Kreinath, Dr. Jens Michael, Wichita State U., Wichita, KS - To aid workshop on 'Ritual and Reflection: Tropes in Transformation and Transgression,' 2008, Ljubljana, Slovenia, in collaboration with Refika Sarionder Kreinath
'Ritual and Reflection: Tropes in Transformation and Transgression'
August 28-29, 2008, Lubljana, Slovenia
Organizers: Jens Kreinath (Wichita State University) and Fefika Sariönder (University of Bielefeld)
The workshop was held during the 2008 meetings of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Its attempt was to overcome the dichotomy of thought and action ubiquitous to ritual theory. The ambition was to establish an interdisciplinary forum that is able to reconfigure these commonly assumed parameters of ritual theory and to elaborate on how theoretic discourse and ritual practice can be conceptually interrelated with one another. The objective was to establish more refined theoretical and meta-theoretical parameters that would enable one to transgress the prevailing theoretical assumptions and help to account for the transformative dynamics of ritual reflexivity and to conceptualize these dynamics as part of the theoretical discourse and ritual practice. Taking these thematic configurations as a point of departure, two epistemological issues were of importance: 1) whether and how rituals can be conceptualized as reflecting, or reflecting upon, the dynamics of social relations; and 2) whether and how theoretical accounts of ritual can be facilitated to analyze more adequately the processes of ritual reflexivity.
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.
Walsh, Dr. Andrew, U. of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada - To aid workshop on 'The Anthropology of Precious Minerals,' 2015, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, in collaboration with Dr. Annabel Vallard
Preliminary abstract: Gemstones, gold, rare earths, and other coveted but ostensibly 'scarce' minerals are 'precious' to humans in two ways: first as hard-to-access materials that miners, traders, collectors, consumers, salvagers and others imagine, pursue and handle with great precision and/or care in a variety of contextually specific ways, and second as highly valued, high-price, natural resources that circulate as commodities through local and global markets. The international workshop proposed here will enable the anthropologists gathered to present, discuss and comment on ethnographic research concerning the variety of ways in which such doubly 'precious' minerals figure in human lives. By proposing that a collection of ornamental and industrial minerals that are not often grouped alongside one another be considered alike in their 'preciousness', we intend to exercise the anthropological prerogative of disrupting assumed classificatory schemas (of which there is no shortage in both mineralogy and anthropology) to productive ends. Presenters will focus specifically on how the preciousness of minerals is a product of two interconnected, relational processes: the first involving miners', traders', investors', collectors', speculators', consumers', salvagers' and other situated actors' engagements (or lack thereof) with the matter of particular minerals, and the second involving these same situated actors' relations with one another in the uneven social, political, and economic networks through which these minerals and information about them circulate. Considering these two processes together in this workshop will enable new understandings of the role of affect and materiality in the formation of intersubjective relations and exchanges, and will help us to grasp what is at stake in markets for 'precious' and 'scarce' resources. The end result of the workshop will be an edited volume.
Pratten, Dr. David, U. of Sussex, Sussex, United Kingdom - To aid conference on 'Global Vigilantes,' 2005, Brighton, in collaboration with Dr. Atreyee Sen
'Global Vigilantes,' July 8-9, 2005, Brighton, England -- Organizers: David Pratten and Atreyee Sen (University of Sussex). This workshop of 30 anthropologists from around the world sought to determine when, where, and why vigilantes operate, based on their research from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Overall, the workshop highlighted anthropology's central role in understanding the complexity of vigilante dynamics in a context of increasingly polarized global rhetorics of security and insecurity, order and disorder. While recognizing the moral unease with which researchers themselves confront vigilantism the papers presented offered an unsentimental anthropology of politics and violence. Most significantly the papers illustrated the complexity and contingency of vigilantism and collectively argued that there is no easy reflex linking global geopolitical dynamics to the localized imperatives of vigilante violence.
Bain, Dr. Allison, U. Laval, Quebec, QC, Canada - To aid conference on 'The View from Here: History and Ecology of the North Atlantic Region,' 2006, U. Laval, in collaboration with Dr. James Woollett
'The View from Here: History and Ecology of the North Atlantic Region'
September 20-24, 2006, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
Organizers: Dr. Allison Bain and Dr. James Woollett (Université Laval)
The goal of the conference was to showcase and disseminate results of current research projects concerning the complex (pre)history of human occupation of the North Atlantic region and the culture-environment interactions that have shaped its ecological history. The North Atlantic -- defined in very broad terms here to include Scandinavia, the North Atlantic islands, Greenland, the Eastern Arctic and the Gulf of St. Lawrence -- has been the locus of significant cultural interactions and migrations on regional and intercontinental scales over long periods of time. The conference provided a venue for discussion and interaction between the disparate members of the northern research world including ethnographers, archaeologists, geographers, environmental scientists, and members of northern communities representing the indigenous governments of Nunavik (Northern Québec) and Nunatsiavut (Labrador). In addition to thematically organized paper and poster sessions, two workshops were organized on the 'Impacts of Environmental Change in Northern Communities' and 'Developing Cooperative Research Agendas within Northern Communities.' The conference resulted in the launching of several new multidisciplinary projects and a new working group, and several conference papers are to be published in a new journal on the North Atlantic. These papers and projects make use of new methods, approaches, and data sources that are informed by the lived human experience of current environmental changes and their socioeconomic impacts, as well as by the concerns and priorities of northern communities regarding scientific research.
Inst. Nacional de Anthropologia y Pensamient LatinoAmericano
March 7, 2007
Rolandi, Dr. Diana Susana, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia, Buenos Aires, Argentina - To aid ISFNR interim conference on Folk Narrative Studies, 2007, Santa Rosa, Argentina, in collaboration with Ana Maria Dupey
'Folk Narrative and Society'
September 20-22, 2007, Santa Rosa la Pampa, Argentina
Organizers: Diana Rolandi and Ana María Dupey (Instituto Nacional de Antrhopología, Buenos Aires) and María Inés Poduje (Departamento Investigaciones Culturales, La Pampa)
This meeting was an interim conference of the International Society of Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR). More than 120 folklorists and anthropologists from 24 countries attended the proceedings, presenting over 90 papers in five major sessions. Among the main themes of the conference were 'Folk Narrative and Mass Media,' 'Folk Narrative and the Construction of Social Identities,' 'Folk Narrative and Social Memories,' and 'Storytellers and their Audiences in the Narrative Event.' In addition to academic sessions, participants enjoyed excursions to the adjacent regions of Santa Rosa.
MacGinnis, Dr. John, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, UK - To aid workshop on 'The Provincial Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire,' 2012, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
'The Provincial Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire'
December 12-15, 2012, U. of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Organizer: Dr. John MacGinnis (U. Cambridge)
The Assyrian empire was the world's first great multinational empire. Transmitted via the Achaemenid, Hellenistic, and Roman empires, it helped lay the foundations of the modern world. Its geographical encompass was immense, stretching from Egypt to Iran and from southeastern Turkey to the Gulf. How was this vast territory governed? Who populated it and how did this change under the impact of Assyrian imperialism? How were these people fed? What shaped relations between core and periphery and indeed between provincial centres? To address these questions, a conference was convened in the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at University of Cambridge, with the aim of bringing together leading scholars from across the Middle East, North America, Europe and the United Kingdom representing the major field projects working on provincial sites of the empire Assyrian currently underway (or recently completed) and offering a platform for sharing new results, new insights and new approaches within the research community. The co-operation included the sharing of data from sites across the empire, representing the footprint of Assyrian rule in modern today Israel, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, and with papers reviewing material datasets such as stamp seals, metalwork, glazed ceramics and 'palace ware' pottery, as well as methodological issues such as hybridisation and Assyrianisation, the identification of deportee communities, the degree to which literacy permeated the administrative bureaucracy, economic strategies and the exploitation of the land and natural resources.
Goldin, Dr. Liliana, Florida International U., Miami, FL - To aid '70th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology,' 2010, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
'70th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology'
March 24-28, 2010, Merida, Mexico
Organizers: Liliana R. Goldin (Florida International University)
Support from Wenner-Gren was instrumental in funding two panels composed of eleven Latin American scholars from Guatemala and Argentina. The first panel, entitled 'Human Development, Poverty and Inequality in Guatemala,' was composed of members of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The second panel, entitled 'Transnational
Transformations, Local Responses: Argentine Anthropology Facing Globalization,' was composed of anthropologists from CONICET (Argentinean Scientific Research Council) as well as the University of Misiones and SUNY Binghamton. Both panels highlighted the excellence in research conducted by Latin American colleagues and showcased the sophisticated ways in which anthropologists engage problem-solving in what according to some measures constitute the margins of the world economy. The conference theme invited the exploration of the effects of globalization on the peoples with whom applied social scientists work resulting in higher levels of exclusion of vulnerability. As a result of the need for increased collaboration in interdisciplinary and transnational teams, the conference encouraged the discussion on the innovative theories and methods employed to make sense out of such complicated and interrelated problems.