1. Anna Stirr is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, specializing in South Asian music and performing arts. Much of her research focuses on language and song in Nepal. She is currently working on a book about intimacy, migration, and changing ideas of nation and heritage in Nepali popular folk music, and doing research on song in Nepal's communist movements. She is also interested in sound and religious practice, and is teaching courses about Islam in Asia, emotion and music, and South Asian music.

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  2. In this iteration of the Anthropology Colloquium Series, Christopher Dunn (Director, Lyon Arboretum) articulates the vision of the Lyon Arboretum at UH Manoa. Dunn explores the possibilities and challenges of preserving and presenting the biocultural relationship of humans, culture, and physical environment.

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  3. In the course of the conflict in northern Uganda, approximately 1.6 million Acholi were forcibly displaced to internal displacement (IDP) camps that were managed by humanitarian aid organizations. This work focuses on the socio-political effects of humanitarian aid in this warzone – but instead of recounting a list of “unintended effects” of aid, this talk highlights how effects of aid in northern Uganda were actually understandable outcomes of a particular narrative and set of discourses about the conflict that were intentionally created and shaped – a narrative that directed attention towards the humanitarian situation, not the political situation. This talk focuses on the effects and consequences of this sort of narrative, not only for the conflict in Northern Uganda, but for Africa as a whole. This research is based on over two years of fieldwork in Uganda -- in Gulu town, Kampala, and in the IDP camps – starting when the conflict was in full-swing and ending in Peace Talks.

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  4. Among other things, population aging is said to be one of this Century’s biggest challenges. In this presentation, population aging will be discussed in terms of its implications on workforce shortages. People are said to need more money to buy more services and to pay workers. What if there are no more workers? Are there other societal solutions? Are there non-market solutions to consider as well? Is there a need to find surrogates workers – human and non-human? Is there a need to redefine “familialism” to promote home care? Is there a need to create elder-friendly communities? Is there a need to review our post-secondary education and career ladder infrastructure to facilitate and not hamper the maximum utilization of our available human resource? This presentation will weave together several disparate examples with the underlying thread of finding societal solutions for eldercare workforce shortages. These examples include: (1) the depopulation of Japan, (2) the Filipino’s concept of kinship and its implications for eldercare, (3) the searching for geographic clusters of older adults and building community cultures, and (4) the role of community colleges for eldercare workforce development. In part, the societal solutions for eldercare workforce development may require a paradigmatic shift from solely a market to a more complex incorporation of cultural, non-market initiatives as well to prevent collapse.

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  5. During the 20th century most anthropological fieldwork was conducted in a single visit, usually of about a year’s duration. This led to narrative accounts in the “ethnographic present,” which fostered a rather static view of culture. Improvements in transportation and communication have made return visits over long periods of time more feasible for ethnographers, providing opportunities to come to grips with changes over time: changes in the culture being studied, changes in anthropology, and changes in the ethnographer(s). Alan Howard will discuss the pros and cons of such long-term fieldwork based on his experience of more than 50 years of research with people from the Polynesian island of Rotuma.

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Department of Anthropology (ANTH)
College of Social Science | University of Hawaii at Manoa

Degrees: Minor, BA, MA, PhD
Major academic areas: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Applied Archaeology, Hawaiian…

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Department of Anthropology (ANTH)
College of Social Science | University of Hawaii at Manoa

Degrees: Minor, BA, MA, PhD
Major academic areas: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Applied Archaeology, Hawaiian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Medical Anthropology, Ecological Anthropology, Discursive Practices, Asia, Pacific Islands, Oceania

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