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February 2021

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

MMAC – Yael Assor – ‘Objectivity’ as a Bureaucratic Virtue

Mind, Medicine, and Culture is pleased to welcome back one of our own recent graduates, Dr. Yael Assor. Her presentation and the reading draw on her doctoral research with a group of Israeli medical bureaucrats and is entitled “‘Objectivity’ as a Bureaucratic Virtue.” The abstract for her presentation is on the attached/embedded flyer. **(Please follow link to RSVP: https://forms.gle/vD8ewv98SwmCbJF7A)** ***If you are already on the permanent Zoom RSVP list please do not RSVP again. Access to the reading will be provided…

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

April 2021

MMAC – Anna I. Corwin – Celebrating the upcoming publication of Embracing Age: How Cathplic Nuns Become Models of Aging Well

Anna I. Corwin is a linguistic and psychological anthropologist. She received her PhD from UCLA and is an assistant professor of anthropology at Saint Mary’s College of California. Her research and teaching interests span the fields of linguistic anthropology, psychological anthropology, the anthropology of religion, aging, and well-being. Corwin is a recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities for her research on aging and well-being.

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April 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm

Bathumi Ayul Abwol Dak – Policing and State Violence: Scholars in Conversation with Activists and Artists

Part 4 of the Race, Racism, Policing and State Violence series Bathumi Ayul Abwol Dak, Research Coordinator, Diversity for Strategic Studies. Editor in Chief, Wajuma News Teatro do Oprimado (Theatre of the Oppressed)   Chaired by Zachary Modesire and Abdullah Puckett

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April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

May 2021

BEC – Kim TallBear – Indigenous STS, Governance, and Decolonization

BEC is pleased to co-sponsor the following event with The American Indian Studies Center, the Institute for Society and Genetics, and the Culture, Power, and Social Change Group. Note special day and time and Zoom link: Thursday, May 13, 12:15 to 1:45 PST - https://ucla.zoom.us/j/97160150930 Kim TallBear Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta Like traditional Science and Technology Studies, the new field of Indigenous STS studies…

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May 13 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Legacies of Political Detention and the Burmese Democracy Movement

This panel is part of a series of teach-ins on the Burmese Democracy Movement, organized with the goal of disseminating knowledge about violence perpetrated against political activist communities in Burma. This event was sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA. It was co-sponsored by UCLA's Department of Anthropology. The recording of the panel can be viewed on the UC Berkeley CSEAS YouTube channel. Panelists: Andrew M. Jefferson (Senior…

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May 14

Politics of Black Transnational Solidarity in North Africa and the Middle East: A Conversation

Part 5 of the Race, Racism, Policing and State Violence series Noura Erakat, Rutgers University Darryl Li, University of Chicago Jemima Pierre, UCLA

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May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

June 2021

2021 Lemelson Anthropological Undergraduate Honors Conference

RSVP: https://forms.gle/R4ftwUtz5fsALfuJA Student Scholars profiles, project titles, and videos (coming soon): https://lemelson.anthro.ucla.edu/student-scholars/

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June 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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