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January 2021

MMAC – Roy Richard Grinker – Nobody’s Normal

Mind, Medicine, and Culture (MMAC) is pleased to be hosting Roy Richard Grinker to discuss his upcoming book Nobody’s Normal. In preparation we will read his recent article in Current Anthropology “Autism, “Stigma,” Disability: A Shifting Historical Terrain” (2020). In this presentation on his new book Nobody’s Normal (W.W. Norton; release date Jan. 26, 2021), Roy R. Grinker argues that stigma is a social process that can be explained through cultural history, a process that began the moment we defined mental illness, that we learn from…

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January 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm

From Ethnography to Ethno-Graphic: Representing the Work of the Police

Black Lives Matter: Global Perspectives Webinar Series with Dider Fassin Organizers: UCLA International Institute; UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies; Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy Co-sponsors: Center for Social Medicine and the Humanities (Semel Institute), David Geffen School of Medicine; Global Health Program, David Geffen School of Medicine; UCLA Department of Anthropology   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ** After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom webinar. Please note, you will only be able…

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January 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:40 am

February 2021

BEC – Michael Tomasello – Becoming human: A theory of ontogeny

Michael Tomasello, Duke University and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Humans are biologically adapted for cultural life in ways that other primates are not. Humans have unique motivations and cognitive skills for sharing emotions, experience, and collaborative actions (shared intentionality). These motivations and skills first emerge in human ontogeny at around one year of age, as infants begin to participate with other persons in various kinds of collaborative and joint attentional activities, including linguistic communication. Our nearest primate…

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February 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

BEC – Dorsa Amir – The development of decision-making across diverse cultural contexts

Dorsa Amir, Boston College Department of Psychology The human behavioral repertoire is uniquely diverse, with an unmatched flexibility that has allowed our species to flourish in every ecology on the planet. Despite its importance, the roots of this behavioral diversity — and how it manifests across development and contexts — remain largely unexplored. I argue that a full account of human behavior requires a cross-cultural, developmental approach that systematically examines how environmental variability shapes behavioral processes. In this talk, I use…

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February 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

MMAC – Elizabeth Fein – Living on the Spectrum: Autism and Youth in Community

MMAC is pleased to be hosting Elizabeth Fein to discuss her book Living on the Spectrum: Autism and Youth in Community (NYU Press, 2020), a two year, multi-sited ethnographic study of how young people on the autism spectrum negotiate the meanings of their contested condition in their everyday lives, in places where they live, learn, work, play, and love. What do autism spectrum diagnoses do? How do they aggregate people around particular sets of tendencies and proclivities, and what are…

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February 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm

BEC – Paul Smaldino – The evolution of covert signaling in diverse societies

Paul Smaldino, Department of Cognitive and Information Sciences, University of California, Merced Identity signals are common components of communication transmissions that inform receivers of the signaler’s membership (or non-membership) in a subset of individuals. Signals can be overt, broadcast to all possible receivers, or covert, encrypted so that only similar receivers are likely to perceive their identity-relevant meaning. I’ll present an instrumental theory of identity signaling as a mechanism for social assortment, formalized with both analytical and agent-based models. Covert…

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February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

MMAC – Robert Lemelson – Person-Centered Interviewing and Visual Psychological Anthropology: Complexities and Challenges

MMAC will not meet on 15 February in observance of Presidents’ Day.   **(Please follow link to RSVP: https://forms.gle/vD8ewv98SwmCbJF7A)**   ***If you are already on the permanent Zoom RSVP list please do not RSVP again. Dear All, Mind, Medicine, and Culture (MMAC) is pleased to be hosting Robert Lemelson. His presentation is entitled: “Person-Centered Interviewing and Visual Psychological Anthropology: Complexities and Challenges” (abstract is on the attached/embedded flyer). The chapter we will be reading and discussing is from a soon-to-be published book…

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February 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Book Celebration with Diane C. Perlov – Driving the Samburu Bride: Fieldwork among Cattle Keepers in Kenya 

cover of Driving the Samburu Bride

 A BOOK CELEBRATION!  The Department of Anthropology cordially invites you to come celebrate  a new book by Dr. Diane C. Perlov, VP of Exhibits at the California Science Center UCLA MA Anthropology '79, UCLA PhD Anthropology '87 Driving the Samburu Bride  Fieldwork among Cattle Keepers in Kenya    Through Zoom Register by February 22, 2021 https://preview.tinyurl.com/PerlovTalk   

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February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

March 2021

BEC – Manvir Singh – The nature and origins of religious super-attractors

Manvir Singh, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse Human societies reliably develop “cultural super-attractors”, or complex practices and beliefs that exhibit striking similarities. In this talk, I will present research on the nature and origins of three religious super-attractors: shamanism, religious self-denial, and beliefs in supernatural punishment. These cultural practices appeared in the vast majority of human societies, predated doctrinal religions, and persist even when doctrinal religious authorities try to quash them. Drawing variously on cultural evolutionary…

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March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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