Pastoral scene


Colloquium Series Fall 2008

September 12Brett Walker, History and Philosophy, Montana State University
“Animals and the Intimacy of History”

September 19Mukulika Banerjee, Anthropology, University College London
“Kinship, Cultivation, and Communism: Perceptions of Democracy in West Bengal, India”

September 26Graeme Barker, Archaeology, University of Cambridge
“Footsteps and Marks: Transitions to Farming in the Rainforests of Island Southeast Asia”

October 3Mark Cioc, History, University of California/Santa Cruz
“Hunting, Agriculture, and the Quest for International Wildlife Conservation during the Early 20th Century”

October 10Nancy Langston, Forest Ecology and Management, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin/Madison
“Modern Meat: Synthetic Hormones, Livestock, and Consumers in the Post-WWII Era”

October 17Percy Schmeiser, Wheat farmer, Bruno Saskatchewan, Canada
“Ownership of Seed, Plants, and Food through Patents on Higher Life Forms”

October 24Peter C. Perdue, History, Yale University
“Is Pu-er in Zomia?: Tea Cultivation and the State in China”

October 31Sara Gregg, History, Wilson Presidential Library
“Hill People: Appalachian Culture and the American State”

November 7Steve J. Stern, History, University of Wisconsin
“Staging Dirty War Memory: Notes on Human Rights and Film in Post-Dictatorship Chile, 1990–2004”

November 14Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Hispanic Studies, Vassar College
“Caribbean Environmentalisms: Rediscovering Agrarian Cultures in Endangered Ecologies”

November 21Rebecca Scott, Sociology, University of Missouri
“Coalfield Whiteness: White People, Black Coal”

December 5
Susanne Freidberg, Geography, Dartmouth College
“On the Longue Durée of Short Shelf Life”

Colloquium Series Spring 2009

January 16Irus Braverman, Law School, State University of New York, Buffalo
“Planted Flags: Trees, Territory, and the Law in Israel/Palestine”

January 23Eduardo Kohn, Anthropology, McGill University
“Form’s Effortless Efficacy: A Multispecies Amazonian Account”

January 30David Ekbladh, History, Tufts University
“Liberalism’s Spine: ‘Modernisation’ to meet the Challenge of Totalitarianism, 1933–1944”

February 6Mark Hineline, History, University of California, San Diego
“Extraordinary Tourists: The Transcontinental Excursion of 1912”

February 13Roderick McIntosh, Anthropology, Yale University
“Middle Niger Niche Specialization: The Prehistorian’s Deep-time Dilemma”

February 20Anne Meneley, Anthropology, Trent University
“A Tale of Two Itineraries: The Production, Consumption, and Global Circulation of Italian and Palestinian Olive Oil”

February 27Kathleen Morrison, Center for International Studies, University of Chicago
“Dharmic Projects, Imperial Reservoirs, or New Temples in India? An Historical Perspective on Dams in India”

March 6Piers Vitebsky, Geography, University of Cambridge
“Repeated Returns to the Field: From Mythic First Encounter to Continual Historical Change”
optional background reading: “Loving and Forgetting: Moments of Inarticulacy inTribal India”

March 27Alessandro Monsutti, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
“Local Power and Transnational Resources: An Anthropological Perspective on Rural Rehabilitation in Afghanistan”

April 3Nandini Sundar, Sociology, Delhi School of Economics
“Interning Insurgent Populations: The Buried Histories of Indian Democracy”

April 10Keely Maxwell, Earth and Environment, Franklin & Marshall College
“Making Machu Picchu: Embedding History and Embodying Nature in the Peruvian Andes”

April 17Laura Sayre, Independent Scholar
“Georgic Apocalypse: From Virgil to Silent Spring”
optional background reading: Excerpts from Virgil and Rachel Carson