Political Economies of Energy Research (PEER) Group
Cristobal Valencia R. ( Assistant Professor (Ethnology) at University of New Mexico) Website | Summary apply nowThis project considers oil and gas exploitation – like any other form of
exploitation – as a social process related to issues of sovereignty and
social justice. The PEER group is a collaborative and comparative
ethnographic project that analyzes nuevomexicano and afrovenezuelan
grassroots subjectivity and participation in energy development in two
different contexts: 1) nation-states [the US and Venezuela], and 2)
political-economic systems [capitalism and socialism]. Please see project
web page and contact Dr. Valencia for more information regarding
opportunities for undergraduate and graduate research.
The Department of Anthropology is offering an 8-week archaeology field course (ANTH 375/575) at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, New Mexico, during the Fall 2014 semester (6 credit hours). Students will receive training in basic archaeological field methods, including mapping, artifact analysis, survey and excavation. Enrollment is limited to 12 students. See flyer for more information.
Hawaii Historical and Archaeological Field School
June 1-26, 2015, Dr. Michael Graves
Dr. Michael W. Graves (University of New Mexico) with Kekuewa Kikiloi, Ph.D. (University of Hawai'i), Kelley Uyeoka (Kumupa'a Cultural Resource Consultants, LLC.), Joseph Birkmann (Ph.D. candidate, University of New Mexico), and Mark W. Oxley (Ph.D. candidate, University of New Mexico)
The Hawai'i Historical and Archaeological Research Project (H2ARP) is a field and archival research training program focused on the cultural and natural resources of North Kohala, Hawai‘i Island. It is jointly sponsored by the University of New Mexico, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and Kamehameha Schools. The goals of this research have been to describe and reconstruct traditional Hawaiian agricultural practices within the drainages and on the adjacent ridge tops of Windward North Kohala. We attempt to understand the geophysical and climatic effects on the transport of water and irrigation of taro throughout this area. Using historical as well as archaeological materials we also reconstruct the social and political dynamics at different scales of time and space as they played out in land tenure and resource access.
Kibale Chimpanzee Project
Ongoing since 2006, with Dr. M.N. Muller and Dr. M. Emery Thompson
The Kibale Chimpanzee Project, established by Dr. Richard Wrangham in 1987, is a long-term field study of the behavior, ecology, and physiology of wild chimpanzees. Our researchers and field staff conduct daily behavioral observations on a group of approximately 60 chimpanzees in the Kanyawara region of Kibale National Park, southwestern Uganda. This research contributes to our understanding of primate behavioral diversity, human evolutionary ecology, and chimpanzee conservation. KCP field staff and researchers collect data on chimpanzee social behavior, party composition, ranging, feeding, and health. These observations are supplemented by collection of specialized data, including detailed records of play, tool use, hunting, aggression, and forest phenology. We also conduct non-invasive urine sampling, for hormonal analysis, and fecal sampling, for genetic studies.
Late-Pleistocene and Holocene Zooarchaeological Investigations in Mainland Southeast Asia
Cyler Conrad (University of New Mexico) in collaboration with Ben Marwick (University of Washington), Hannah Van Vlack (San Jose State University), Rasmi Shoocongdej (Silpakorn University, Bangkok) and Cholawit Thongcharoenchaikit (National Science Museum, Pathumthani Province)
This project is the focus of my (C.C.) dissertation research at UNM and centers on identifying, quantifying and isotopically investigating the faunal assemblage from Khao Toh Chong Rockshelter (~16,000-Present), Krabi, Thailand. Currently, I am also reanalyzing the faunal remains from Spirit Cave (~12,000-8,000 B.P.) and Banyan Valley Cave (~6,000-1,000 B.P.), northwest Thailand. Results of these analyses will be used to test hypotheses about the ‘Broad Spectrum Revolution’ in mainland Southeast Asia, hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition and forager mobility in the tropical rainforest of the Thai-Malay Peninsula.
The El Mirón Cave-Upper Asón Valley Prehistoric Project (Cantabria, Spain)
Since 1996, Dr. Lawrence G Straus (University of New Mexico) and Manuel González-Morales (Universidad de Cantabria)
UNM Professor Lawrence Straus and Universidad de Cantabria Professor Manuel González-Morales, together with dozens of students from those and other universities around the world and collaborating scientists from the US, Spain, UK, Germany and France have been excavating and analyzing evidence from the large Mirón Cave in the Cantabrian Cordillera of northern Spain. First visited by Straus in 1973, this site has yielded one of the longest and richest cultural and paleoenvironmental sequences in Europe, with levels ranging from the final Mousterian through the Bronze Age, dated by 84 radiocarbon assays. The most important layers pertain to the Neolithic and the Magdalenian, the latter having yielded huge quantities of artifacts and faunal remains, as well as works of portable art intimately associated with cave art, hearths and the first Magdalenian human burial found in Iberia. The site has contributed to the study of climate change, salmon, elk and human DNA, archeomagnetic dating, and taphonomy, as well as long-term cultural adaptations, including human survival during the Last Glacial Maximum and the origins of food production in Atlantic Europe. To date, the research has produced a 475-page monograph, some 70 published articles, several UNM and UC theses and dissertations, and many presentations at meetings in Spain, US and internationally. The project is now fully in the analysis and write-up phase. It has been supported by grants from NSF, Leakey Foundation, National Geographic Society, the Spanish and Cantabrian regional governments, and the UNM Fund for Stone Age Research.
The Specter of Belonging: Binational Same Sex Couples and the
Shifting Politics of Recognition in the United States
January 2011 - August 2013, Jara Carrington, P.I. (Ethnology, UNM)
My dissertation is a political ethnography of how “binational same sex couples” fought for and recently gained state recognition and immigration rights in the United States. I analyze interviews with advocates and service providers, news stories, government documents, and other texts to consider how a variety of actors worked to construct this category in a political system where ideologies of belonging are made material through shifting state processes of inclusion and exclusion. Further, I utilize ethnographic research methods with individuals in relationships characterized as “binational same sex” to understand how they use this category to negotiate the legal and political structures of the immigration system as they work to stay together in the United States. I engage feminist, queer, and materialist theories to analyze the complicated and dynamic relationship between state power, rights-based advocacy campaigns, and binational couples’ lived experience.