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2011 Conference on Amazonian and Andean Studies
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11/5/2010 to 11/6/2010
When: 11/5/2010
Where: University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 
United States
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The University of Florida (UF) will host the Conference on Amazonian and Andean Studies on November 5 & 6, 2010. The purpose of the conference is to bring together scholars throughout the U.S. and abroad who work on Amazonian and Andean studies. The 2010 conference will be held on the UF campus at the J. Wayne Reitz Union with overnight accommodations at the Holiday Inn University (located at the northeast corner of the University of Florida campus).

The conference will feature two keynote speakers: distinguished professor of anthropology at UF Dr. Michael Moseley, and professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland Dr. Janet Chernela. Dr. Moseley is a renowned expert in Andean prehistory, and Dr. Chernela is a leading scholar of cultural anthropology specializing in the Brazilian Amazon. Dr. Moseley’s talk is entitled "America’s Earliest Civilization: Its Rise and Demise in the Supe River Valley of Peru,” and Dr. Chernela’s talk is entitled "Gibes, Jeers, and Flouts: Talking Back (and forth) in the Northwest Amazon.”

The conference events have been planned in tandem with the Harn Museum of Art, which will be featuring a Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhardt Faculty Focus Exhibition curated by conference organizer Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, entitled "The Versatile Vessel: Ceramics of Ancient Peru.” Two acclaimed Peruvian artists will also attend and display their work at the conference: Nicario Jiménez, who creates multi-figural tableaux in portable boxes known as retablos, and Flora Zarate, who creates cloth relief sculptures known as arpilleras.

Two films will be screened. Soy Andina, from director/producer Mitch Teplitsky, documents the journeys of two women who return to Peru to rediscover their cultural roots. Mi chacra by Jason Burlage presents the life story of a subsistence farmer from a village near Cusco, Peru and illustrates the intersection of his life with the tourism industry.

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