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Canyon De Chelly Field School @ Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Sep 28 – Oct 23 all-day

Where:  Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona

When:  September 28 – October 23

What:  HistoriCorps and Lamar Community College’s Historic Building Technology Program offer a Historic Preservation Field School at Canyon de Chelly National Monument near Chinle, Arizona.  Learn hands-on preservation skills while restoring a historic log barn in a district the National Park Service intends to nominate for historic designation.  Earn credit towards certification as a Building Preservation Specialist.  Online classes in preservation theory and construction are also available.  Participants will camp nearby, and are responsible for transportation to and from the site, supplying their own personal camping gear, and wearing appropriate work clothes.  HistoriCorps provides meals on work days, Personal Protective Equipment, and all the necessary tools.  Volunteers are welcome but LCC students receive preferential admissions; tuition varies, so inquire for details.

Canyon de Chelly project webpage:

Information about Lamar Community College’s Historic Building Technology Program:

Contact:  Natalie Henshaw,

Call For Papers: Reading Class in the Haitian Revolution
Oct 10 all-day

Call For Papers for a Panel at the 41st Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association; Pétionville, Haiti; June 1-5, 2016.


Reading class in the Haitian Revolution – Epistemic and Political Implications

In producing the Black republic thesis as a priori framework of scholarship and everyday thought and practice around Haiti as nation and Haitians as national subjects, scholars continually fail to read class in the Haitian Revolution. Carolyn Fick speaks of slave commanders supervising slave laborers within a slave hierarchy, but she does not consider that class continuities might obtain within the slaves’ revolution. C.L.R. James describes objective conditions in the Louverturian state that Michel-Rolph Trouillot terms “militarized agriculture,” then reads Toussaint Louverture as precursor of Fidel Castro. African-born bossale rebels bearing memories of native non-state societies lost their war against the eventually triumphant Revolutionaries before the French lost theirs. Gérard Barthélemy reminds us that they dispersed in the interior of the new nation-state to form its peasantry, then as now socio-politico-economically degraded by privileged Haitians. Haiti’s founders were formerly enslaved or slaveholders, freeborn or freedpeople, but generally Creoles, black and mulatto colonial natives. In reprising Louverture’s plantation economy, a political-economic absurdity without global commerce, they staked a claim in the emergent bourgeois West. Consequently, across post-Independence lines of color, national elites and people variously linked to them in positions of relative privilege became distinctive social subjects through globally dominant bourgeois cultures. Mindful of the West’s persistently active racism, alert to the ontological and epistemological significance of the historic Bossale/Creole dichotomy, the panel will envision social justice at the intersection of color and privilege in Haiti, and/or problematize a historiographic tradition that tendentially erases the dichotomy while reifying a Haitian blackness.

Theoretical or empirical in focus, papers on the panel would address specifically Haitian conditions, or, informed by the Haitian experience, conditions elsewhere in the postcolony.

If interested in presenting on the panel, please submit a paper abstract of 125 words maximum (the conference submission requirement) by October 10 to


Examples of themes and questions that might be represented on the panel (offered strictly as illustration, most certainly not a limiting/exhaustive list):

  • Cultural/social capital – the evidence supports the education of children in the language of their everyday, and there is a movement to make Haitian Creole a medium of schooling in Haiti: Who would continue to know French (or English, or Spanish etc)? How? Who would speak of/for the nation in global exchanges? Who would contest elite formation?
  • Problematic of representation – In the Black republic narrative, among the subjects of the nation, who is subject/author, and who/what is object?
  • Historical Memory – If the founders of Haiti did not conflate slavery with violent labor extraction from presumptively “free” workers, nor color with social class: where and how do we read the limits of the Haitian Revolution? Is color ideology co-terminus with political – economic ideology? In the political schema of Western modernity, what mode of envisioning an equitable Haitian society might congruently claim legitimacy in the meanings of the Revolution? The liberal democracy model? Radical anti-capitalism? Might there yet be a meaningful Haitian politics of social justice in the ethos of bourgeois liberalism?
Michigan Archaeology Day 2015
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Michigan Archaeology Day is sponsored in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Admission for all visitors is free!

The Michigan Historical Museum—flagship of the Michigan Historical Museum System—is located in the east wing of the Michigan Library and Historical Center. Sunday admission and weekend parking are free. Read more Michigan Historical Museum visitor information.

We invite you to explore our online calendar, where you’ll find all Michigan Historical Center events throughout the state.

Call For Papers: Fieldworker’s Insights on Resettlement
Oct 12 all-day

Society for Applied Anthropology – 2016 Annual Meeting


CFP: Fieldworker’s Insights on Resettlement: Policy, Service Provision and Home-making

The UN reports that at the end of 2014, 59.5 million persons were forcibly displaced, an increase from prior years. These displaced populations seek temporary refuges of relative safety and stability. In situations of protracted warfare and violence, when a return home is ill-advised, the displaced are forced to consider their options for future resettlement beyond IDP and refugee camps. This proposed panel is interested in the home-making processes and experiences of displaced persons, be they formally recognized as refugees and resettled under the auspices of the U.N. or be they classified as undocumented migrants crossing boundaries as asylum seekers and temporary laborers.  How might formal resettlement be understood as a process of integration, extending beyond acculturation and encompassing not just socio-economic participation, but ultimately cultural belonging and political engagement in specific locales? To what degree, does a focus on emplacement elucidate the ways in which persons of displacement origins negotiate social relations, identities and access to resources in places of asylum? In what ways are anthropologists in particular uniquely positioned to examine these questions?

Furthermore, how might the role of fieldworker complicate these situations of resettlement given interactions between knowledge production and structural inequalities? For instance, many anthropologically-oriented scholars and practitioners involved in refugee and migrant communities find that their work is part community-service and social justice advocacy.  The fieldworker is arguably optimally positioned to assist with processes of cultural mediation and to design research projects that can help support empowerment, support services and intervention programs.  Ethnographic insights can benefit policy-makers, and resettlement and aid-administrators whose focus upon displaced groups and their relations with service providers is oftentimes formulaic leaving unacknowledged the tangible effects of external structural and ideological factors. Anthropological research has the potential to clarify the nuanced complexities between policy aims vs. provider deliverables, between client-patient compliance vs. cooperation, and between newcomer’s marginalization vs. mutual-assistance.

I invite paper abstracts dealing with a displaced or refugee group’s experiences of settlement, with a particular emphasis on research that is community-based and/or employs a participatory-action orientation. In line with the SfAA’s conference theme, contributions should address one of the following points of intersection:

  • Intersections of race, class, gender affecting the lived experiences of displaced persons, the provision of services to them and/or the advocacy efforts by or in alliance with such groups
  • Intersections between policy development, implementation and on-the-ground effects as it relates to housing, food, case-management, language acquisition, schooling, medical care, etc
  • Intersections between higher education, state agencies, service providers, k-12 school systems, and/or community resources in terms of research and/or service provision within settings of resettlement
  • Intersections between Anthropology and other disciplinary perspectives (like Social Work, Nursing, Education, Religious Studies, NonProfit Management, etc) in terms of the displaced or those of refugee-origins in locales of home-making

Please email ideas, comments and/or proposed paper abstracts by Monday, Oct. 12th.



The American Folklore Society 2015 Annual Meeting @ The Westin
Oct 14 – Oct 17 all-day

The American Folklore Society (AFS) is now accepting proposals for its 2015 annual meeting, which will take place October 14–17 at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach, California. The theme for this year’s meeting, on which presentations will be encouraged but not required, is “Ecologies, Encounters, and Enactments.”



Call for Papers: Energy Ethics: Fragile Lives and Imagined Futures
Oct 15 all-day


A multi-panel two day conference to be held at the University of St Andrews, 17-18 March 2016.

Organizers: Mette M. High (University of St Andrews) and Jessica Smith (Colorado School of Mines)

Keynote speakers: Prof. Sarah Broadie, Wardlaw Professor of Philosophy (University of St Andrews), and Prof. Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Danish Center for Energy Technology and Professor of Business and Social Sciences (Aarhus University).

The remarkable growth in global energy consumption has been accompanied by questions about the suitability of fossil fuel, nuclear and renewable energy sources to fuel the spiraling demand. Public and academic debates explore the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of producing energy through technologies that range from rapidly aging coal-fired power plants to record-breaking windmill farms and booming gas fields home to hydraulically fractured horizontal wells. Debates about energy futures bring together resources and technologies in raising fundamental ethical questions that involve judgments of the kinds of lives we desire for ourselves and our others: What is the place of energy in human life? How do we make sense of the ways in which we produce, distribute and use it? And how do such actions relate to what we consider to be right or good?

We seek papers from anthropology and beyond that explore the centrality of ethical practice, judgment and questioning in our relationship with energy. We encourage papers that offer new approaches to energy ethics, in particular by recognizing ethical sensibility as part of the human condition, animating the everyday thoughts and practices of people whether frackers and petroleum engineers or proponents of renewable energy. We desire to move beyond simplistic corporate social responsibility frameworks that subsume ethics within highly particular value regimes related to marketing, advertising and pricing, but without evacuating ethics from the lived corporate worlds that shape so much of our energy systems.

A select number of papers will be chosen to complement the speakers already confirmed for the conference. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be emailed to the conference organisers Mette M. High ( and Jessica M. Smith ( by 15 October 2015 for full consideration. Notification of acceptance will be emailed shortly after the deadline.

Full conference information, including confirmed speakers and keynote lectures, can be found at the conference website. Please note that we cannot provide funding so costs for travel and other arrangements need to be covered by the presenter. However, there will be a limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries available to PhD students and early career scholars based in the UK and continental Europe (see conference website).


National Humanities Center Residential Fellowships
Oct 15 all-day


Residential Fellowships 2016-17

Deadline: October 15, 2015


The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residencies. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are welcome; emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also encouraged to apply. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes and universities. Fellows have private studies; the library service delivers all research materials. Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; travel expenses in addition to a stipend are provided. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2015. For more information, follow this link:

Live Webcast: Unique Features of Human Skin
Oct 16 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join the live webcast! “Unique Features of Human Skin” is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, Oct 16th (1:00 – 5:30 pm PT), co-chaired by Pascal Gagneux (UC San Diego) and Nina Jablonski (Penn State Univ).


The skin is the major interface between the human body and its environment.  It supports diverse and complex functions from protection to vitamin photosynthesis, thermoregulation, and communication.

Although the structure and function of human skin have been well characterized, the evolution of human skin remains inadequately understood. Great strides have been realized in the study of the evolution of skin pigmentation, but the evolution of functional nakedness, humans’ prodigious ability to sweat, and the origins of the human breast (the body’s largest modified sweat gland) are still largely matters of conjecture. The skin’s microbiome is emerging as one of most important factors in maintaining barrier functions, but much remains to be discovered about its diversity and roles in health and disease.  How can the many gaps in our knowledge of the evolution of human skin be closed?

This symposium will bring together scientists representing evolutionary biology, genetics, dermatology, anthropology, and physiology to share their knowledge and questions about human skin in an explicitly evolutionary framework.

Access the live webcast here on Oct 16:

Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2015
Oct 21 – Oct 22 all-day

Biennial Conference of the
Finnish Anthropological Society 2015: Landscapes, Sociality and Materiality

Helsinki, October 21–22, 2015

A Critical Moment: Sex/Gender Research at the Intersection of Culture, Brain, & Behavior Conference @ UCLA
Oct 23 – Oct 24 all-day

This conference occurs at a critical juncture in sex/gender research in neuroscience, anthropology, psychology, and related disciplines. New theories are utilizing a conception of the brain as dynamic, plastic, and adaptable,  and of sex/gender brain and behavioral differences as subject to the influence of a broad range of biological, cultural, and social or environmental factors.

In organizing this conference, our aim is to bring the neuro- and social sciences together to consider three cross-cutting questions on sex/gender: why now? what’s fixed/changing/changeable? what’s at stake?

The proposed conference is the sixth in a series of meetings hosted by the Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR) at UCLA. Our mission is to support and advance interdisciplinary and integrative research and training on interactions of culture, neuroscience, psychiatry, and psychology, with an emphasis on cultural processes as central. Our primary objective is to help articulate and support the creation of transformative paradigms that address issues of fundamental clinical and social concern.