Return to the rainforest: A son’s search for his Amazonian mother. By William Kremer BBC World Service

Return to the rainforest: A son’s search for his Amazonian mother

David Good’s parents come from different countries – hardly unusual in the US where he was raised. But the 25-year-old’s family is far from ordinary – while his father is American, his mother is a tribeswoman living in a remote part of the Amazon. Two decades after she left, David realized he had to find her.

“From Village and Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles” Symposium

Fall Symposium, “From Village and Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles,” October 11–13, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
The 41st annual Textile Museum Fall Symposium will explore themes raised in the concurrent exhibition Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains.
There are over one-thousand ethnic  groups in Southeast Asia, many with unique textile traditions—yet this region is seeing increased development and globalization that is challenging the continuation of these long-inherited art forms. Join us for an engaging weekend that will bridge the fields of art history, anthropology, international development, and design.
Through five dynamic presentations, a roundtable discussion, curators’ tour and the popular interactive “Show and Tell” session for collectors, “From Village and Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles” will shed light on the many ways regional textile arts are adapting to the twenty-first century.

Call for Applications: The Textile Museum Fall Symposium Scholarships
The Textile Museum is pleased to offer ten scholarships for this year’s annual Fall Symposium, “From Village and Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles,” October 11–13, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate and graduate students in Southeast Asian studies, art history, anthropology, or a textile-related course of study are invited to apply. The scholarship will cover the cost of symposium registration for each recipient; it is not a cash award.
The Textile Museum believes that this scholarship opportunity at its annual symposium is a tangible way to express the museum’s commitment to academic leadership in textile research and will ensure that the next generation of textile experts receives the unique and in-depth knowledge that can only come at a conference such as this.
For more information on the symposium and how to apply, please visit the website.

Conference in Cuba, “New Political Science” – November 2013 (Final Call)

The Cuban Society of Philosophical Research, the Division of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana, and the Higher Institute of International Relations announce the Sixteenth International Conference on “New Political Science” and a philosophy colloquium to be held at the University of Havana from November 20 to November 22, 2013.  The conference is dedicated to the memory of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez Frías.

The New Political Science is being developed by Cuban and international professors affiliated with the Division of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana and with Dr. Thalía Fung, Head of the School of “Political Science from the South” of the University of Havana.  It is a transdisciplinary initiative, including scholars in political science, economics, history, philosophy, anthropology,
and sociology.  It seeks to develop an analysis of international dynamics and global issues from the perspective of the global South or the Third World.  It endeavors to develop insights that are relevant
to public policies and political strategies of the nations and social movements of the South.

Papers can be presented in English or Spanish.  The conference will be bilingual; members of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the University of Havana will provide simultaneous translations, in most
cases, and consecutive translation, in some cases.

Paper proposals (in English or Spanish), including a paper title and a summary of 250 words or less, should be sent by October 15, 2013 to Charles McKelvey (;  Paper
proposals sent prior to October 15 will be evaluated by the Organizing Committee as they are received, and a decision will be sent promptly.

Papers on the following themes can be included in the International Conference on “New Political Science”:

1.    The purpose, methods, and concepts of the new political science (or new social science, history, or philosophy) from the perspective of the South or the Third World; its role in the construction of a new society.

2.    The meaning of socialism in the second decade of the twenty-first century.  The various paths to socialism.  Political culture and political socialization in the period of transition to socialism.
Conflict theory.  Significant conflicts in the second decade of the twenty-first century.  Conflict resolution: the role of negotiation in conflicts among the countries of the South.

3.    International dynamics and contemporary global issues.

4.    The relation between domestic policy and foreign policy.

5.    The political thought of Mao Tse Tung.

6.    The political thought of Ho Chi Minh and the Doi Moi policy of Vietnam.

7.    Regional integration: challenges and perspectives.

8.    The contributions of the Bolivarian Revolution to the political science from the South.

9.    The contributions of Evo Morales, Inacio “Lula” da Silva, and Rafael Correa to contemporary political theory.

10.    The contributions of the Cuban Revolution to the political science from the South.

11.    Social movements of the North.

12.    José Martí and the political science from the South.

13.    The relation between philosophy and political science; between philosophy and social science.

14.    Corruption: History and mechanisms.

Papers on other relevant themes will be considered.

The philosophy colloquium will include the following themes:
Problems of the philosophy of education and its present challenges.

1. Epistemology: the significance of atomic particles for scientific and philosophical knowledge.
2. The biometric revolution.
3. Environmental problems and their philosophical implications.
4. Bioethics and the relation between bioethics and philosophy.
5. The meaning of transhumanism.
6. Political philosophy and its role in current scientific knowledge.

Papers on other relevant themes will be considered.

       The conference will be held from Wednesday, November 20 to Friday, November 22.  In addition, there will be two pre-conference workshops: (1) a Scientific Interchange between the New Political
Science (of the United States) and the New Political Science from the South (of Cuba), Tuesday, November 19; (2) a workshop on the development of a doctoral dissertation, Monday, November 18.  A
program of educational activities, such as visits to a school, labor organization, and women’s organization, will be offered in conjunction with the pre-conference workshops.

Anyone interested in the conference and/or the preconference workshops and program should contact Charles McKelvey at or

Participants and/or their institutions are responsible for payment for airlines, hotel lodging, and meals.  For more information on travel arrangements, contact Charles McKelvey (;

For more information on events and programs in Cuba, travel to Cuba, and Cuban history and society, visit the Website of Global Learning:

See the blog at the Global Learning Website, “The View from the South:
Commentaries on world events from the Third World perspective.”  Find it at

Seminario de Arquitectura Latinoamericana – 22 al 26 de Septiembre 2013 – Bogota

Se acerca el SAL 15, Bogotá 2013 que se realizará del 22 al 26 de septiembre!  Esta será una gran oportunidad para conocer en voz de sus protagonistas, lo que está sucediendo en las principales ciudades latinoamericanas de hoy. A través de los salones temáticos y conferencias magistrales, los asistentes podrán recibir ideas claras sobre los principales eventos y transformaciones urbanas que estarán definiendo las ciudades del futuro.

Serán muchas las preguntas que nuestros 48 expertos que abordarán alrededor de los 7 temas definidos como sombrilla de una gran reflexión sobre la arquitectura y el espacio urbano en latinoamérica: ¿Cuál ha sido el impacto en la ciudad marginal brasilera con las obras desarrolladas para el Mundial de Brasil en 2014?, ¿Cómo avanza la transformación de Caracas con la creación de un inmenso parque metropolitano en sus antiguas instalaciones aeroportuarias?, ¿Cómo ha sido el interesante proceso de revitalización del centro de Cuenca en Ecuador?,

¿De qué manera la construcción de espacios públicos construidos en diversas ciudades de México contribuyen a la transformación de un país en crisis?, ¿Cómo se ha construido identidad de un lugar en el sur de Chile a partir del uso de la madera en sus espacios públicos?, ¿Cómo la arquitectura puede transformar y recuperar la identidad en zonas vulnerables o afectadas por fenómenos de desplazamiento?, ¿Cómo ha influenciado la divulgación y la crítica en la construcción y el desarrollo de la identidad de la arquitectura latinoamericana?


Invitados Internacionales:


Rodolfo Santamaría (México) Álvaro Véliz (Guatemala) María Eugenia Martínez (Colombia) Boris Albornoz (Ecuador)

Ciudad Marginal

Carlos Montoya (Colombia) Héctor Vigliecca (Brasil) Simón Hosie (Colombia)

Louise Noëlle Gras (México) Pedro Belaúnde y Graciela Fernández (Perú)


Andrés Mignucci (Puerto Rico) Alfredo Garay (Argentina) Carlos Eduardo Comas (Brasil) María Dolores Muñoz y Leonel Pérez (Chile)

Institucionalidad y participación ciudadana

Melín Navas (Venezuela) Andrés Navarro (República Dominicana) Augusto Ortiz de Zevallos (Perú) Sara Topelson (México) Fernando Lara y María Camila Coronado (Austin, Texas, EUA)

Recuperación urbana y transporte

Benjamín Barney (Colombia) Manuel Delgado (Venezuela) Juan Pablo Duque (Colombia) Miguel Mayorga y María Pia Fontana (España)

 Comunicación y crítica

Gustavo Luis Moré (República Dominicana) Abilio Guerra (Brasil) Fernando Díez (Argentina) Fernando González Gortázar (México) Ana Esteban Maluenda (España)

Proyecto arquitectónico

Hugo Segawa (Brasil) Mark Raymond (Trinidad y Tobago) Daniel Bermúdez (Colombia) Eduardo Tejeira (Panamá) Gonzalo Cerda Brintrup (Chile)

Conferencistas magistrales

Sergio Magalhães (Brasil)

Alberto Kalach (México)

Cristián Undurraga (Chile)

Reunión de revistas

Mesa revistas de arquitectura: “Retos y rumbos: el porvenir de las revistas”


Lorenzo Fonseca (Colombia) Inés Moisset (Argentina) Abilio Guerra (Brasil)

Maarten Goossens (Colombia) Pedro Antonio Belaúnde (Perú) Horacio Torrent (Chile)

Foro de revistas de arquitectura latinoamericana: “Operatividad, logros y desarrollo de las revistas de arquitectura”


Patricia Méndez (Argentina) Hernán Ascui Fernández (Chile) Humberto Eliash (Chile) Gustavo Luis Moré (República Dominicana)


Iñaki Ábalos – nuevo director de la Graduate School of Design (GSD) de la Universidad de Harvard,

Un arquitecto de mundo

Tras las huellas de Josep Lluís Sert y Rafael Moneo, Iñaki Ábalos estrena la dirección de la escuela de arquitectura de Harvard, una posición desde la que influirá en los edificios del futuro. Por 22 AGO 2013

El flamante nuevo director de la Graduate School of Design (GSD), el de­­partamento de arquitectura de la Universidad de Harvard, Iñaki Ábalos, nació en San Sebastián en 1956 y estudió en Madrid. Ahora vive entre esta ciudad y Cambridge, en Massachusetts, pero tiene casa en Ca­­narias y construye en China. Tal vez por eso se considera más un arquitecto de un tiempo que de un lugar. “Hay que luchar contra la boina: el asentamiento en un lugar no te da certidumbre. La formación de un arquitecto es infinitamente más interesante si es capaz de tener el mundo en la cabeza”, opina. Cree que sus edificios, como la estación del AVE en Logroño o la remodelación de la Fundación Tàpies que concluyó en Barcelona, son un cruce de espacio y tiempo: “Una perspectiva de 100 años iguala muchas cosas. Nos da lo mismo que el Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid esté hecho en la misma época que el pabellón Mies van der Rohe de Barcelona. Nos gustan los dos muchísimo”.

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Anthropology and Photography – Call for papers

British Museum, Clore Centre, 29-31 May 2014

The Royal Anthropological Institute is pleased to announce that a conference ‘Anthropology and Photography’ will take place at the British Museum, Clore Centre, in conjunction with the museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre. The aim of the Conference is to stimulate an international discussion on the place, role and future of photography.  Panel proposals are therefore welcome from any branch of anthropology.

Call for Panels and Papers

We welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners working in museums, academia, media, the arts and anyone who is engaged with historical or contemporary production and use of images.

Panels can draw upon (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • The use of photography across anthropological disciplines
  • The changing place of photography in museums and exhibitions
  • Photography and globalisation
  • Photography, film and fine art
  • Revisiting and re-contextualising archival images
  • Photography and public engagement
  • Ethics, copyright, access and distribution of images
  • Technological innovation and its impact
  • Regional photography practices
  • Visual method and photo theory

The call for panels opens on 1 August 2013 and closes on 31 October 2013

The call for papers opens on 27 November 2013 and closes on 8 January 2014

Conference Fee:

Non-Fellow: £170
RAI Member: £150
RAI Fellow: £90
Concessions: £70
RAI Student Fellow: £50

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