Great HECLab representation at the SfAAs! Don Nelson, Emily Horton, John McGreevy, and Jon Hallemeier presented research at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, which was held this year in Portland, Oregon.
Don gave a talk on CZO research describing historical land cover evolution in South Carolina; Emily presented dissertation results exploring underappreciated narratives of artisanal fishing and how narratives shape policy; Jon presented preliminary analysis exploring collaborative politics and competing claims to collaboration in a national forest planning process; and John Ryan presented preliminary dissertation work.
Cydney Seigerman and MFA candidate Alden DiCamillo (UGA) organized a public pop-up exhibition as the culmination of their project Exploring Research as Craft: A Workshop Series to Promote Cross-Discipline Communication by Examining Processes of Creating to Approach Questions. More than 50 members of the Athens community attended the three hour exhibition.
Conceptualized and led by Cydney and Alden, Exploring Research as Craft brought together graduate students from across the UGA campus to collaboratively engage through craft, material meaning-making, and critical response. Students from the Odum School of Ecology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Warnell School of Forestry, the College of Environment and Design, and the Lamar Dodd School of Art participated in a three-part workshop series, developing creative projects based on their research, which were displayed at the pop-up gallery show at ATHICA. Cydney’s piece was a live performance entitled “Researcher reads scholarly articles at home/office,” which challenged the boundaries placed between work and home in the context of academic research.
Exploring Research as Craft was supported by a grant from the Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) and also supported by ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art. ICE is an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA. ATHICA is a non-profit gallery providing collaborative and community arts space within the Athens, Georgia community.
Mike Coughlan and Don Nelson have a new publication out in JAS. The "Geostatistical Analysis of Historical Contingency in Land Use Footprints in the Prehistoric Settlement Dynamics of the South Carolina Piedmont, North America" continues the exploration of land use legacies within the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory. The paper demonstrates that beginning with the ceramic period, historical contingency explains settlement patterns better than solely looking at topographic and land form characteristics. Linked with our earlier published analyses, we begin to see direct links between ceramic period and contemporary land use patterns in South Carolina.
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