Arthur Mason | Tuesday, 5 October 2004 - Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Date(s): 
5 October 2004 to 20 October 2004
Speaker: 
Arthur Mason

During October 2004, Dr. Arthur Mason traveled from his home in Berkeley, California, USA to present multiple lectures at universities in Copenhagen, Denmark and Nuuk, Greenland.

Dr. Mason presented a two-part lecture examining the genealogy of communal heritage work within the region of Kodiak, Alaska. He discussed the linkages between this work and the topics associated with Native land claim issues, self-governance, capitalism, and the state. He also compared and contrasted how these issues relate on a circum-Arctic scale.

Dr. Mason's public lectures investigated Arctic, as well as non-Arctic, ethnography to address a topic of wide significance, specifically, how catastrophic events affect the way groups of people establish order, stability, and a sense of continuity.

In addition, Dr. Mason participated in a roundtable discussion together with colleague teachers and Ph.D. students analyzing students' dissertations and seminar papers. The seminar gave participants the opportunity to take part in a general discussion on the relationship between heritage making and globalization.