Professor O'Donnell in Chiapas

Hartwick’s O’Donnell Leads Seminar on Artisan Production

September 26, 2012

Hartwick College Professor of Sociology Katherine O'Donnell is among three scholars who will lead a seminar titled Artisan Production and the World Market: Collaborating in Theory, Methods, Practice October 3-4 at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM.

Co-organized by Jeanne Simonelli (Wake Forrest University) and June Nash (City University of New York), the seminar is a collaboration with the Society for Applied Anthropology that "aims to provide anthropologists and scholars from related disciplines with the opportunity to address critical human problems and social issues through the application of anthropological insights and methods."

The seminar will lead to both a plenary session at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology and a book to be submitted to the School for Advanced Research Press for publication.

According to its organizers, "the seminar brings together an interdisciplinary, intercultural group of artisans and the scholars who work with them to discuss ongoing work in all areas intersecting with the production, marketing and consumption of crafts and boutique food products. We analyze learning as an interactive process functioning on three levels: providing practical marketing and business skills for small-scale producers; developing methodologies for understanding and enhancing networks of accompaniment; and evaluating the process, to enrich cultural and economic theory. Our seminar becomes the basis for wider discussion at SFAA, as well as the source of two publications."

O'Donnell's work in Chiapas, Mexico started in 1997 when she began field visits in preparation for the launch of a Hartwick College first year seminar "immersion" program funded through the Luce Foundation. Professor Simonelli, then at SUNY-Oneonta, was a faculty assistant on that initial FYS. In 1998, O'Donnell invited Professor Nash to Hartwick to lecture in an NEH- funded program on Mayan cultural studies. Professors O'Donnell, Simonelli, and Nash have continued their research in Chiapas and academic collaborations. Professor O'Donnell's book, "Weaving Transnational Solidarity-from the Catskills to Chiapas and Beyond" was published by Brill Press, The Netherlands, in 2010 and in paperback by Haymarket Press in 2012.  

School for Advanced Research logoThe School for Advanced Research, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1907 as a center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. Since 1967, the scope of the School's activities has embraced a global perspective through programs to encourage advanced scholarship in anthropology and related social science disciplines and the humanities, and to facilitate the work of Native American scholars and artists. SAR realizes its mission through an array of programs, including the Indian Arts Research Center; fellowships for scholars-in-residence; week-long gatherings of scholars in advanced seminars; the annual J. I. Staley Prize for excellence in anthropological writing; residential fellowships for Native American artists; and SAR Press, which publishes scholarly books arising from SAR's programs as well as general-interest books on the Southwest and Native American arts.

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