Nepal Summit Transforms Students Into Anthropologists

A Dartmouth Now article by Bill Platt:

Dartmouth students got a taste of professional anthropology fieldwork when international leaders of government, NGOs, academia, and the Nepali diaspora convened at the College for the Nepal Earthquake Summit last month.

As part of Kenneth Bauer’s class “Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalayas,” the students took detailed anthropological field notes from the summit proceedings, interviewed Nepali participants, and produced a collaborative ethnography of the three-day event.

Professor Casana on BBC Radio

Associate Professor of Anthropology Jesse Casana was featured on BBC Radio earlier this week. Professor Casana talked about archeology and looting in Syria, and his work with villagers who are now internally displaced, living in a camp on the border with Turkey. The interview is an episode in a BBC series called The Museum of Lost Objects.

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"The Museum of Lost Objects traces the histories of 10 antiquities or cultural sites that have been destroyed or looted in Iraq and Syria.

Quoted: Kenneth Bauer on the Nepal Earthquake Summit

“One objective for Dartmouth is to walk our walk in terms of being multidisciplinary, spanning boundaries, and getting a full representation of disciplines and approaches to the problem of disaster relief and redevelopment,” says Kenneth Bauer in an Associated Press story, published by The Washington Times and other publications, about the upcoming Nepal Earthquake Summit at Dartmouth.

Bauer is the program manager of human development at the Dickey Center for International Understanding and a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and at the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.

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For Watanabe's Students, New Zealand is Full of Lessons

A recent Dartmouth Now article takes us behind the scenes to meet the Dartmouth Anthropology professor who has spent four winters leading the Anthropology Department's Foreign Studies Program in New Zealand. Throughout the course of these four winters, Associate Professor of Anthropology John Watanabe has worked to "shepherd Dartmouth undergraduates through the cultural landscape of New Zealand."

Of his experience, Watanabe explains: "One of the things the students learn is that a place may not be as it seems. What initially appears familiar, with time may indeed seems strange."

To read the entire article, published on 6/24/14 by Dartmouth Now, click here.

To learn more about the Anthropology Department's Foreign Studies Program to New Zealand, click here.