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JAR Informal Seminar: Anthropology Room 248 Fieldwork among San Hunter-Gatherers &their Neighbors: Anthropology, Human Rights & Ethics

Robert Hitchcock and Steve Kunta at Xaoxoba, 2017
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:00pm
Anthropology 248
Free and Open to All
Robert K. Hithcock

Working alongside anthropologists, lawyers, and development workers, Kalahari San have taken governments in three southern African countries (Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia) to court. They have obtained the right to return to some of their lands and they have been able to require non-San people who have entered their areas without permission to leave. The San have also acquired rights to both biological and intellectual property, including high-value plants that have considerable medical and nutritional value.  Drawing on data from a dozen San groups in the southern African region, this presentation examines the advocacy work by San and their supporters to gain recognition and support of their rights.  It also assesses the efforts by San organizations to establish a Code of Research Ethics, which incorporates the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), the right to have a voice in determining who can work among them, and the right of indigenous communities to benefit from anthropological, archaeological, development, and genetics research.


Free & open to the public. Venues are wheelchair-accessible.  The Anthropology Bldg. is on Redondo Rd. between Las Lomas & M.L.King.  Unless you have a UNM parking  permit, please park in a metered space either at Las Lomas & Redondo or along the W face of the Anthro. Bldg. on Redondo. Ticketing continues until 8 p.m. For information on  JAR, published by the University of New Mexico since 1945,  go to  Subscriptions pay for the Lecture series.