2017 Symposium

Anthropology Symposium: Archaeological, Biological, and Cultural Approaches to Understanding Humans

Friday, April 28th

8:00 am-12:30 pm

ISU Memorial Union


Gallery Room, 8:00–11:15
Session I: Podium Presentations, Gallery Room
  • 8:00  Welcome Address
  • 8:15   Madison Pullis, Postural Behavior Differences in Howler Monkeys (Alouatta palliata)
  • 8:30   Chrissy Rewerts, Behavior & Spatial Distance between Infants, Juveniles & their Mothers
  • 8:45   Giselle M. Narváez Rivera & Jill D. Pruetz, The human-alloprimate interface in Gandoca, Costa Rica: an assessment of human attitudes & perceptions towards crop-raiding primates
  • 9:00   Yibo Fan, Design anthropology approach of understanding human wildlife relationship through perspective of local monkeys, development & the change that participating conservation project can bring in Southeast Costa Rica
9:15-9:30 COFFEE BREAK
Session II: Podium Presentations, Gallery Room
  • 9:30   Kurt Wilson, Late Pleistocene Extinction of the Flat-headed Peccary on the Ozark Plateau: Paleozoological Insights from Peccary Cave, Arkansas
  • 9:45   Moriah Morgan, A Comparison of Child & Adult Health: Traditional vs. Western Medicine & the Application of Gris-Gris
  • 10:00 Samantha Salter, Observing Relations between Traditional & Modern Medicine
10:15-10:45 COFFEE BREAK
10:45-11:15 Keynote Address, Gallery Room:
  • Sebastian Braun, Culture as Resistance: Kinship, Economics, & Environments Pioneer Room, 11:15-12:30
11:15-12:30 Poster Presentations & Reception with Refreshments, Pioneer Room

KEYNOTE ADDRESS (10:45-11:15)

Sebastian Braun
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Director of the American Indian Studies Program

“Culture as Resistance: Kinship, Economics, and Environments”

The anthropologist Marc Augé argued in 1992 that we live in the era of supermodernity and defined that as a time of non-places. In recent times, we could perhaps add to non-places other features, also defined by the negative, or rather the denial of relations; non-truth, non-empathy, non-community. In other words, alienation might have reached an extreme level, to the point where humanity itself is in question. It is at this point that culture, as a qualitative practice and value, becomes a resistance to supermodernity as the absolute quantification and commodification of everything. Practicing culture, then, or practicing kinship and community, is the last hope of and for humanity.