Preliminary abstract: Indigenous Peoples and Museums: Unraveling The Tensions, an Inter-Congress of the World Archaeological Congress, will explore issues associated with concerns expressed by Indigenous peoples that museums regularly misrepresent their cultures, lives, and heritage. An extension of their general suspicions about anthropological research, Indigenous people understand that museums that are heavily reliant on anthropology are a primary information source about their lives for non-Indigenous people.
Preliminary abstract: Cultural anthropology's canonical methodology, ethnography, has had lives beyond our discipline. In particular it has been taken up in recent transdisciplinary 'design' initiatives as object of inquiry. In this workshop, we propose to examine how our discipline's primary methodology has been transformed by its use in different contexts and to bring those insights back to anthropological practice. 'Productive Encounters' will be the culmination of a two-year project on the part of ethnographers within the University of California system.
Preliminary abstract: The workshop's goal is to conduct intensive discussions about current theoretical and applied anthropological knowledge to offer specific recommendations for defining, applying, and presenting cultural heritage in a fair and equitable manner that ensures the role of the past in contemporary society and the continued connection and benefit of individuals, communities, and nations with their pasts. Heritage support must remain competitive at levels where policy crafting and revision, resource allocation, planning, and consultation takes place.
'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)
'Human Warfare: An Integrative Anthropological Perspective'
October 16-18, 2008, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Organizers: Frances J. White and Douglas Kennett, University of Oregon
Preliminary abstract: This workshop aims to develop a unified anthropological perspective on the formation, contestation and fragility of natural resource environments. The anthropological study of resource environments, a field with a long and continuous trajectory, is currently undergoing a resurgence as a result of such factors as the growing public anxiety regarding accelerated resource depletion, the rising notoriety of resource-related conflicts and disasters, and the turn to materiality in anthropology more broadly.
'The World Heritage of Human Origins'
April 17-21, 2007, Australia Museum in Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Organizers: Michael C. Westaway and Gary Pappin (Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area - Buronga, Australia)