[Blueboard] DSA Graduate Research Colloquium, 22 August 2007: "Landscapes and Self-Organizing Systems: The Archaeology of the Ifugao Rice Terraces"

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Tue Aug 21 14:00:05 PHT 2007

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites everyone to attend
a special session of the Graduate Research Colloquium on Wednesday, August
22, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the SS Conference Room 1 and 2, 1st Floor, Social
Sciences Building.

Mr. Stephen B. Acabado, Ph.D. student from the University of Hawaii,
will be presenting his research entitled "Landscapes and Self-Organizing
Systems: The Archaeology of the Ifugao Rice Terraces".

Mr. Acabado will talk on the relationship between irrigation management
and social organization of the Ifugao in the Northern Philippines
highlands. Agricultural intensification studies in traditional societies
shed light on the relationship between increasing social complexity and
production intensification.  While archaeologists have long associated
large-scale agricultural systems with centralized forms of political
organization, recent anthropological studies have identified the
limitations of this assumption.  This historical ecological study
examines the sustainability of Ifugao irrigated-terrace farming, and
documents dynamic and recursive linkages between the Ifugao and their
environment. Its focus on the apparent disjunction between water
management and sociopolitical stratification identifies factors that
underlie the sustainability of Ifugao agriculture, and structural
correlates that generate an intensive agricultural landscape.

The weekly Colloquium is designed to provide graduate students who are in
the thesis analysis and writing stage a venue to develop and validate
their ideas with fellow students and the Department's faculty.

For more details, visit the DSA website at http://www.dsa-ateneo.net/ or
contact DSA at 4266001 locals 5270 and 5271.

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