King, Dr. Barbara J., College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA - To aid workshop on beyond interactivity: applying dynamic systems theory to the study of great apes and humans, 2004, Harpers Ferry
'Beyond Interactivity: Applying Dynamic Systems Theory to the Study of Great Apes and Humans,' April 15-18, 2004, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia -- Organizer: Barbara J. King (College of William and Mary). This workshop brought together eight anthropologists and psychologists who study the social behavior of primates using dynamic-systems theory (DST). Participants shared an interest in studying social behavior, cognition, and communication by looking at dyads, triads, and groups as systems of internally related parts. The goal was to exchange and create ideas about which methods to use in moving beyond simple, additive models of interactions (A acts, B responds, A responds, and so on) in order to measure systems-level action (AB as a unit negotiates meaning, leading to potential creativity and transformation). Using video data, participants discussed qualitative and quantitative methods appropriate for each speaker's current and future work. New ideas emerged for ways to measure not only meaning-making but also long-term changes in relationship patterns in dyads, triads, and subgroups of baboons, gorillas, bonobos, chimpanzees, and humans, including developmentally disabled children and adults.
Venkatesan, Dr. Soumhya, U. of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom - To aid workshop on 'Differentiating Development: Beyond an Anthropology of Critique,' 2008, Buxton, UK, in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Yarrow
'Differentiating Development: Beyond an Anthropology of Critique'
September 16-18, 2008, Buxton, United Kingdom
Organizers: Soumhya Venkatesan and Thomas Yarrow (University of Manchester)
This workshop aimed to move beyond the negative, critical approach that has characterized anthropological studies of development and reveal development practice in a less disenchanted light, showing how such practices can be used to re-think anthropology?s own concepts and assumptions. The meeting brought together senior academics, early career
anthropologists, and Ph.D. students whose innovative work within different theoretical and geographical research traditions had largely emerged in parallel. By fostering sustained focussed debate between these, the workshop shed new light on the diverse ideas and agendas that compel commitment to the practice of development, and helped to reveal how development discourses are used by diverse actors to articulate complex moral and ethical issues. Throughout the workshop participants examined anthropology?s own entanglements with development, raising wider questions as to how anthropology can become more 'engaged' without being narrowly 'applied.' In addition to revealing new ethnographic insight, these discussions have helped to cohere a more focussed intellectual agenda that will provide stimulus for future publications and research activities. An edited volume based on the proceedings of the workshop is under preparation.
Pocs, Dr. Eva, U. of Pecs, Pecs, Hungary - To aid workshop on 'Spirit Possession. European Contributions to Comparative Studies,' 2012, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pecs, in collaboration with Dr.Andras Zempleni
Preliminary abstract: European conceptions and rituals of spirit possession described by historians and ethnographers of Western and Eastern Europe have never been compared systematically with those observed by anthropologists elsewhere in the world. This workshop intends to trigger an exchange of ideas between qualified representatives of these oddly separated research communities in order to reformulate some basic questions recently raised in comparative anthropology of possession. Anthropological studies are still rooted in European notions of body-soul dualism, concepts of self and personhood, and they convey a whole set of presuppositions inherited from Christian models of ?good' and ?bad' possession. This legacy and these lasting presuppositions will be reviewed in a debate with historians of Europe going back to their origins. We expect a significant contribution of the workshop to ongoing anthropological attempts to redefine the very notion of possession to be freed from the western notion of the self and more clearly delineated from related idioms such as witchcraft, devotion, mysticism etc. European studies which have long been faced at a diachronic level with the thorny issue of delineation may both contribute to and benefit from ongoing anthropological studies focused on interactive transformations of official and popular concepts of possession competing in the contemporary transnationalized religious spaces of the Americas. New field data to be presented on the contents of messages issued by North-Indian and Malagasy mediums in a state of trance may incite both camps to revise former ideas on the nature of 'communication' triggered by trance. A pioneering anthropological approach, experimentally extended to European models, will address African possession rites as a form of indigenous historiography. This perspective promises to become another meaningful meeting point between Europeanists, Africanists, Americanists and Indianists.
Laviolette, Dr. Patrick, Tallinn U.,Tallinn, Estonia - To aid ' 13th EASA conference on Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution: Innovation and Continuity in an Interconnected World,' 2014, Tallinn U., in collaboration with Dr. Noel Salazar
Preliminary abstract: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of EASA's inaugural meeting, this conference coincides with a quarter-century since the end of the Cold War and the events that triggered dramatic changes around the world. The conference will be held in a region that experienced first-hand the socio-political reconfigurations emerging around that time. This conference aptly revolves around the complex intimacies and collaborations at play in bringing about revolutionary change. 20th century social theory, which accounts for the majority of anthropology's professional history, was characterised, amongst other things, by the belief that anthropos was a selfish and competitive being. The new millennium has distinguished itself already by new forms of empirical data, conceptual innovation, cross-disciplinary theorising, and vanguard technologies, which acknowledge, even multiply, anthropos' potential for cooperation. These topics will form the core of the conference, reflected in the opening keynote and three plenaries, as well as in a number of panel/laboratory sessions.
Engelbrecht, Dr. Beate, Institute for Scientific Research, Goettingen, Germany - To aid conference on origins of visual anthropology: putting the past together, 2000, IWF- Institute for Scientific Film, in collaboration with Dr. Rolf Husmann
Audouze, Dr. Francoise, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France - To aid 10th annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), 2004, Lyon, in collaboration with Dr. Anthony F. Harding
'Tenth Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA).' September 8-12, 2004, Lyon University, Lyon, France -- Organizers: Francoise Audouze (CNRS) and Anthony F. Harding (University of Exeter). The tenth annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists drew 806 delegates from 40 countries. Funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation enabled 25 scholars from Eastern Europe to attend the meetings by defraying their travel and accommodation expenses, conference fees, or both. This year's meeting comprised 54 academic sessions at which scholars presented more than 401 individual papers. Six roundtable discussions took place, as well as a poster exhibition with displays from nine institutions. The EAA annual meeting is a major event for European archaeologists. This year's academic sessions, poster exhibitions, and roundtable discussions were complemented by a variety of conference-sponsored social events to provide attendees with opportunities to establish connections and network with colleagues from abroad.
Willems, Dr. Willem J.H., Leiden U., Leiden, The Netherlands - To aid '16th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA),' 2010, Leiden U., in collaboration with Dr. Friedrich Luth
'16th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA)'
September 1-5, 2010, The Hague, Netherlands
Organizers: Willem Willems (Leiden University) and Friedrich Lüth (German Archaeological Institute)
Approximately 1026 archaeologists from more than 50 countries attended the EAA meeting in The Hague, Netherlands. Altogether 536 papers and 64 posters, organized into 71 sessions and round tables, were delivered. The main thematic areas were: Archaeological Heritage Resource Management (11 sessions); Interpreting the Archaeological Record (45
sessions); and Perspectives on Archaeology in the Modern World (15 sessions). Chronologically, the contributions ranged from early Palaeolithic to the modernity and included current matters related with archaeology in Europe. The electronic and printed program contained abstracts of all the papers and posters, the same as a directory of the participants. Forty-two archaeologists from Eastern and Central Europe were able to attend the meeting thanks to support from Wenner-Gren. Funding covered travel and accommodation expenses and, to a lesser degree, conference registration fees. This year?s
academic sessions and roundtable discussions were complemented by a variety of conference-sponsored social events and excursions to archaeological sites as well as by an exhibition of archaeological literature.
Ribeiro, Dr. Gustavo L., U. de Brasilia, Brasilia, DF - To aid conference on world anthropologies: strengthening the international organization and effectiveness of the profession, 2004, Recife, Brazil, in collaboration with Dr. Paul E. Little
'World Anthropologies: Strengthening the International Organization and Effectiveness of the Profession,' June 9-14, 2004, Recife, Brazil -- Organizers: Gustavo L. Ribeiro and Paul E. Little (Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil). This conference, held immediately before the twenty-fourth biannual meeting of the Association of Brazilian Anthropologists (ABA), brought together 14 presidents of national and international anthropological organizations to discuss and propose mechanisms for a much needed increase in international cooperation in the discipline of anthropology. Participants orally presented and discussed papers on the associations they represented. They decided unanimously to create a World Council of Anthropological Associations. A declaration was signed whereby the presidents of the associations committed themselves to creating the WCAA and to seeking approval for WCAA membership through the constitutional mechanisms appropriate to their organizations. The results of the conference were also presented and debated during the ABA meeting.
Lins Ribeiro, Gustavo, and Arturo Escobar (eds.) 2006. World Anthropologies: Disciplinary Transformations within Systems of Power. Berg Publishers: Oxford and New York.
Lins Ribeiro, Gustavo. 2006. World Anthropologies: Cosmopolitics for a New Global Scenario in Anthropology. Critique of Anthropology 26(4):363-386.
Lonsdorf, Dr. Elizabeth V., Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL - To aid conference on 'The mind of the chimpanzee,' 2007, Lincoln Park Zoo, in collaboration with Stephen R. Ross
'The Mind of the Chimpanzee'
March 22-25, 2007, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois
Organizers: Dr. Elizabeth V. Lonsdorf and Dr. Stephen R. Ross (Lincoln Park Zoo)
The conference, hosted by the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo, followed in the tradition of a previous series of symposia on 'Understanding Chimpanzees,' convened in Chicago in 1986 and 1991. These landmark conferences brought together researchers from different national and scientific cultures working on the various aspects of chimpanzee behavior to further the understanding of chimpanzee behavior. Building on the success of these earlier meetings, 'The Mind of the Chimpanzee' focused on chimpanzee cognitive abilities, and presenters approached this topic from both ecological and empirical perspectives. The roster of speakers included the most recognized experts on the topic as well as the 'next generation' of junior chimpanzee researchers in order to share new research findings, generate new collaborative research partnerships, and examine how studying the chimpanzee mind impacts chimpanzee care and conservation. Twenty-eight presentations were given over the course of the meeting and 40 posters were presented during a special session. The conference concluded with public presentations by Dr. Richard Wrangham and Dr. Jane Goodall to a sold-out audience of 1800 people, who listened to summaries of the research presented during the academic portion of the conference.