanding the perception of crime. Thus, the workshop intended to report and analyze different perceptions and definitions of actions as crimes or torts depending on the contexts and on people involved in various instances or moments of trials, mediations, and arbitrations. Presentations focused more precisely on the notions of truth, intentionality, and evidence related to the perception and definition of crimes and torts. The presentations consisted of empirical cases from different field sites in France, Italy, Morocco, Mexico, India, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Iran and Algeria. The first day, presentations shed light on the impact of judiciary traditions and cultural categories in the process of assessing crime and tort, technologies of truth finding and the establishment of evidence, the metaphysical knowledge that surround the people engaged in assessing the crime and the tort. The second day, presentations focused more directly on the notions of intentionality and the cultural ideas of truth. The last session was devoted to the notion of truth in trials.
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.
Prato, Dr. Giuliana B., U. of Kent, Kent, UK - To aid IUAES inter-congress on 'Issues of Legitimacy: Entrepreneurial Culture, Corporate Responsibility and Urban Development,' 2012, Naples, Italy, in collaboration with Dr. Italo Pardo
Preliminary Abstract: This Conference will bring together a large field of Anthropologists based in various countries and specializing in a wide range of ethnographic settings. They will be joined by jurists, lawyers and economists to address issues of high contemporary intellectual relevance and of burning public concern raised by today's increasingly competitive global economic scenario. Urban settings are a dominant form of associated life that encapsulate the socio-economic impact of increasingly significant international regulations and flows of capital and people. Governance and the law have generally failed to meet constructively the challenge posed by the complexities and implications of this world-wide phenomenon, thus raising a critical problematic of legitimacy and legitimation. Anthropological analysis has identified entrepreneurial cultures rooted in the morality and ramifications of a 'strong continuous interaction' between the material and the non material. Delegates will reflect on the significance, ramifications and impact, or potential impact, on the broader society of such an empirical sine qua non. The role that individual and collective entrepreneurialism, and the attendant culture and social impact, have to play in such a scenario is much too often frustrated by selective policies and the law. Eschewing confusion between individuality and individualism, anthropologists have demonstrated how this both encourages exclusion and widens the gap between governance and the governed across the world. The Conference will reflect on the distinction between individual action and individualistic goals and on issues of legitimacy and responsibility in socio-economic action and the management of political decision-making. We aim to bring out the contribution that empirically-based analysis has to offer to the broader society, debating such a contribution with ordinary entrepreneurs, professionals and law- and policy-makers. The Conference aims to contribute to key debates in anthropology and to interdisciplinary development of ideas, and to provide the basis for landmark publications.
Lopez, Dr. Sergio, State U. of New York, Potsdam, NY - To aid '2nd AIBR International Conference of Anthropology,' 2016, Barcelona, Spain, in collaboration with Dr. Manuel Delgado Ruiz
Preliminary abstract: Building on the success of its first edition, the 2nd AIBR International Conference of Anthropology brings anthropologists from many different parts of the world under the theme 'Identity: Bridges, Thresholds, and Barriers.' Since the beginnings of our discipline, we have reflected upon the categories, the continuities and discontinuities of being human. Therefore, to what extent are we 'inventing' identity? If we have traditionally drawn a line between identity and alterity, have these essential concepts not served to be the discipline's very barriers? At one level, thinking about who we are requires to discriminate, to define and to separate. At another level it requires to incorporate, to relate, to entangle. These are the vectors by which the idea of identity is 'good to think' and to be thought about, to discuss, and to provoke the anthropological debate that we will engage in at this conference. In the 2nd AIBR International Conference of Anthropology we build on the experience of our first edition, which was held in the city of Madrid (Spain), in July 2015. It hosted a total of 832 delegates who participated in 140 panels. The high turnout in Madrid and the positive feedback that we received from the conference participants shows that there is a need to convene an annual meeting within the context of Ibero-American anthropology (Spain, Portugal, and Latin America). The second edition of this conference will be jointly organized by AIBR (Network of Iberoamerican Anthropologists) and GRECS (Research Group on Control and Social Exclusion, University of Barcelona) during 6-7 September 2015 in the beautiful city of Barcelona (Spain). The theme for this year 'Identity: Bridges, Thresholds, and Barriers' welcomes a large number of proposals and anthropologists from all sub-fields of the discipline. The conference aims to create a space that combines traditional forms of dissemination of knowledge--papers, posters, keynote addresses--with a wide variety of formats to inspire discussion and debate--round tables, documentary films, and book presentations.
Grimson, Dr. Alejandro, U. Nacional de San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina - To aid 'VIII Reunión de Antropología del MERCOSUR: Diversity and Power in Latin America,' 2009, Buenos Aires, in collaboration with Axel Lazzari
'8th Meeting of Anthropology of the Mercosur'
September 29 - October 2, 2009, Buenos Aire, Argentina
Organizers: Alejandro Grimson and Axel Lazzari (Universidad Nacional de San Martín)
'Diversity and Power in Latin America' was the theme for this 8th Meeting of Anthropology of the Mercorsur. Hosted by the Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales (IDEAS) at the National University of San Martin in Bueons Aires, more than 3,000
researchers and graduate students from across Latin America, North America, and Europe gathered to participate in 30 special sessions, 75 working groups, and 14 forums, making this the largest meeting of Anthropology in the Mercosur to date A photographic exhibition, 35 ethnographic films, and a special session on the uses of photography and video in anthropological research were included among many other activities.