Anthropology

The Science of Dreams

Understanding dreams and the dreaming brain has proven to be one of the most complex and enduring problems in the history of science. In early 20th century a new paradigm for understanding dreams emerged, based on complex structural theories of the psyche, particularly of the unconscious mind. Such philosophical and anthropological theories are based on abstract models of higher-level cognitive and emotional functions of the brain, where symbols, metaphors and latent meanings of dreams play important roles.

Iberia, the Mediterranean, and the World in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

This conference will center on different historical themes (culture, religiosity, languages, politics, encounters) as well as address the “connectivity” between Iberia, North Africa and other Mediterranean lands and the nature of the global Mediterranean. Organized by Thomas Barton (USD), Marie Kelleher (CSULB), Antonio Zaldivar (CSUSM), Teofilo Ruiz (UCLA), and Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA).

Preliminary Reflections On Sectarianism and Intermarriage in Lebanon

Intersectarian and interreligious marriages frequently provoke strong social opposition from Lebanese of all sects and faiths. In this talk, Lara Deeb will describe her new research project that takes this social opposition as a lens to shed light on social sectarianism in Lebanon and its diaspora. The talk will describe the stakes of this project and its driving questions, and share some preliminary observations based on field research thus far.

Preliminary Reflections On Sectarianism and Intermarriage in Lebanon

Intersectarian and interreligious marriages frequently provoke strong social opposition from Lebanese of all sects and faiths. In this talk, Lara Deeb will describe her new research project that takes this social opposition as a lens to shed light on social sectarianism in Lebanon and its diaspora. The talk will describe the stakes of this project and its driving questions, and share some preliminary observations based on field research thus far.

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