September 28 - 29, 2012

@ The University of Colorado at Boulder




Donna M. Goldstein (Ph.D., U. of California-Berkeley, 1994; Associate Professor)

Donna Goldstein has written extensively on the intersection of race, gender, poverty and violence in Brazil. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Laughter Out of Place: Race, Class, Violence, and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown (University of California Press 2003), focusing on the lives of impoverished domestic workers who deploy humor and laughter as strategic forms of resistance in their day-to-day struggle for survival. Currently, she is writing about pharmaceutical politics, bioethics, regulation, and neoliberalism in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and the United States.


Magda Stawkowski, Ph.D Candidate

(BA Anthropology/History, 2003 University of Delaware; MA Anthropology, 2007 University of Colorado). Stawkowski examines the social consequences of six decades of nuclearism that left a legacy of radioactive contamination in Kazakhstan. She argues that the radioactive realities of communities living in close proximity to the nuclear test site known as the Polygon and the current nuclear activities in uranium mining have created dynamic tensions that structure human lives in light of these toxic realities.  Her advisor is Donna Goldstein.


Danielle Merriman, Ph.D Student

(BA Sociology/Anthropology and Studio Art, 2009 Cornell College; MA Anthropology, 2011 University of Colorado). Dani’s research is based in San Vicente de Nicoya, Costa Rica, where the local population is known for their creation of handmade ceramics from locally obtained natural materials. Her research focuses on the community’s development of an ecomuseum to display their local heritage in the midst of an unstable tourist market that threatens the viability of their livelihood as potters. Broadly, Dani’s research attends to the topics of cultural tourism, ethnic and national identities, globalization, and political economy. Her advisor is Kaifa Roland.