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2007-2008 Events

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


October 7, 2010 
Workshop on 'Counterinsurgency and Humanism'
co-sponsorered with HRI and ISPF    

October 22-23, 2010  
  Love/Terror Conference

March 3-4, 2011
John Van Maanen Talk

Department of Informatics,
Center for Organizational Research

April 28-29, 2011      
  Ethnography of Iran Workshop

' Cultural Knowledge Production and the Public Understanding: Iran Since the Islamic Revolution'
For Conference details click Here

May 2, 2011  
            Robert Willim and Tom O’Dell
Lund University
Social and Behavorial Sciences Gateway
Room 1511

May 4, 2011
Sima Shakhsari
Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Houston
'Weblogistan Goes to War: Representational Practices, Gendered Soldiers, and Neoliberal Diasporic Entrepreneurship'
Women's Studies and Center for Persian Studies 

12:00-2:00 pm
1010 Humanities Gateway

   May 10, 2011
Mary Weismantel Talk
'Seeing the Sex in the Moche Sex Pots'

Social Behavioral and Sciences Gateway
Room 3323
- 3:30-5:00pm
Dept of Anthropology, Women's Studies, Center for Law, Society and Culture



June 8, 2010

Colloquia: Seminar on Yucatan, Mexico

"Trova music and politics in Yucatan, Mexico"
by Dr. Gabriela Vargas- Cetina, Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico
 "Food and the making of regional taste in Yucatan" by Dr. Steffan  Igor Ayora-Diaz, Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico
SBSG Room 3323


May 10, 2010

Co-sponsored Event with
Center for Persian Studies and Culture

8:00am-6:00pm HIB 135

In collaboration with University of California, Irvine’s Center for Ethnography, headed by George Marcus (Anthropology, UCI), the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture is organizing a one-day workshop to discuss three generations of American ethnographic work before and after the revolution in Iran. This event includes anthropologists (i.e., graduate students, faculty, and professionals) inside and outside academia, other social scientists, as well as writers and artists. The list of participants includes Michael Fischer (MIT), Margaret Mills (OSU), Fereydoun Safizadeh (Boston University), Shahram Khosravi (Stockholm University), Arlene Dallalfar (Lesley College), Narges Erami (Yale University), Taraneh Hemami (CA College of the Arts), Mazyar Lotfalian (UCI), Philip Grant (UCI), Janet Alexanian (UCI), Orkideh Behrouzan (MIT), and Talieh Rohani (MIT).

Our goal is to broaden and deepen US cultural and political knowledge about Iran. The Islamic revolution directly affected American academics conducting research in Iran, as well as the way research has been performed. Post-revolution ethnographic work was conducted mostly by researchers in collaboration with writers, journalists, political activists, filmmakers, statesmen, scientists, and medical experts. Our goal is to study how strategic knowledge emerged as a result of the severing of diplomatic ties between Iran and the United States. We intend to analyze and disseminate this information for the purpose of training and building collaborative work both for academics and those who seek expertise on Iran and similar Muslim societies.

March 17, 2010

Conversations on Collaboration Series

A lunch time conversation with Bill Mauer, Chair, Department of Anthropology


Mimi Ito

Institute as Ethnographer:
Doing Research in Social Philanthropy

SSPA 2112
Time: 12:00-2:00 pm


March 2010 (Tentative )
Shaozeng Zhang, Grad Student

Lunch time conversation
(Invitation only)

'Writing Challenges in Ethnographic Projects'
More details coming soon

April 1, 2010

Janine Wedel
Professor of Anthropology and Public Policy
George Mason University

Talk: TBA

Place: TBA
Co-sponsored by Department of Anthropology, CGPACS, Center in Law, Culture, and Society

April 22-23, 2010

Counter Insurgency Event
David Price, Ike Skelton and Sam Popkis, Christoph Zuercher

April 30, 2010
Culture and Theory Graduate Conference
Keynote Speaker
Michael Montoya
Assistant Professor
Dept of Anthropology

May 10, 2010
'Difference generations in the production of ethnography on Iran before and after the revolution'co-spnosored with Center for Persian Studies

June 2010

Visting Researchers from Univrsidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Merida
Dept of Anthropology
Gabriela Vargas-Cetina and Steffan Igor Ayora Diaz

February 19, 2010

'Speak, Write, Paint
Colonial Scripts and Indegenous Literacies in Latin America'

Humanities Gateway 1010
Free and Open to the Public

Co-sponsored by the International Center for Writing and Translation, the Center for Ethnography, the Office of Undergraduate Study, the Center in Law, Culture, and Society, and the History Department


The Center for Ethnography
and UC HRI will host a
by Laura McNamara
Sandia Laboratories

Iron Hands in
Ethnographically-Infromed Gloves?

UCHRI Conference Room
338 Administration Building

April 18-19, 2008

Co-Sponsor Event
Gender, Connectivity, & Change in the Gulf Arab States

March 17, 2008

Co-Sponsor Event with The Center in Law, Society and Culture and The Department of Anthropology

A Dialogue between the Anthropologies
of Law and Public Policy

HRI Conference Room 338
10:00-4:00 pm

RSVP by March 10, 2008

March 14-15, 2008

The Center for Ethnography will host

"Experimental Systems as Ethnographic Modality"

SSPB 1208


Co-Sponsor Event
Native Claims in the (Post) Colonial Americas

Panel Presentation:
Roundtable Discussion
Location: TBA

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008

Center co-sponsors
The Irvine Seminars in the Anthropology
of Modernity


Susan Buck-Morss
'Universal History at the Edge of Culture'

3:30-5:00 pm
SSPB Room 4250

February 4-5, 2008

Two Talks by Luiz Eduardo Soares
On Writing and Governing in Rio de

February 4, 2008
HRI Conference Room 338

On Writing Elite da Tropa
February 5, 2008
Social Ecology I Room 112

January 12, 2008

Para-Site Event

SSPA 2112 9:00am-6:00pm (more details soon)

Conversation with
Sylvia Yanagisako and Lisa Rofel

The Twenty-first Century Silk Road: Reconceptualizing the Middle Ground

December 3,2007

Academia and Military/Intelligence Operations Report

In partnership with the UCHRI, the Center for Ethnography is sponsoring a series of studio sessions that examine the uses and complicities of concepts and theories of culture developed in academic domains in the contemporary conduct of warfare, and of intelligence and security operations. The first studio session: 'Militarizing Critical Theory' occurred in May of this year. There will be another studio session of the same character, co-sponsored with UCHRI, on the topic of "Interrogation'. We hope to schedule this one for the coming spring. Aside from members of the AAA Commission, we plan to invite others who have practiced interrogation, or been interrogated by state agencies.

  November 14, 2007

Michael Taussig, Professor,

Department of Anthropology Columbia University


"I Really Saw That"
SSPB 4240
"Sailing Through Color"
3:30-5:00 pm
UCHRI Conference Room 338
Administration Bldg.

Read Jesse Cheng's report on the Center's first Para-site Experiement: Death Penatly Mitigation and Ethnography as Anti-Discipline

Reports and Responses

  August 22-25, 2007

HOIT 2007

The Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO), University of California, Irvine and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, are pleased to announce an international conference on Home/ Community Oriented ICT for the Next Billion. The conference will be held in Chennai, India.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Ethnography