Natureculture conference (May 2010)

The Society for Cultural Anthropology recently circulated an announcement of their biannual meeting, 7 and 8 May, 2010, at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prof. Donna Haraway, Professor and Chair of the History of Consciousness Program of the University of California Santa Cruz, will be the keynote speaker and the theme will be ‘Natureculture: Entangled Relations of Multiplicity.’ As Brad Weiss recently wrote:

In recognition of the renewed and growing drive to interrogate the longstanding ontological divide between Nature and Culture, we invite discussions that explore ways of reconfiguring this complex relationship.

Haraway is probably best known in anthropology for her discussions of human-machine hybridization — the ‘cyborg’ — and their implications for feminist theories which tended to rely upon naturalizations of women’s sex and gender, but she has also been crucial for the critical reconsideration of primate studies. Haraway’s landmark essay, A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century, originally published in Socialist Review, is available online here.

More information is available at the conference website here. There’s no explicit mention of anything brain-related, but the conference announcement is a bit of a ‘what’s hot’ list in cultural anthropology. Check it out if you’re in to these sorts of things…

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gregdowney

Trained as a cultural anthropologist at the University of Chicago, I have gone on to do fieldwork in Brazil and the United States, and look forward to a new project in New Zealand. I have written one book, Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art (Oxford, 2005). I have also co-edited several books, including, with Dr. Daniel Lende, The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology (MIT, 2012), and with Dr. Melissa Fisher, Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy (Duke, 2006). My research interests include psychological anthropology, sport, dance, human rights, neuroscience, phenomenology, economic anthropology, and just about anything else that catches my attention.

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