Another successful MerBear!

Another successful MerBear!

A note from the organizers of the UCLA-UCSD Graduate Student Conference on Culture and Mind, affectionately known as “MerBear”:

The UCLA-UCSD Graduate Student Conference on Culture and Mind held its second annual meeting on Friday, March 2, 2012. This joint series was designed as a forum for graduate students at all stages to open new discussions and continue conversations on emerging perspectives in psychological anthropology. In future years, we hope this will become an ongoing series of exchanges providing a space to share intellectual resources from two of the leading centers for psychological anthropology.

Hosted in the UCLA Department of Anthropology, it was an exciting day filled with stimulating presentations by nine graduate students, as well as a keynote address from Professor Tanya Luhrmann of Stanford University, one of the prominent voices in psychological anthropology today. At the conclusion of the day, we adjourned to the Glendon Bar & Kitchen to celebrate our time together and continue conversations generated by the talks. Hopefully everyone left reinvigorated to continue blazing the trail in their respective research areas!

More information on the conference can be found on our blog:

This conference was made possible through generous support from the UCLA Division of Social Sciences, the UCLA Department of Anthropology, and the UCSD Graduate Student Association.


Looking forward to next year’s Graduate Conference on Culture and Mind at UCSD!

Devin Flaherty (UCLA), Kathryn Hale (UCLA), Nofit Itzhak (UCSD), Genevieve Okada (UCSD), and Aidan Seale-Feldman (UCLA)

Graduate Student Organizers

Photos by Christopher Stephan (UCLA):

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