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2016

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2016), Germany set of lectures on Healing Practices and Religion at Augsburg University, Augsburg, Germany, from mid April to mid June (lectures approx. 3 and ½ hrs each).

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2016) "Medical Pluralism, Migration, and Shifting Contextst of Healing". Jointly presented the ZIG International Lecture on Health Research, University of Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany, 19th of May  Stewart (Strathern),

Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2016), joint discussants for “Resilience, disaster, and anthropological knowledge” sessions (23 July) at the European Assocation of Social Anthroplogists 14th EASA 2016 meeting on Anthropological Legacies and Human Futures, held in Milano, Italy.

Stewart (Strathern), Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2016), Refugee Movements, Medicine, Migration and Minorities; What Futures for Pluralism?   Jointly presented this public lecture on the 25th of August, Lillehammer University College, Norway

2015

Stewart (Strathern), Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2015), Ritual, Creativity, and Conflict Transformation. Jointly presented the Mary L. Thomas Lecture, West Virginia University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Morgantown, West Virginia, 12th November.

Strathern, Andrew J. and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2015), “Construction of the Self and other. Anthropological perspectives”, The Departments of Anthropological Sciences, and International Relations, University of Malta, and the Organization for IntraCultural Development (OICD), at the Borders of Identity: Forces of Cohesion and Division in European Migration at Local, National, & Europe Levels., held on 15th October 2015,  (Sir Jack Goody Library, Valletta Campus, St Paul’s Street, Valletta, Malta), Session 1: Academic Perspectives on Identity and Migration.

Stewart (Strathern), Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2015), "Fusion Shamanism: A Model for Cultural Creativity and Renewal”, 2015 Shamanism Conference, International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism (ISSR), [Sacred Landscapes and Conflict Transformation: History, Space, Place and Power in Shamanism], held on 13 October 2015 in Delphi, Greece.

Stewart (Strathern), Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2015), closed the conference with our second presentation, “Peace and Conflict: Ritual Bridging”, 2015 OICD Annual Workshop, Engaging Conflict & Peace through Identity: Building Practical Toolsets from Conceptual Understanding, Belfast, 4th-5th June, 2015, Hosted by: Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Centre for International Borders Research The Queen's University of Belfast.

Stewart (Strathern), Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2015), opening of the conference with our presentation “Engaging conflict and peace through identity.”, 2015 OICD Annual Workshop, Engaging Conflict & Peace through Identity: Building Practical Toolsets from Conceptual Understanding, Belfast, 4th-5th June, 2015, Hosted by: Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Centre for International Borders Research The Queen's University of Belfast.

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2015), Germany lectures set of 8 at Augsburg University, Augsburg, Germany, on “Medical Anthropology: Practices of Curing and Healing”, May 11, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, and 22 (approx. 3 and ½ hrs each).

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2015) “"Natural" Disasters: How People Cope and How People Hope", 3rd of April, Indo-Pacific Research Group talk, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2015) Risk Reduction in Environmental Disasters at the round table on Risk Reduction in Disasters at the Society for Applied Anthropology meeting held in Pittsburgh, PA, March 26th.  We presented our findings as a way of looking comparatively at the issues of Risk Reduction in Environmental Disasters.

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2015) “Ritual is Everything?" public lecture, 6th of March, noon, Department of Religious Studies and Department of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin. Austin, Texas, USA.

2014

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2014), Dealing with Disasters: Multiple Dimensions of Policies and Practices. Jointly presented seminar at the Philanthropic Economic Era and the New Missions of Charity Organization, The Third Tzu Chi Forum, Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014.

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (2014), Conflict Resolution Problems in South Sudan. Mini-workshop on Conflict Resolution Problems in South Sudan, held at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, June, 2014

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2014)  “Curing, Healing, and Compassion: on Balance, Health, and Illness” public lecture, 3rd of June 4:15-6:30 p.m. Freie University, Berlin, Germany.

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern)  (2014)  “Rituals in Social Process: Change vs Stability.  Ritual Theory and the Significance of Creativity” public lecture, May 23rd 4 p.m (approx. 2 ½ hrs) Freiburg University, Freiburg, Germany.

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2014), Germany lectures set of 7 at Augsburg University, Augsburg, Germany, “Violence, Conflict-Resolution and Peace-Making”, May 19, 20, 21, 22 and 26, 27, 28 (approx. 3 and ½ hrs each).

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (2014), Past and Present Ethnographies and Shifting Strategies of Conflict Resolution. Jointly presented seminar at the Real and Symbolic Paths to Conflict Transformation and Cultural Reclamation, The Organization for Intra-Cultural Development (OICD) Annual Workshop, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, May 12th 2014.

Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew Strahtern (2014), Local Peace-making Strategies and Meta-Pragmatics. Jointly presented seminar at the Real and Symbolic Paths to Conflict Transformation and Cultural Reclamation, The Organization for Intra-Cultural Development (OICD) Annual Workshop, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, May 12th 2014.

2013

Stewart (Strathern), Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2013), Curing, Healing, and Compassion. Jointly presented seminar at Tzu-chi University, Hualien, Taiwan, 20 December 2013.

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2013), An Anthropological View of Charity.  Jointly presented seminar at Tzu-chi University, Hualien, Taiwan, 19 December 2013.

Strathern, Andrew and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2013), Cultural Heritage, Memory, and Natural Disasters.  Jointly presented seminar at Dong-Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan, 18 December 2013.

Stewart (Strathern), Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2013), "Material Interfaces, Power, and Identities: Opening and Closing Pathways between Worlds", 2013 American Anthropological Association (AAA) annual meeting. Session on The Materiality of the Occult: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, held on 20th November 2013 in Chicago, IL, USA.

Stewart (Strathern), Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2013), "The Shaman Can Speak When all Others Fall Silent: Intimidation, Violence, Ritual and Healing", 11th Conference of International Society for Shamanistic Research (ISSR). Session organized by Diana Riboli and Davide Torri on Dealing with Violence.  Conflict, Repression and Suffering in Shamanism, held at Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China, 6-9 September, 2013.

Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2013), Identities in Conflict and Conflict Mediation: Contrasting Cases from Ireland and Papua New Guiena, 2013 Title of Conference: Transforming Conflict and Building Cohesion through Identity (5-6 July 2013), held at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. We were also participants and discussants throughout the 2 days of the event.

Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2013), Identities as Problems, Identities as Solutions, 2013 Title of Conference: Transforming Conflict and Building Cohesion through Identity (5-6 July 2013), held at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. We were also participants and discussants throughout the 2 days of the event.

Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew J. Strathern, Institute of Technology, Letterkenny, Ireland, (2013), Title of Conference: Donegal: Irish Diaspora conference. Hands of History, One Donegal: Many pasts, One future (4-5 June 2013),  We were participants in the event.

Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew J. Strathern, University of Pittsburgh, (2013), Title of Conference: Japan Anthropology Workshop, 23rd Conference (7-9 March 2013),  We were participants and discussants throughout the 2.5 days of the event.

15 to 16 February 2013

"Traditional Chinese Medicine in Contemporary Contexts" conference Co-organized by Dr. Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) and Prof. Andrew J. Strathern, held at the University of Pittsburgh and sponsored by the Asian Studies Center, Confucius Institute, University Center of International Studies, and the China Council.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been widely disseminated around the world.  China's heritage in this regard has become a part of world heritage.  The overall framework of our conference was within medical anthropology and the study of pluralism and symbiosis between different medical approaches to problems of curing and healing sicknesses, and biomedical treatments.

We provided the "Introduction to the Themes and Concerns in Contemporary Contexts" (PJ Stewart and AJ Strathern, 2013), served as general Discussants throughout the conference, and summed up the conference presentations with a discussion of the themes and ideas in our "Remarks, Further Considerations, and Future Directions" (AJ Strathern and PJ Stewart, 2013).

2012

Stewart (Strathern), Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2012), The Anthropology of Disasters. Jointly presented seminar at the Department of Anthropology, National Tsing-hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 26 December 2012.

17th November 2012

Stewart (Strathern), Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2012), "Shamans or Witches? Emerging Attributions and Interregional Politics Among Paiwan Groups in Southern Taiwan", 2012 American Anthropological Association (AAA) annual meeting.

Session organized by Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer on Shamanic Communities Defending and Bridging Borders, held in San Francisco, USA.  This paper expanded our long-running work on shamanism which has been published in a number of venues.  The publications details are:

Strathern, Andrew J. and Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) (2013). Dark and Light Shamanisms: Themes of Conflict , Ambivalence, and Healing. In, Shamanism and Violence: Power, Repression and Suffering in Indigenous Religious Conflicts, edited by Diana Riboli and Davide Torri. London: Ashgate Publishing.

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th May 2012

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De Carle Distinguished Lectures jointly presented by Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern.  The de Carle Distinguished Lecturers are appointed yearly on an international competitive basis by the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, to give lectures with a wide-ranging scholarly and contemporary cross-disciplinary character.  Our lecture topics are given below.  All lectures were jointly presented to a public audience, including students and faculty of the University.

3 May 2012

"Papua New Guinea: Peace and Violence Takes Turns".  This lecture deals with the alternation of violence and peace-making processes in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea since the 1930s, drawing on the argument of our book (Strathern and Stewart, Peace-Making and the Imagination, University of Queensland Press, 2011), and utilizing the linguistic concept of meta-pragmatics to elucidate mechanisms of peace-making.

10 May 2012

"Religion, Identity, and the Flow of Peace and Violence in Pacific Societies".  This lecture argues that religion and ritual practices can be involved both in the production of violence and in peace-making processes.  Case-materials are adduced from Bellona , in the Solomon Islands, where historically there was an emphasis on violence and revenge, and from Mount Hagen,  in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, where peace-making through compensations for deaths, prevailed, especially after colonial pacification.

17 May 2012

"Emotive Markers of Conflict, Peace-Making, and Diaspora Shifts of Identity".  This lecture draws on materials from popular songs in Scotland and Ireland on topics of violence and peace-making, historical memories of conflicts and diaspora shifts of identity, and uses linguistic theories of framing, image-production, and the collapsing of time and space to explain how songs of commemoration act as forms of ritual practice to create their messages.

24 May 2012

"Disasters, the Cosmos, and Peace-Making".  This lecture enters into the new theoretical arena of Disaster Anthropology, arguing that there is a need to study the long-term as well as the short-term effects of natural disasters, and to understand people’s own efforts to make peace with the environment and between themselves over time. The meta-pragmatics of local perceptions of the cosmos are involved in this process, just as they are in coping with violence and conflict-resolution.

2011

27th December 2011

Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2011) "Peace-making and the Imagination".  Jointly presented seminar at the Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan.  This lecture presented materials from our recently published book "Peace-making the Imagination"(2011) and opened a discussion on the use of the meta-pragmatics of local contexts in resolving conflict. 

23rd December 2011

Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2011) "Disaster Anthropology: How People Cope, How People Hope".  Jointly presented Keynote address at a Conference on Disaster Relief at Tzu-chi University, Hualien, Taiwan.  We discussed the importance of exploring the local concerns of individuals impacted by natural disaster and the ways in which NGOs provide disaster relief to these communities.

20th December 2011

Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2011) "Lessons in Peace-making from the Pacific".  Jointly presented seminar at the Department of Human Development, Tzu-chi University, Hualien, Taiwan.  We discuss how peace-making strategies differ and depend on the local situations in which conflict arises.

16th December 2011

Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2011) "The Anthropology of Peace-making".  Jointly presented seminar at the Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.  This presentation explored the ways in which songs and poetry express the loss from violent conflict and propose images of peaceful human interactions.

14th December 2011

Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (2011) "Ritual Performance and Embodiment Theory".  Jointly presented seminar at the Department of Religious Studies, Fu Jen University, Taipei, Taiwan.  This presentation discussed the ways in which the body is a significant component in ritual performances in general as discussed in our recent article on the topic (2011,  Strathern, Andrew J. and Pamela J. Stewart.  Chapter 22, PERSONHOOD: Embodiment and Personhood.  In, "A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment", Frances E. Mascia-Lees (ed.). Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., pp. 388-402).

17th and 25th of August 2011

Lectures at Universities of Oslo and University of Bergen in Norway: In Oslo, "Embodiment and Personhood: On Keeping the Body" (Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart); In Bergen, "Aesthetics and Dynamics of Violence and Peace : Beyond the Triangle" (Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart).  During August 2011 we met with colleagues in Lillehammer, Hamar, and Oslo to discuss issues in medical anthropology, ritual theory, and museum holdings of Pacific region artifacts, as well as visiting the Norwegian Agricultural Research Institute to follow up our long-standing interest in European agriculture.

7-9 July  2011

We were the Co-Organizers and Discussants for the European Union Center of Excellence Academic Conference 7-9 July  2011 on the topic of "Dilemmas of Diversity and Challenges to Union: The Euro as a Central Contested Symbol in the European Union".  We undertook fieldwork in Ireland in May 2011 in connection with this topic.  The Conference itself featured three scholars from Universities in Greece, in addition to scholars working in other parts of Europe, and the event was marked by very lively, in-depth discussions.  The theme was immensely topical and significant for the future of the EU as a whole, and we hope to hold a larger follow-up conference in a subsequent year, to revisit and re-examine the issues at stake.

9-12 June 2011

We were Keynote speakers at a special conference convened in the Department of Social Anthropology (School of Anthropological, Philosophical and Film Studies) at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland.  The topic of the conference as a whole was Political Violence.  It was held as a part of the University’s celebration of its 600th year, and was also intended to recognize earlier work on theories of violence.  Our jointly presented keynote address to the conference was titled: "The Aesthetics and Dynamics of Violence and Peace" (Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart). 

March 2011

Our book on "Peace-making and the Imagination" (Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart, 2011, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press; and Penguin Australia) explores peace-making strategies, and is included in the New Approaches to Peace and Conflict Series.


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