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Nov 7-9, 2013 Symposium Resilience and Sustainability: What Are We Learning from the Maya and Other Ancient Cultures?

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Resilience and Sustainability:
What Are We Learning from the Maya and Other Ancient Cultures?
November 7-9, 2013

Conference Program Booklet

On-line registration is now closed. On-site registration will be available, but space is limited; please contact Phyllis Messenger, pmessenger@umn.edu, to check for availability.

Symposium Description

Symposium description: Archaeologists working in the Maya area, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and around the world are uncovering evidence of social change related to shifts in resources, political power, and climate. As archaeologists and their collaborators work to make their findings accessible to scholars in other fields and to the public, they are questioning traditionally held notions of societal collapse and failure and re-examining datasets and questions. Paying particular attention to temporal and geographic scales, they are using lessons from the past in order to contribute more directly to discussions of survival, resilience, renewal, and sustainability for today and in the future. At the same time, environmental scientists are using archaeological data and knowledge to help inform their models and reconstructions of past environments and landscape change. And in broader discussions involving scholars, policy makers, community leaders, and others, traditional notions of sustainability for present and future generations are being challenged by such concepts as resilience as a means to persist despite disruptions. This conference for scholars in archaeology, earth sciences, climate studies, and sustainability studies will explore new ways of thinking about knowledge production in areas that cut across all these fields. Participants will focus on opportunities for collaboration in research that will contribute to enhanced understandings of past, present, and future aspects of survival and sustainability.

Registration includes Friday entrance to the Science Museum of Minnesota exhibit, MAYA: Hidden Worlds Revealed, and Saturday lunch. Schedule includes speakers confirmed to date. Symposium Registration.

Symposium Registration

On-line registration is now closed. On-site registration will be available, but space is limited; please contact Phyllis Messenger, pmessenger@umn.edu, to check for availability.

Opening Lecture: Thursday, Nov 7, Lidar, Water, and the Demise of Greater Angkor
IAS Thursdays at Four, Opening Lecture:
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the University of Minnesota
LiDAR, Water, and the Demise of Greater Angkor
Presenter: Roland Fletcher, Director of the Greater Angkor Project, and Professor of Archaeology, University of Sydney, Australia
Thursday, November 7, 4-5:30 pm, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota (301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55455).
Free and open to the public.
Symposium Day 1: Friday, November 8, Science Museum of Minnesota

Symposium Day 1: Friday November 8, 2013 at the Science Museum of Minnesota

(120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102)

 8:30 am Registration; coffee

 9:00 am Welcome; Opening Remarks
Diane Z. Chase, Pegasus Professor of Anthropology and Executive Vice Provost, University of Central Florida
- Goals of the symposium; questions to be addressed
Kathy Quick, assistant professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
- Introduction to resilience and sustainability vocabulary and perspectives
Alison Wylie, Professor of Philosophy, University of Washington
- Introduction to collaboration across disciplines and communities

9:45-11:30 Panel 1: Making archaeologists and their data about the past relevant to today’s issues: Report from the Maya realm
Panelists:
Arlen Chase, Pegasus Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida
Patricia McAnany, Kenan Eminent Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina
Vernon Scarborough, Distinguished University Research Professor and Charles Phelps Taft Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati
Moderator: Mark Brenner, University of Florida

11:30-12:45 Lunch break (Elements Café, on your own)

12:45-2:30 Panel 2: Beyond the Maya: Case studies of ancient cultures’ responses to natural and anthropogenically induced environmental change.
Panelists:
Clark Erickson (South America), Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Roland Fletcher (Southeast Asia), Professor of Archaeology, University of Sydney, Australia
Jason Ur (Near East), John L. Loeb Assoc. Prof. of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
Moderator: Vern Scarborough, University of Cincinnati

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:15 Introduction to MAYA: Hidden Worlds Revealed
Presenter: Ed Fleming, Curator of Archaeology, Science Museum of Minnesota

3:15-5:00 Tour of exhibit; small group discussions

5:00-7:00 Dinner on your own

Maya Society of Minnesota Public Lecture, Friday, November 8 at Hamline University
(Anderson Center, 774 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55104)
Heritage without Irony: Archaeologists, Indigenous Mayan Communities & the Democratization of Knowledge
Presenter: Patricia A. McAnany, Kenan Eminent Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Friday, November 8, 7:30 pm, 112 Anderson Center, Hamline University
Cost: $5 (symposium registrants, Maya Society members, Science Museum staff/volunteers, and students free).

Symposium Day 2: Saturday, Nov 9, University of Minnesota

 Symposium Day 2: Saturday, November 9 at the University of Minnesota

Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
(301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55455)

8:30 am Registration; coffee

9-11:15 Panel 3: Putting humans in their place: Viewing ancient, modern, and future climate change within the context of ongoing Earth processes
Panelists:
Mark Edlund, Senior Scientist, Science Museum of Minnesota
Emi Ito, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, and Director, Limnological Research Center, University of Minnesota
E. Calvin Alexander, Jr., Morse-Alumni Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota
Mark Brenner, Director, Land Use and Environmental Change Institute, University of Florida
Moderators: Lewis “Skip” Messenger, Hamline University/Josh Feinberg, University of Minnesota

11:15-12:45 pm Lunch (buffet lunch for all registrants in Humphrey Atrium)

12:45-2:45 Panel 4: Contemporary Sustainability: Theory, practice, and policy
Panelists:
Scott Shoemaker, Research Assistant in Anthropology, Science Museum of Minnesota
Clint Carroll, Assistant Professor, Department of American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota
Carissa Schively Slotterback, Associate Professor, Urban Planning, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Director, Resilient Communities Project, University of Minnesota
David Valentine, Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota
Moderators: Kat Hayes, University of Minnesota/Ed Fleming, Science Museum of Minnesota

2:45-3:00 Break

 3:00-4:30 Closing Session: Synthesis and Next Steps
      Are we asking the right questions?
What is missing from our knowledge base?
Where are we going from here?

Sponsorship and co-sponsorship

This symposium is organized by the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota, with co-sponsor support from the Science Museum of Minnesotathe Maya Society of Minnesota, and Hamline University. Additional funding and support from these University of Minnesota sources: GPS Alliance Travel Fund; the Imagine Fund; U-Spatial; the Imagine Chair in Humanities, Art & Design; the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science; the IAS Teaching Heritage Collaborative; the Department of Anthropology; the Department of Asian Languages & Literatures; the Department of Earth Sciences; and the Department of History.

Presenter Position Papers

Questions? Contact Phyllis Messenger, IAS, pmessenger@umn.edu  or 612-625-8606.

 


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2 Comments

  1. LARRY GravitzSeptember 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Ina and Larry Gravitz wish to register for the full program on November 7 thru 9.
    We are new members and want to know the next step.
    Please reply.
    Thanks,
    Larry

    • Ann WaltnerSeptember 24, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      If you click on the link above which says “Symposium Registration” you should get a page which will allow you to register. I was having some difficulties with the page, so you may too. If you need help, you can e-mail Phyllis Messenger at pmesseng@umn.edu, and she should be able to help you.