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
Hendry, Dr. Rosemary J., Oxford Brookes U., Oxford, United Kingdom - To aid workshop on 'Seeking Bridges between Anthropology and Indigenous/Native /Aboriginal Studies,' 2009, Oxford Brookes U., in collaboration with Dr. Laara Fitznor
'Seeking Bridges between Anthropology and Indigenous/Native/Aboriginal Studies'
June 14-18, 2009, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom
Organizers: Rosemary J. Hendry (Oxford Brookes University) and Laara Fitznor (University of Manitoba)
The aim of this workshop was to seek bridges between anthropologists engaged in the study of the arts and cultures of Indigenous/ Native/ Aboriginal peoples, and indigenous scholars who have often rejected anthropology to specialize in the reclamation and study of their own traditional knowledge and world views. Wenner-Gren funding helped cover participants?
travel expenses, including those of several indigenous scholars from around the world. Presentations were made on five basic themes, including a historical overview, the universality of science, the senses as a way of knowing and the postcolonial situation of indigenous people with respect to museology and reconciliation. Plenty of time was included for dialogue and discussion in smaller groups, and conclusions included assessments of the reasons for the continuing gap, as well as proposals for future cooperation and collaboration. Several outcomes are planned, including two books, an online discussion group, a collection of interviews, and possibly even an exhibition.
Cameron, Dr. Noel, Loughborough U., Leicestershire, UK - To aid workshop on 'The Anthropology of Transition and Tradition,' 2012, Dubrovnik, Croatia, in collaboration with Dr. Sasa Missoni
'Anthropology of Transition and Tradition'
September 12-15, 2012, Hvar, Croatia
Organizers: Noel Cameron (Loughborough U.) and Dr. Sasa Missoni (Inst. for Anthropological Research, Zagreb)
While it is widely accepted that the process of national transition from a 'developing' to a 'developed' status is assessed against economic indicators, it is also recognized that the process of transition is driven by a variety of demographic, social, political, cultural, and biological changes that both lead to and follow from economic transition. Anthropologists have traditionally sought to understand transition through examining cultural, social, or biological changes in, for example, the organization of society or in changes in human morphological variation. This meeting explored transition in the light of empirical evidence from transitional societies that provided new insights into traditional anthropological theory regarding social, biological, and behavioral outcomes that result from 'development.' The relationship between economic and demographic indicators of the level of transition and anthropological outcomes that reflect associated changes in social organization, behavior and morphology was explored. The workshop was broad in scope and included representatives with research in transitional economies in addition to representatives from post-transitional nations who study transition from the perspective of industrialized societies.
To support the development of a doctoral program in anthroplogy at University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia - Institutional Development Grant
The aim of the Institutional Development Project is to support development of a regional doctoral program in social and cultural anthropology in the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The project will bring together four universities, three of which have already entered into a collaborative framework for the implementation of tertiary level education through establishment of the Baltic Graduate School in 2008.
Coupaye, Dr. Ludovic, U. College London, London, UK - To aid workshop on 'Epistemologies of Technology and Techniques,' 2013, U. College London, in collaboration with Dr. Guido Frison
Preliminary abstract: This interdisciplinary workshop seeks to bring together representatives of different disciplines (anthropology, archaeology, history, philosophy, sociology, economics) who have thought about/discussed/ analysed concepts/phenomena pertaining to techniques and technology, and invite them to discuss the relevance and possibilities of establishing some degree of comparability between these different fields. Through an investigation of the different epistemological threads underlying the different disciplines, using a predefined set of questions, the workshop will outline the potentials -- and limits of - a common analytical frame that will enable fruitful debates and help the development of methodologies and theories that anthropology can use to engage with contemporary issues related to 'new' technologies, innovations, policy making and associated notions such as technological impact, risk and solutions. The debates will be recorded in order to lay the groundwork for further meetings, with the eventual goal being to publish an interdisciplinary volume with the participants, edited by the workshop organisers. The organisation of the workshop itself is designed so that contributions will respond to each other in order to create a coherent dialogue of thought and practice. Depending on the quality of the recordings, podcast will be envisaged
Weszkalnys, Dr. Gisa S., U. of Exeter, Exeter, UK - To aid workshop on 'Engaging Resources: New Anthropological Perspectives on Resource Environments,' 2012, U. of Exeter, in collaboration with Dr. Tanya Richardson
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. Under three thematic headings (Abstraction, Value, Materiality), the 15 participating scholars will examine a variety of engagements with natural resources -- e.g. extraction, management, conservation, overuse, exploitation -- across the globe. We will analyse, for example, how raw stones are picked, polished, and transformed into sapphires sold on the world market, that is, how natural resources 'come into being' and acquire meaning and value in different locales and moments in time. We will also explore the materiality of specific resources and their agency, asking what forms of protest an oil pipeline makes possible. The conference will be an important step towards a more nuanced analysis of how resources mediate social life in particular historical and geographical contexts, significantly enriching existing theories and approaches to this timely issue.
Reuter, Dr. Thomas A., Monash U., Clayton, Victoria, Australia - To aid WCAA conference on 'Opportunities and Challenges: Toward an Agenda for World Anthropology,' 2009, Kunming, China, in collaboration with Dr. Gustavo Ribeiro
'Opportunities and Challenges for International Cooperation and Participation in Anthropology: Toward an Agenda for World Anthropology'
July 27-31, 2009, Kunming, China
Organizers: Thomas A. Reuter (Monash University) and Gustavo Ribeiro (Universidade de Brasilia)
This symposium was an open forum at which cooperative efforts to facilitate international communication and collaboration among anthropologists and anthropological associations were discussed. Representatives of all WCAA member associations present at the 2009 IUAES World Congress (July 27-31, Kunming, China) were invited to contribute to the
meeting, together with key representatives of the IUAES. The discussion focused on the different roles of the WCAA, IUAES, regional and national associations, asking what each can accomplish and how they can support one another?s endeavors. Individual presentations focused on specific tasks within the overall goal of advancing cooperation and participation within the discipline globally. The discussion explored how such important tasks may be accomplished through existing institutional resources and collaborations. Each representative at the meeting was asked to report back to their governing board and membership on the forum?s ideas and proposals for collaboration. A joint publication of the
presentations is in progress.