Seminar – 28 October – Jim Canary

October 21st, 2014 by anna.c


4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Jim Canary

University of Indiana

Exploring the Tibetan Book: Meeting the Makers


Beneath the text in the books and manuscripts of Tibet is a world of artisans that provide the support for the words with paper, pen, and inks.  Preserving these texts involves delving into that world to understand how things were done using what materials and how they differ from place to place and in time. As a Conservator and student of Tibetan I have had the opportunity to examine a variety of Tibetan materials and have been documenting the old ways of book production.  We will have a look into that world and see the richness of their traditions.

Seminar – 14 October – Maria Lundberg and Yong Zhou

October 6th, 2014 by anna.c


4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Maria Lundberg and Yong Zhou

Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

Rights of Peoples and Minorities in Development in China


The discourse on minority nationalities and development in China has little content with regard to the realization of rights and the rule of law. In view of the challenges that natural resources exploitation and enviromental protection in regional national autonomous areas pose to the cultural survival and the material basis of peripheral peoples and minorities, this seminar shall discuss some obstacles to the institutionalization of group rights in China. A few case studies in relation to projects of hydropower development and ecological resettlements shall be the focus.

The research has been undertaken under the China Autonomy Program at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.

Climate Histories Interdisciplinary Discussion Series – Seminar programme 2014-2015

September 30th, 2014 by anna.c

Climate Histories Interdisciplinary Discussion Series

The Climate Histories Interdisciplinary Seminar is about bringing  together and expanding a network of people from different backgrounds (sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as people working in policy, media, and industry) to tackle questions about climate and environmental change in the past, present, and future.

The general questions we ask as a network are: Why does environmental knowledge matter? What can we learn about climate change from history? How can different disciplines work together to develop our understanding? (See our website created for a one-year AHRC  network project at

The aim of the seminar series will be to share knowledge, start conversations, and work towards new ways of thinking for future research projects.

Michaelmas Term: In this first term we propose to call on the expertise of people who are observing shifts in global environmental conditions and are involved in producing public accounts of those observations.


Wednesday October 8th  14:30-16:30 Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, CRASSH:

Roundtable Discussion on Fracking Natalie Bennett (Leader, Green Party UK), David Reiner (Cambridge Judge Business School & Energy Policy Research Group, Cambridge), Tim Harris (The Warriors Call, Anti-Fracking Initiative)
Chaired by Susan Crate (George Mason University)

Thursday October 9th  10:00 – 12:00 Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, CRASSH:

A 1 hour talk (followed by 1 hour Q & A) on the subject of ‘Climate change and interdisciplinary anthropology’
’Anthropological Investigations of the Bottom-Up Complexity and Adaptive Challenges of Change in Contemporary Rural Contexts’ – Susan Crate

Wednesday 22 October Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, CRASSH:


Wednesday 05 November Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, CRASSH:

Technology, Climate Change, and Engineering SolutionsHerta Nobauer (Vienna)

Wednesday 19 November Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, CRASSH:

Trails and Mapping of Climate Change in North AmericaMichael Bravo (Cambridge) at Climate Histories

Wednesday 03 December Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, CRASSH:

Communicating Climate Change through ArtSteve Waters (Theatre Director), Edvard Hviding (Bergen) at Climate Histories

2 October 2014 – Learning Pathways through Changing Places: Exploring the Global

September 29th, 2014 by admin

Learning Pathways through Changing Places:
Exploring the Global

Thursday 2nd October, 3pm to 6pm; Nihon Room, Pembroke College:

Faculty of Education and Division of Social Anthropology

Introduction: Dr Richard Irvine discusses cross-cultural element and initial findings of the pilot study

Part 1: UK

Hildegard Diemberger discusses the Skype cross-cultural exchange between primary schools in Nepal, Italy and East Cambridgeshire followed by Q and A.

Chair: Richard Irvine


Zulfikar Sarkit  and Amaraa Dorj discuss Education and Change in Mongolia followed by Q and A.

Chair: David Sneath

Part 3: ALASKA

Jana Harcharek is an Inupiaq woman from Barrow, Alaska with decades of experience thinking about the intersections between Inupiaq and Western ways of knowing as they come together in the classroom and the importance for young people to have Inupiaq forms of learning validated.  She has worked with Inupiaq teachers from the North Slope Borough primary and secondary schools to design curricula which reflect Inupiaq modes of learning and knowing.  She will discuss some of the ways her experiences have helped to open up new pathways for learning and teaching.  The talk will be followed by Q and A.

Chair: Barbara Bodenhorn

Part 4: FILM – ONE HOME: The Alaska-Mexico Interchange

Between 2006 and 2011 young people from indigenous communities on the North Slope of Alaska, the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca (Mexico) and the Purepecha region of Michoacan had the opportunity to live together for a month (alternate years in Alaska and Mexico) learning about their respective environments from elders, scientists, resource managers, host families, and each other. Corey Ahnangnatoguk, a young Inupiaq (Eskimo) man made a film about this experience from his perspective. The words, music, and images are his but he has been mentored of by Dustinn Craig, a Native American film-maker from Arizona. The film is a personal exploration of an intense, alternative educational experience which was transformative for many of the young participants. The showing will be followed by Q and A.

Chair: Barbara Bodenhorn

Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond – EXHIBITION

May 29th, 2014 by anna.c

Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond
28 May 2014 – 17 January 2015

Some of the world’s oldest Sanskrit and Buddhist manuscripts – and a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama – go on display from today at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA).

Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond puts on display for the first time the museum’s astonishing Buddhist artefacts and brings together collections and research from MAA, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, and the Fitzwilliam Museum – as well as the University Library, the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Emmanuel and Pembroke Colleges.