Roberts, Dr. Elizabeth F. S., U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - To aid workshop on 'Medical Migrations: The Global Quest for Beauty, Health, and Life,' 2008, Sonoma, CA, in collaboration with Christopher Roebuck
Preliminary abstract: In the last decades, increasing numbers of people are crossing borders in search of biomedical treatments. These medical travelers, ranging from poor to affluent, desperate to simply dissatisfied, traverse diverse social and political boundaries to access medical care. In turn these journeys often produce new forms citizenship that is ever more enmeshed in the domain of biological existence. Under such conditions, the rights and struggles associated with citizenship increasingly take the form of access to medical care, health, and basic survival. Our Wenner-Gren Workshop and subsequent edited volume will explore the conditions of possibility for contemporary biological-social actors whom we term, 'medical migrants' -- a category that encompasses both medical tourists and medical refugees. Much popular attention has focused on the cosmopolitan, globe-trotting characteristics of medical tourists from North America and Europe who seek healthcare in the 'developing world.' However, very little research has connected these journeys to the movements of migrants from the 'global South,' who, in pursuit of health and medical care, enter medical marketplaces and new terrains of biological citizenship in the 'global North.' Accordingly, we will focus on 'medical migrations' instead of medical tourism, arguing that is critical to investigate both, the mobility of tourists alongside the movements of those whom the identity of 'tourist' fails to describe. We propose that when investigated together, the medical migrations of both tourists and refugees reveal what is at stake for emergent forms of human embodiment and survival.
Lassiter, Dr. Luke, Marshall U., South Charleston, WV - To aid workshop on 'Possible Futures: Comparative Perspectives on Collaborative Research in Anthropology in North and Latin America,' 2016, New Orleans, LA, in collaboration with Dr. Les Field
Preliminary abstract: This international workshop will focus upon the specific characteristics of collaborative work that have been emphasized in sociocultural anthropology, and on that basis, participants will address the possible futures of collaborative research, comparing collaborative projects in North America and in Latin America. As US academics, who have elaborated distinctive methodologies, theoretical directions and alternative epistemologies that have played important roles in shaping the field of 'collaborative anthropology;' the organizers seek to collectively develop questions and agendas about the present and future of collaborative research in conjunction with non-academic scholars from the US and both academic and non-academic Latin American scholars. The workshop has been organized in full view of the stark differences between how the demarcation of a specified 'collaborative anthropology' in the last four decades has been a dynamic and extremely variable process in Latin America in distinction to North America. Contemporary collaborative research throughout the hemisphere must come to terms with diverse agendas, methodologies, epistemologies, and goals of both academic and community intellectuals and their research, oriented around indigenous/tribal, minority, environmental and many other social and political contexts and struggles. Workshop participants will focus upon the conceptualization of what constitutes research, the use of ethnography in their work, how theory is developed and deployed, and the central role of place linked to a common realization that collaboration involves close attention and commitment to locality.
Armindo Monteiro, Ana, U. of Witwatersrand, Wits, South Africa - To support training of black South Africans in social anthropology at the U. of Witwatersrand, Wits, South Africa, supervised by Dr. Robert Thornton
Sen, Dr. Atreyee, U. of Manchester, Manchester, UK - To aid ASA conference on 'Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalizing World,' 2012, New Delhi, India, in collaboration with Dr. James Fairhead
'Meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA12)'
April 2012, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
Organizers: Dr. Atreyee Sen (U. Manchester) & Dr. James Fairhead (U. Sussex)
About 500 delegates from South Asia and overseas attended the ASA12 conference, 'Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalizing World,' hosted by the Centre for Arts and Aesthetics and the Centre for the Study of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The delegates investigated art and aesthetics in their widest senses and experiences, from a variety of perspectives and in numerous contexts branching from the metaphysical to the political. Moving beyond art as expressions of the inner mind and inventions of the individual self, conference presentations explored changing perceptions of contemporary art and aesthetics, and mapped globalizing currents in a number of areas and regions. Along with the fifty-two panels and three plenary sessions, delegates were encouraged to reassess assumptions about 'arts and aesthetics,' and stimulated to consider clusters of themes including anthropological understandings of contemporary artworlds, artistic practice, and indigenous arts and crafts. Financial support helped twelve overseas students and forty-seven delegates from South Asia to attend the conference. An edited volume consisting of sixteen chapters selected from the plenary and panels is now being compiled for publication by Berg in 2014.
Bentley, Dr. Gillian R., U. College London, London, United Kingdom - To aid conference on alloparenting in human societies, 2004, in collaboration with Dr. Ruth H. Mace
'Alloparenting in Human Societies,' May 7-8, 2004, University College London, London, England -- Organizers: Gillian Bentley and Ruth Mace (University College London). This conference, the annual symposium of the Biosocial Society (UK), brought together scholars from a variety of disciplines to address the issue of alloparenting-the provision of care to dependent children by persons other than the biological parents. It has been argued that children are among the most understudied 'societies' in anthropology. The conference was designed to fill this gap by holistically examining an area of immense theoretical and practical concern in which the discipline might make an enormous contribution. Sixteen scholars from around the world participated, covering themes such as 'Why Humans Allocare,' 'Childcare Practice,' 'Alternative Families,' and 'Cross-Cultural Examples of Alloparenting.' The results were to be compiled in an edited volume for submission to Cambridge University Press.
McGill, Dr. Dru Evan, Bloomington, IN - To aid preparation of the personal research materials of Dr. Christopher S. Peebles for archival deposit with the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, Indiana University