Westaway, Michael C., Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, Buronga, Australia - To aid conference on 'The World Heritage of Human Origins,' 2007, Willandra Lakes, Australia, in collaboration with Gary Pappin
'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)
Wenner-Gren funding was used to bring six international representatives from Europe, Asia, and Africa to the conference to discuss current issues within six World Heritage Areas. Experts discussed issues pertaining to a number of major themes, including 'Promoting Scientific Research,' 'Public Education,' 'Management and Conservation,' and 'Indigenous Values and Beliefs.' Another important discussion at the outset of the conference focused on the under-representation of hominid evolution sites on the World Heritage list, and papers were presented on three potential sites: Flores, Sri Lanka, and
Murray Basin. Following the conference, participants toured the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area with some of the original investigators, as well as Aboriginal elders from the Three Aboriginal Tribal Groups who are the present-day custodians for the area. The meeting provided an important networking opportunity, and collaborations among participants have already begun.
Levi, Dr. Margaret, Stanford U., Stanford, CA - To aid workshop on 'Anthropological Epistemology and Cross-Cultural Metacategories,' 2015, Stanford U., in collaboration with Dr. Howard Morphy
Preliminary abstract: The aim of the workshop is to generate reflective discourse on anthropological epistemology. The workshop has both pragmatic and exploratory objectives, building on the theme of cross-cultural/cross-temporal meta-categories in the context of anthropology as interdisciplinary environment for research into human society. Historically anthropology has implicitly created meta-categories for a discourse that encompass different but synergistic ways of thinking about things and acting in the world -- art, aesthetics, gender, family, household, law, property, mind, and so on. The cross-cultural and/or cross-temporal meta-category is dialogic. It exists between different local categorizations, yet simultaneously strives to encompass difference. Recently a tension has developed anthropology between theoretical perspectives which focus on the problematization of boundaries and the dissolution of categories and those earlier perspectives which attempted to develop cross-cultural meta-categories in order to understand the diversity of human societies and the nature of regional trajectories. This workshop has the potential to influence future directions by reflecting on the terminologies employed and the perspectives that lie behind them and placing them in the context of the history of the discipline and the dialogical nature of the relationships with the subjects of their research.
Barrantes, Dr. Ramiro, U. de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica - To aid 'XII Meeting of the Latin American Association of Biological Anthropology (ALAB),' 2012, San Jose, in collaboration with Dr. Silvia Salgado Gonzalez
'XII Congreso de la Associación Latinoamericana de Antropología Biológica (ALAB)'
November 13-16, 2012. San Jose, Costa Rica
Organizers: Ramiro Barrantes and Silvia Salgado González (U. of Costa Rica)
This twelfth meeting of the Latin American Association of Biological Anthropology (ALAB) was held was organized in collaboration with the Departments of Anthropology and Biology at the University of Costa Rica. Financial support was provided by the University of Costa Rica, the Costa Rican Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Eight symposia, forty free presentations, and thirty-nine posters were presented and one hundred forty researchers and students attended the meeting. Participants discussed such topics as the evolution of human health, anthropological and forensic genetics, biological and cultural co-evolution, and ethics and humans rights. Detailed information about the congress, schedule and results of the activity can be found on the website http://xii-congreso-alab-2012.org/
Moraga, Dr. Mauricio, U. de Chile, Santiago, Chile - To aid 'XIII Meeting of the Latin American Association of Biological Anthropology (ALAB),' 2014, Santiago, in collaboration with Dr. Sergio Flores
Preliminary abstract: The ALAB meeting is organized every two years in order to offer the opportinity for upcoming and established scientists from Latin America to exchange their scientific experience. In this opportunity, the XIII meeting of the Latin American Association of Biological Anthropology will take place in the city of Santiago, Chile, in October 2014. We will be expecting around 300-350 participants, including students and professionals from several Latin American and other countries. Our aims are joining distinct scholars known by their significant contribution to the Biological Anthropology field, particularly to the Latin American research, and to create a healthy environment for allowing contact between scholars and students, as well as to promote future collaborative studies to solve particular anthropological issues.
Gallagher, Dr. Andrew, U. of Witwatersrand Medical School, Johannesburg, South Africa - To aid conference on 'African Genesis': A celebration of Taung hominid and the career of Phillip Tobias, 2006, Johannesburg, in collaboration with Dr. Colin Menter
The African Genesis Symposium convened in Johannesburg, South Africa, January 8-14, 2006, and focussed on critical issues relating to the origins, divergence and radiation of early and later hominids in the African Continent. More than 70 International Delegates (invited participants, scholars, and students) attended the Symposium as did South African scholars, students, interested amateurs, and members of the public. The opening cocktail party coincided with the opening of a temporary gallery of original fossil hominids and casts of recent discoveries in Africa and West Asia. The scientific programme and subsequent discussion sessions were both stimulating and profitable. The first colloquium included presentations by Professor Michel Brunet, Professor Martin Pickford and Professor Brigitte Senut on the spectacular new discoveries of early hominids from Chad and Kenya. Presentations by Professor Bill Jungers and Professor Dean Falk considered aspects of the functional morphology and palaeobiology of Homo floresiensis and its bearing on earlier hominids. Professor David Lordkipanidze and Professor Philip Rightmire detailed the morphological and evolutionary significance of the earliest hominids from Dmanisi, Georgia. Professor Fred Spoor presented evidence of new discoveries of Australopithecus and Homo from the Pliocene and Pleistocene of the Lake Turkana basin.
Herle, Dr. Anita, U. Cambridge, Cambridge, UK - To aid preparation of personal research materials of Dr. Marilyn Strathern for archival deposit with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, UK - Historical Archives Program
Tehrani, Dr. Jamshid, Durham U., Durham, UK - To aid annual conference of 'European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA),' 2012, Durham U., in collaboration with Dr. Robert Barton
Preliminary Abstract: The aim of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA) Conference is to create an annual multidisciplinary international forum in which researchers applying evolutionary theory to human behaviour can meet and exchange ideas. Evolutionary explanations of human behaviour, including human behavioural ecology, evolutionary psychology and cultural evolution, now provide important perspectives in anthropology and related disciplines. We aim to bring together researchers from these fields to foster discussion and collaboration both within Europe, which until recently lacked such a forum, and with other prominent research regions including the USA. The EHBEA mission statement explicitly supports the integration of these different approaches and their application to a wide range of theoretical and applied topics, such as subsistence, kinship, medicine, archaeology and economics.