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BARS | Spring 2018

The Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS) is a year-long seminar that meets most Friday afternoons at 2:30 pm (unless otherwise noted) in Schwartz 103 (unless otherwise noted). The series includes anthropology colloquia presented by invited guests and Brandeis anthropology faculty, alternating with workshops, reading groups and presentations by graduate students. Often we will close the seminar with an opportunity for socializing with the invited speaker and each other.

Friday, January 12
Welcome/Welcome Back Reception, followed by workshop on "Consent Matters" offered by Jessica Basile of Graduate Student Affairs

Friday, January 19
Professor Ram Natarajan, University of Arkansas 
Violence Unresolved: Argentina and the Problem of the Perpetrator

Ram Natarajan is an assistant professor of anthropology. He received a bachelor’s degree in Writing Seminars and Latin American Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in Anthropology from New York University. His research and teaching focus on violence, memory, human rights, literature, and law. His current book project examines what it is to live with cruelty in the context of state violence in Argentina. His research has received funding from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Friday, January 26
Professor Janet McIntosh and Dr. Derek Sheridan 
Publishing 101

Publish early in your graduate school career? Or wait to publish until your stuff is "better"? Where should you publish? What are the advantages and disadvantages of publishing in journals, edited volumes, encyclopedias, or publishing book reviews? How do you select a journal? How do you prepare a manuscript? How should you interpret reviewer comments? These questions and more will be addressed at this workshop chaired by Janet McIntosh and Derek Sheridan. Whether you are thinking about publishing but don't know how to start, or whether you have published and want to reflect on your strategy, all are invited.

Friday, February 2
Professor John M. Marston, Boston University 
Agricultural Strategies and Environmental Change in Ancient Anatolia

As an environmental archaeologist, John M. Marston studies the long-term sustainability of agriculture and land use, especially in the Mediterranean and western Asia. His research focuses on how people make decisions about land use within changing economic, social, and environmental settings, and how those decisions affect the environment at local and regional scales. A specialist in paleoethnobotany, the study of archaeological plant remains, Marston’s contributions to the field include novel ways of linking ecological theory with archaeological methods to reconstruct agricultural and land-use strategies from plant and animal remains. Recent interdisciplinary collaborations focus on comparative study of cultural adaptation to environmental and climate change in the past and present.

Friday, February 9
Dr. Yana Stainova, Dartmouth University
Touched by Music: Enchantment and Aspiration in Venezuela

Yana Stainova's work focuses on artistic expression and social transformation in Latin America. Her first book project explores what it means to be touched by music, to experience wonder, hope, and creative possibility, for young people living in the margins of Venezuelan society. She traces the reverberations of musical enchantments in people's everyday lives, and follows their trajectories as they collide with the larger forces, such as state and institutional power, that sway human destinies. The ethnographic site of her research is El Sistema, a classical music education program for youth living in the barrios of Venezuela. Her second book project extends her interests to questions of immigration, citizenship, identity, and belonging by exploring the works of women artists from Latino communities in East Los Angeles. It studies the link between artistic creativity and social and political aspirations.

Friday, March 9
Jessica Priestley and Celia Marilley Burke
Graduate Student Presentations

Two anthropology graduate students who received departmental funding for their research projects will present on their work. Jessica Priestley studies political and economic anthropology in Mexico, and Celia Burke examines politics and activism in contemporary India.

Friday, March 16
Ashlee Moser and Max Seidita
Graduate Student Presentations (Admitted Student Open House)

Two anthropology graduate students who received departmental funding for their research projects will present on their work. Ashlee Moser explores identity formation and the negotiation of difference in the midwestern United States, and Max Seidita conducts Mesoamerican archaeological research on household economies. Admitted graduate students visiting campus are encouraged to attend.

Friday, March 23 at 2:30 pm | Schwartz 103
Dr. Vivian Solana Moreno, Brandeis University
The Traffic of Guests: Regenerating the Sahrāwī Struggle for Decolonisation through Hospitality

Vivian Solana MorenoVivian Solana is a Mellon Sawyer Fellow and Lecturer in Anthropology at Brandeis University. She received her doctorate in anthropology at the University of Toronto in 2017. Her research focus is on gender, decolonization, revolutionary struggles, and international intervention. Based on eighteen months of fieldwork in Sahrāwī refugee camps located in Southern Algeria where the Sahrāwī national liberation movement—known as the Polisario Front—has been organized into a state in exile since 1976, her current book project examines the regeneration of this protracted revolutionary struggle under the material and temporal conditions of a humanitarian-assisted regime. Dr. Solana's work received an honorary mention from the American Association for a Feminist Anthropology Best Dissertation Award of 2016, as well as funding from the Ontario Graduate Studies Program, the UTSC Center for Ethnography, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Friday, April 13 at 2:30 pm | Schwartz 103
Professor Jonathan Anjaria, Brandeis University 
Surface Reading: Roads, Cyclists and Emergent Politics in India

Jonathan AnjariaJonathan Anjaria's research has focused on the politics of public space, the informal economy and mobility in urban India. His publications include a book titled the Slow Boil: Street Food, Public Space and Rights in Mumbai. He has also published articles on corruption, street vending, civic activism, citizenship and popular culture in contemporary India, and co-edited a book on urban South Asia (Urban Navigations: Politics, Space and the City in South Asia, with Colin Mcfarlane). He is currently researching the cultural life of the bicycle in India.