Moore, Dr. Jerry D., California State U. Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA - To aid workshop on 'Divergent Trajectories to Prehistoric Social Complexity in the Equatorial Andes: Un Taller Móvil,' 2010, Quito, Ecuador, in collaboration with Dr. Francisco Valdez
'Divergent Trajectories towards Social Complexity: Formative Transformations in the Equatorial Andes'
July 1-17, 2010, Ecuador and Peru (multiple locations)
Organizers: Jerry D. Moore (California State U. Dominguez Hills) and Francisco Valdez (Institute de Recherche pour la Développement)
This workshop brought together Peruvian and Ecuadorian archaeologists investigating the prehistoric origins of social complexity and settled village life in the equatorial Andes of southern Ecuador and northern Peru. These Formative societies apparently were broadly contemporary (circa 3000 - 1000 BCE), independent, but interacting-resulting in a complex mosaic of archaeological patterns on both sides of the international border between Peru and Ecuador. Rather than a conventional conference, this seminar occurred at multi-sited venues over 2500 km-archaeological sites, museums, research labs and field stations-where archaeologists could examine and discuss artifactual materials and sites first-hand. In addition, a series of events were held in La Libertad and Cuenca, Ecuador, and in Tumbes and Piura, Peru; these four seminars were open to the public, and were attended by more than 300 people. The workshop also established the ground-work for future, binational collaborative archaeological research and heritage management programs such as field investigations, publications, and the establishment of a moderated Web page to support the continued exchange of scientific information between Peruvian and Ecuadorian archaeologists.
Int'l Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences
October 4, 2002
Intl. Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences, Florence, Italy (through Executive Secretary, IUAES) - To aid 15th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 2003, Florence
Chua, Dr. Liana Cheng Lian, Brunel U., London, UK - To aid workshop on 'Who Are We? Reimagining Alterity and Affinity in Anthropology,' 2014, Cambridge U., in collaboration with Dr. Nayanika Mathur
Preliminary abstract: This workshop revolves around the myriad ways in which anthropologists construe and conduct themselves as part of larger communities, movements, and disciplines, and the implications of these practices for our understandings of difference and similarity. Although the ethnographic 'other' has been subject to endless investigation and description, less attention has been paid to its implicit foil -- the anthropological 'we'. Yet the the tacit assumption of belonging and speaking to an intellectual collective is often pivotal to conceptualizations and theories of alterity, which remains a mainstay of anthropological knowledge-making. This workshop seeks to lay bare the relationship between forms and ideas of anthropological affinity and broader issues of alterity and affinity in ethnographic theory, practice, and writing. Explicitly plural and international in scope, it will invite scholars from around the world to interrogate questions about anthropology's composition, ethico-political agendas, and futures. In the process, it will build on existing reflexive trends within anthropology while extending them beyond the influence of post-modernism and the Euro-American circles in which they have mostly occurred. As the discipline becomes increasingly public, 'engaged,' and global, this workshop will be a timely and democratizing intervention that will engender new understandings of how anthropology is crafted and mobilized.
Srivastava, Dr. Sanjay, Deakin U., Melbourne, Australia - To aid workshop on 'In Relation To. New Cultures of Intimacy and Togetherness in Asia,' 2009, New Delhi, India, in collaboration with Dr. Brinda Bose
'New Cultures of Intimacy and Togetherness in Asia'
February 5-7, 2009, Nehru Memorial Library, Delhi, India
Organizers: Sanjay Srivastava (Deakin University) and Brinda Bose (University of Delhi)
This conference sought to initiate an interdisciplinary dialogue between anthropologists and those working in areas such as gender studies, film/media studies, popular culture, and urban studies in order to explore emerging cultures of intimacies and friendship in contemporary non-Western contexts. It was held on the premises of the Nehru Memorial Library and Museum in Delhi. Countries represented included China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, as well as scholars from the United Kingdom and United States. There was wide ranging discussion over the three days on a diverse range of topics. These included intimacies and new forms of public transport in India, urban queer cultures in Delhi, sexualities and the public sphere in Thailand, non-heterosexual intimacy in contemporary Indonesian cinema, 'informal' marriages in Indonesia, transvestite cultures in Burma, and the marriage-brokering business in Taiwan. The diverse background of the
audience—anthropologists, sociologists, historians, literature specialists, media scholars, and representatives from NGOs—also enhanced the nature of the interaction. January is a 'conference-heavy' month in Delhi; however, notwithstanding several competing engagements, attendance on all days of the event was extremely high (60 to 70 persons). The organizers are negotiating with Routledge for publication of conference proceedings.
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.
Koizumi, Dr. Junji, Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology, Tokyo, Japan - To aid 'JASCA 50th Anniversary Conference + IUAES Inter-Congress,' 2014, Makuhari, Chiba, Japan, in collaboration with Ms. Eisei Kurimoto
'JASCA 50th Anniversary Conference + IUAES Inter-Congress 2014'
May 15-18, 2014, Makuhari Messe, Chiba City, Japan
Organizers: Junji Koizumi (JASCA) and Eisei Kurimoto (Osaka U.)
The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA) held its 50th Anniversary Conference jointly with the 2014 Inter-Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences under the general theme of 'The Future with/of Anthropologies.' The conference brought together 937 delegates from 59 countries, 463 of whom were international. More than 1,400 participants were present including those who attended the JASCA domestic meeting simultaneously held at the same venue. Some 137 panels were organized in total along with three keynote lectures by Marilyn Strathern, James Ferguson, and Claudio Lomnitz. Another sixteen IUAES Commissions organized their own panels, and fifteen cooperating associations held their panels, roundtables, and symposia. The conference brought forth engaged discussion on the relevance of anthropology as a field and for humanity, and created a strengthened platform for the discussion of world anthropologies and the collaboration of the WCAA and the IUAES. The event also played a significant role in bringing Japanese anthropology, which has historically remained distinct and relatively unnoticed internationally, to a wider global arena.
Dilley, Dr. Roy, U. of St. Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom - To aid 'Visual Representations of Iran: Conference, Film Season, Photographic Exhibition,' 2008, U. of St. Andrews, in collaboration with Dr. Pedram Khosronejad
'Visual Representations of Iran: Conference, Film Season, and Photographic Exhibition'
13-16 June 2008, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland
Organizers: Dr. Roy Dilley and Dr. Pedram Khosronejad (University of St. Andrews)
The aim of this meeting (including a conference, a film season, and a photographic exhibition) was to interpret and theorize visual representations of Iran in ethnographic and documentary films, as well as other visual art forms. Incorporating both Iranian and non-Iranian visualizations, the goal of this conference was to explore anthropologically the wide range of filmic representations of Iran, including the particular genre of ethnographic documentary as an object of analysis within a wider understanding of Visual Anthropology. The conference gathered together anthropologists, ethnographers, film-makers, photographers and artists from Iran and elsewhere who were interested in the visual representation of Iran, with the aim of bringing them into an international dialogue and debate about key academic, aesthetic, moral, and political issues in the area. This conference inaugurated a series of new intellectual developments at the University of St. Andrews, including the recent establishment of a new post in the Anthropology of Iran (the only one in the UK) in the Department of Social Anthropology, of a new Department of Film Studies, and of an Institute for Iranian Studies. This conference was a means of celebrating these various initiatives and of bringing together local staff and international scholars who have interests in the visual representation of Iran.
Alemseged, Dr. Zeresenay, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA - To aid 'Third Conference of East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology,' 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in collaboration with Dr. Jackson Njau
Preliminary abstract: The East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP), in association with the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) of the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, proposes to hold its third biannual conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from August 8 to August 12, 2011. The aim of this conference is to bring African and international researchers together to share scientific knowledge and discuss issues pertaining to research, museum ethics, policy and practice. The aim of the requested funds from the Wenner-Gren Foundation is to facilitate travel and accommodation of scholars from eastern African countries, which will enable them to present their research in this international forum. A total of 20 participants from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Djibouti, Eritrea and Ethiopia will be supported by the proposed grant. We anticipate this conference will raise awareness of paleoanthropology and paleontology within Africa, and internationally. Our two previous conferences have inspired strong participation from the region and have proved instrumental in promoting discussions among diverse groups of researchers at different professional levels. Furthermore, policy makers from various nations represented at EAAPP have identified many shared problems and common grounds for solving diverse issues pertaining to heritage management and safeguarding.
Torres, Dr. Marta Gabriela, Wheaton College, Norton, MA - To aid workshop on 'Global Perspectives on Sexual Violence in Marriage,' 2013, Wheaton College, in collaboration with Dr. Kersi Yllo
Global Perspectives on Sexual Violence in Marriage
May 28-31, 2013, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts
Organizers: Dr. Marta Torres and Dr. Kersi Yllo (Wheaton College)
The workshop joined senior scholars who pioneered the study of marital rape and violence against women and leading scholars currently engaged in global advocacy to curtail violence against women with anthropologists. The workshop aimed to engage anthropologists already immersed in the study of violence, gender and kinship into active scholarship on marital rape. Anthropology's systematic questioning of cultural categories emerged as key in developing applicable cross-cultural definitions of sexual violence in marriage. The workshop interrogated the ways that Human Rights and Public Health programs that seek to redress women's social suffering, though imminently necessary, can also work to extend US/European notions of the self, body, gender, consent, marriage, intimacy and law. During the workshop participants also analyzed the role of states play in supporting intimate partner sexual violence through judicial structures, social services and the ways that incidences of sexual violence are recorded and monitored. Finally, anthropology was seen as key to deciphering the ways that changing forms of intimacy will impact notions of the self, body, gender, and consent. This meeting was the first ever scholarly gathering to directly focus on marital rape, a source of widespread social suffering with important human rights and public health implications.
Pina Cabral, Dr. Joao de, U. of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal - To aid conference on 'An Epistemology for Anthropology,' 2007, U. of Lisbon, in collaboration with Dr. Christina Toren
'An Epistemology for Anthropology'
20-23 September, 2007, Institute of Social Sciences, Lisbon, Portugal
Organizers: João de Pina-Cabral (Institute of Social Sciences, Lisbon) and Christina Toren (St. Andrew's University, Scotland)
This closed symposium brought together 12 scholars from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, Japan, Portugal, Scotland, and Spain to discuss the question, 'What are the epistemological implications for the undertaking of both anthropology and ethnography today?' In the ensuing debate, while it became clear that a number of concepts in the papers were being understood differently by the participants and that there were sharp disagreements concerning the theoretical agenda, the richness of the debate and the way it threw back on the meaning of the papers was perhaps the most evident sign of how necessary and timely this symposium was.