Speakers

CONFERENCE 2: EPHEMERAL ARCHITECTURE

Denise Y. Arnold holds postgraduate degrees in Architecture and Environmental Studies, and a doctorate in Anthropology from University College London. She has been Leverhulme Research Fellow, ESRC Senior Research Fellow, and Research Professor at Birkbeck, University of London. She is currently director of the Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara, in La Paz, Bolivia, working with the UCLA Modern Endangered Languages Program, and Senior Research Fellow (Hon.) at University College London. Her current interests include artifact-oriented theory and museology issues centered on Andean textiles, and visual languages, oral tradition and non-verbal systems of communication, including new approaches to Andean iconography. Her recent publications include Lengua, cultura y mundos entre los aymaras: Reflexiones sobre nexos vitales(with Juan de Dios Yapita, 2022), Situating the Andean Colonial Experience: Ayllu Tales of History and Hagiography in the Time of the Spanish (2021), and A Critique of Andean Reason (Ed. with Carlos Abreu Mendoza, 2018).

Brenner Billy is a Choctaw tribal member and holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He is currently Program Coordinator 2 for the Public Programs Department at the Choctaw Cultural Center in Calera, Oklahoma. In his workplace, he focuses on helping Cultural Educators with the skills necessary to host tours, workshops, classes, exhibitions, and events on the property of the Choctaw Cultural Center. The areas of focus include historical points, Choctaw lifeways, and current Choctaw traditions that are permissible for guests to partake in. He is engaged in Rivercane Restoration as well as Hickory tree research for sustainability in Choctaw basketry and stickball stick making.

Mark Dike DeLancey is Professor and Chair of History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University.  He received his BA in combined studio art/art history from Oberlin College in 1996, and his Ph.D. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University in 2004.  His research has primarily focused on 19th-20th century palace architecture in northern Cameroon in what was once the eastern-most province of the Sokoto Empire. He is the author of Conquest and Construction: Palace Architecture in Northern Cameroon (Brill, 2016), coauthor of the last three editions of the Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cameroon (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020, 2010, 2000) and has published articles in JSAHCahiers d’études africaines, and Islamic Africa.  More recently his research interests have shifted to calligraphy, manuscripts, and modern art in Mauritania as well as a side project on the Tomb of Askia Muhammad in Gao, Mali.

Jorge Baracutei Estevez was born in a small rural town in the Dominican Republic and has identified with his Taino Indian roots all his life. Estevez has done extensive research on the Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean for over 40 years.  He worked as a Museum Program Specialist, Workshops Coordinator and Assistant to Research at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian for 25 years. In 2011 he founded Higuayagua Taino, a group dedicated to research and dissemination of Caribbean indigeneity. In 2022, he published a Reconstructed Taino Language dictionary.  Higuayagua members and their children are now re-learning the Taino Arawak language once spoken throughout the Caribbean.

Santiago Giraldo is an anthropological archaeologist who is especially interested in the intersection of architecture, power, and politics among the ancient Tairona peoples of northern Colombia. His research focuses on the ways in which Tairona towns such as Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida and Pueblito were built through time, and what this may say about broader sociopolitical changes among these polities as they expanded throughout the northern and western flanks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta from AD 100 to AD 1600. Since 2010, he has led conservation efforts at Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida along with the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History and broader community development projects throughout the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta as Latin America Director for Global Heritage Fund , as well as designing heritage conservation projects in other parts of Latin America. He is also the Executive Director of the ProSierra Nevada de Santa Marta Foundation, where he leads environmental conservation efforts and projects in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Serranía del Perijá of Colombia. 

Kenneth G. Kelly, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (Anthropology, University of South Carolina) and Research Professor (Anthropology, Syracuse University), is a pioneering scholar in the multi-sited archaeology of the African Diaspora.  His research focused on investigating daily life under plantation slavery in the French Caribbean, and the ways in which African societies engaged with the slave trade in West Africa.  Kelly has developed comparative approaches investigating the diverging colonial trajectories of the former French colonies of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and explored the differing impacts of the slave trade on state level societies in eighteenth-century Benin, and decentralized societies during the “illegal” nineteenth-century slave trade in Guinea.  Publishing over 50 articles and chapters in venues including EthnohistoryAfriquesAtlantic Studies, and American Anthropologist, his research has been supported by the French Ministry of Culture, the Fulbright, Wenner-Gren, and the National Science Foundation, among others.  He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1995.

Peter Nabokov is an anthropologist and writer who has conducted ethnographic and ethnohistorical research with Native American communities throughout North America. He is the author of numerous articles and reports and has published eight books, including Indian Running, Native American Testimony: From Prophecy to the Present 1442 – 1992, and Native American Architecture. In 1990-91, he received an Indo-U.S. Sub-commission Fellowship to study in South India. Nabokov recently served on the Anthropology faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is continuing his research on the vernacular architecture of South India as well as his American Indian Studies in the Plains, California, and the Southwest. Currently, Nabokov is completing two books on the relationship between American Indians and Yellowstone National Park, a third trade book on American Indian sacred geography, and his new book, A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History was recently published by Cambridge University Press.

Louis P. Nelson is Professor of Architectural History and the Vice Provost for Academic Outreach in the Office of the Provost. He is a specialist in the built environments of the early modern Atlantic world, with published work on the American South, the Caribbean, and West Africa. His current research engages the spaces of enslavement in West Africa and in the Americas, working to document and interpret the buildings and landscapes that shaped the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Working together with archaeologists, Nelson is interested in using buildings to explore Afro-Caribbean culture through the transition from slavery to freedom. He has a second collaborative project working to understand the University of Virginia as a landscape of slavery. His book, Architecture and Empire in Jamaica (Yale University Press), an intensive examination of the architecture of the island, was awarded the 2017 John Brickerhoff Jackson Prize and the 2017 Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize. Framed around the themes of violence, empire, and identity, the book’s nine chapters carefully investigate the power of architecture in everyday life and Jamaica’s place in the burgeoning British empire of the eighteenth century.

David Sadighian is a scholar and curator of architecture, infrastructure, and material culture in the Modern Atlantic World. His doctoral dissertation at Harvard University examined architecture’s role in the rise of internationalism during the Age of Empire (c. 1870-1914), with a focus on exchanges between France, its African colonies, and the Americas. Selected as an Ahmanson-Getty Fellow for the Clark Library’s 2022-2023 Core Program, he is preparing a second research project on informal building practices by fugitive slaves in pre-abolition Brazil and the legacy of insurgent architecture in present-day struggles for land sovereignty. David has produced articles and exhibitions on a wide variety of subjects, from an architectural history of the nineteenth-century Rothschild banking empire to retrospectives of postwar architects Kevin Roche, Robert Venturi, and Denise Scott Brown. He is the recipient of research funding from the Social Science Research Council, the Graham Foundation, the American Historical Association, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Brendan J. M. Weaver is the Lecturer of African Diaspora Archaeology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), and the director of the Haciendas of Nasca Archaeological Project (PAHN) in Peru. He specializes in the archaeology of colonial and republican-era labor and enslavement in the Andes, particularly among the African diaspora. Prior to coming to UNCW in 2022, he held postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University (2018-22), Berea College (2016-18), and Queen’s University Belfast (2015-16). Weaver earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from Vanderbilt University in 2015. 


CONFERENCE 1: ECOLOGY

Michael D. Carrasco is an associate professor in art history and the associate dean for academic affairs and research in the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University. His scholarship draws on diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives to elucidate the origins of writing in the Americas and examine indigenous aesthetics, epistemologies, and ecologies in Mesoamerica and East Asia. Carrasco’s research in these areas has been supported by many internal and external grants, including ones from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), and the Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). The fruits of this work have appeared in journal publications, such as The Journal of Ethnobiology,  Ancient MesoamericaThe International Journal of Heritage Studies, and The Cambridge Archaeological Journal, among others, as well as the edited volumes, Under the Shade of Thipaak: The Ethnoecology of Cycads in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean (University Press of Florida, 2022), Interregional Interaction in Ancient Mesoamerica (University Press of Colorado, 2019), Parallel Worlds: Genre, Discourse, and Poetics in Contemporary, Colonial, and Classic Maya Literature (University Press of Colorado, 2012), and Pre-Columbian Foodways: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Food, Culture, and Markets in Ancient Mesoamerica (Springer, 2010). He was co-curator with Paul Niell and Lesley A. Wolff of the exhibition Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié (Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University).

Mónica Domínguez Torres is Professor of Art History with a joint appointment in Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Delaware. She received her Master’s in Museum Studies and Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on the arts of the early modern Iberian World, with particular attention to cross-cultural exchanges between Spain and the Americas during the period 1500-1700. Her publications primarily focus on military images and heraldic symbols in post-Conquest Mexico and images and objects connected to the Atlantic pearl trade. Research for her upcoming book Pearls for the Crown (under contract with Penn State University Press) has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Research Institute, the Bard Graduate Center, and the Renaissance Society of America, among others.

Justin Dunnavant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UCLA. His current research in the US Virgin Islands investigates the relationship between ecology and enslavement in the former Danish West Indies. In addition to his archaeological research, Justin is co-founder of the Society of Black Archaeologists and an AAUS Scientific SCUBA Diver. In 2021, he was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and was inducted into The Explorers Club as one of “Fifty People Changing the World that You Need to Know About.” This year, he was awarded the 2022 Stafford Ellison Wright Black Alumni Scholar-in-Residence at Occidental College. His research has been featured on Netflix’s “Explained,” Hulu’s “Your Attention Please” and in print in American Archaeology, Science Magazine, and National Geographic Magazine.

Corinne L. Hofman is Professor of Caribbean Archaeology at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, The Netherlands, and Principal Investigator of the CaribTRAILS project at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV/KNAW). Corinne has conducted fieldwork throughout the Caribbean over the past 30 years. Her research and publications are highly multi-disciplinary and major themes of interest center around mobility and exchange, colonialism, transcultural dynamics, settlement archaeology, artifact analyses, and provenance studies. Corinne’s projects are community-based and designed to contribute to the  historical awareness, valorization Indigenous heritage, and open knowledge exchange. Since 1989, Corinne has obtained numerous research grants and prizes, including the NWO Spinoza price in 2014 and the ERC-Synergy Grant for the NEXUS1492 project in 2012. Currently she is a co-PI of the NWO Island(er)s at the Hel project on social adaptation to climate challenges in the (Dutch) Caribbean.

Christine A. Hastorf received her PhD in Anthropology at UCLA. She is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the Director of the Archaeological Research Facility, the Director of the McCown Archaeobotany Laboratory, as well as the Curator of South American Archaeology at the P. A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. She is a Co-Director of the Taraco Archaeological Project on the shores of Lake Titicaca investigating early plant use. She primarily works in highland South America with a focus on food and agriculture via archaeobotanical remains. She has conducted extensive work, involving paleoethnobotany, ritual, agricultural production, political structures, gender, social relations, meaning and the everyday, and the social archaeology of food. She is the recipient of several awards from the Society for American Archaeology.

Irvince Nanichi Auguiste is former chief of the Kalinago of Dominica, the island in the Lesser Antilles with the only constituted legal space for Kalinago communities. He is currently the president of the Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization and has been working also in Saba to celebrate that island’s Indigenous Caribbean population. As part of the project known as Ilanders at the Helm, Mr. Auguiste combines scientific and traditional knowledge to convey Kalinago approaches to climate and sustainability.

Eduardo Góes Neves holds a BA in History from the University of São Paulo and a PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University. He has more than 30 years of research experience in the Amazon Basin and is currently Professor of Archaeology at the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology of the University of São Paulo, where he is also the director. He has published widely on topics related to the Amazon and has written the books “Sob os Tempos do Equinócio: 8.000 anos de história na Amazônia Central”, “Arqueologia da Amazônia”, co-edited “Unknown Amazon: Culture in Nature in Ancient Brazil” and has recently organized the chapter on Amazonian archaeology for the UN-sponsored Science Panel of the Amazon. He has been visiting professor in Universities in Latin America, the US and Europe.

Jonah Rowen is an architectural historian whose research focuses on intersections between architectural technics, economics, materials and commodities, and race, enslavement, and labor. He studies nineteenth-century Anglo-Caribbean colonial exchanges and buildings’ design and production as technologies of risk management and security. He is currently an Ahmanson-Getty Fellow at the UCLA Clarke Library, where he is researching the architectural history of mahogany extraction. He holds a doctorate from Columbia and a Master of Architecture from Yale and has held faculty positions at schools of architecture across the United States. His scholarship on the architecture of Atlantic slavery has been published in Architecture & CulturePlatform, and Grey Room, with forthcoming essays and chapters on related topics in JSAH,the Aggregate volume on ToxicsRace and the Historiography of Modern ArchitectureThe Routledge Companion to Race and ArchitectureArchitectures of Extraction in the Atlantic World, and Architectures of the Caribbean

Glenn H. Shepard, Jr. was born in Georgia and raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia. He attended Princeton University and received his doctorate in Medical Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. As an ethnobotanist, medical anthropologist, and filmmaker, he has carried out fieldwork for over thirty years among diverse indigenous peoples around the world, particularly in Amazonia. He has published over a hundred research articles on topics including shamanism and traditional medicine, community-based resource management, the rights of isolated peoples and indigenous appropriations of digital media. He has participated in the production of several films, including the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Spirits of the Rainforest. His research, photography and writing has gained visibility in magazines like National Geographic, The New Yorker, Financial Times and The New York Review of Books. He is a currently a staff researcher in the Human Sciences Division at the Goeldi Museum in Belém, Brazil, and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he helped curate a recent online exhibit about Kayapó filmmakers (https://archaeology.columbia.edu/kayapovideowarriors/). He blogs at Notes from the Ethnoground(http://ethnoground.blogspot.com/)

Pamela Villaseñor is enrolled in the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (FTBMI) where she has worked tirelessly to help with the Tribe’s nation-building efforts. Villaseñor is the first California Native woman to serve as the Executive Director of Pukúu Cultural Community Services (Pukúu), the social service non-profit founded by the FTBMI. In this role, Villaseñor supports policy and system change work that uplifts the narratives and resilience of Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples. Prior to joining Pukúu, Villaseñor was the Executive Advisor to the Office of the Tribal President for the FTBMI. As Executive Advisor, she managed tribal government initiatives including the development of the newly established Health and Social Wellness Department. As a passionate champion for Native families, Villaseñor served as the Authorized Representative of the FTBMI for juvenile dependency cases. Additionally, she was part of the team that helped reformed LA County training to include ICWA curriculum nearly a decade ago. Since that time, Villaseñor has been an ICWA Trainer of county case workers. Over the years, Villaseñor has held prestigious fellowships including with Americans for Indian Opportunity’s Ambassadors Program and Native Americans in Philanthropy’s Circle of Leadership Academy, as well as served as a North American Indigenous Caucus delegate for the planning of the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Using the knowledge gained from these experiences, she began helping build the capacity of her Tribe’s Special Projects division and non-profit Pukúu Cultural Community Services over a decade ago. Villaseñor created, led, and participated in numerous projects for the betterment of the people. Her particular interest is the empowerment and wellness of her tribal community, especially initiatives focused on systemic and transformational change. Thus, some of the projects Villaseñor has worked on include violence prevention, cultural arts, economic development, grants management, facilitation and training, and advocacy for the rights of the FTBMI.

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