Danda, Dr. Ajith, Indian Anthropological Society, Kolkata, India - To aid Golden Jubilee conference of IAS on 'Locating Alternative Voices of Anthropology,' 2011, Kolkata, in collaboration with Dr. Rajat Kanti Das
Preliminary abstract: The International Symposium proposed to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Indian Anthropological Society will have the following dual objectives :1) To eveluate the contributions of anthropologists : Euro-American, Afro-Asian, and Latin American in the light of dualism : Western vs. non-Western, that pervades the field of anthropology. 2) To evaluate the contributions of intellectuals, social thinkers, and literary figures toward anthropology in the Indian contexts. The Western view of anthropology, as a political and colonial discourse, has been countered by anthropologists from Asia, Africa, and Latin America in a way that may be understood as being based upon a rhetoric of equality reflected in the establishment of self-identity. It has discovered a voice to defend the rights of indigenes, tribes, and ethnic groups who were so long considered as products of a process of exclusion (Lindquist : 1966, Hulme : 1986,Todavor : 1987, Said : 1978, Mason : 1990, Thomas 1991, Danda : 1995, de-Certeau :1997). Though the American and European imagery of 'otherness' has been questened time and again, the Western discourses and practices are still regarded as guidelines for others to follow. Isn't it possible to look at anything but a product of the Western discourses and practices? This is the major issue to be debated in the proposed symposium.
Gjording, Karin Jane, San Francisco, CA - To aid preparation of the personal research materials of Dr. Chris Gjording for archival deposit with the National Anthropological Archives, Suitland, Maryland
Tavel, Aviva Mintz, Indianapolis, Indiana - To aid preparation of the personal research materials and film collection of Jerome Mintz for archival deposit with the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Suitland, Maryland
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.
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.
Maranda, Dr. Pierre, Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada - To aid preparation of the unpublished research materials of Dr. Elli Kongas Maranda for archival deposit with the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, Canada
Pollard, Dr. Tessa M., U. of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom - To aid conference on 'Early Life Influences on Women's Reproductive Function and Health,' 2005, U. of Durham
'Early Life Influences on Women's Reproductive Function and Health,' March 9-10, 2005, Durham, United Kingdom -- Organizers: Tessa Pollard. This workshop was designed to bring together researchers working on an emerging area of interest within biological anthropology. Biological anthropologists at Harvard, London, Krakow and Durham are currently working to test developmental hypotheses of ovarian function, and the first aim of the workshop was to allow those groups to share methods, results, and ideas, and to work to develop theory and research strategies for the future. Some epidemiologists in the UK have been working on related hypotheses and a further aim was to develop dialogue between anthropology and epidemiology, and to make full use of findings from epidemiology for the development of theory within anthropology. Both aims were achieved at an enjoyable, relaxed event, which allowed for plenty of discussion. It was particularly notable that most of the epidemiologists were previously unaware of the theoretical work done by anthropologists in this area, while the anthropologists found results from the epidemiological cohort studies impressive and stimulating.