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Thoughts and Hallucinations

Abstract for CASA talk on urban growth and land use change

How the West Was Won ...
... or Maybe Lost

A consortium of ecologists at the University of New Mexico asked presenter to integrate human/social research and urban ecology into their research program. This presentation is based on research  Read More 
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Seminar on Institutional Discourse for Linköping University

Abstract for Linguistics Seminar

Institutional Discourse Then and Now: Bottles Change But The Wine Stays The Same

Linköping University
April 27, 2010
Michael Agar

In the 1980s “institutional discourse” represented an intersection of two intellectual trends in the U.S. First of all, “linguistics” was breaking out from under the Chomsky hegemony, and several different  Read More 
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Public Lecture on Contemporary Anthropology for Linköping University

Abstract for Public Anthropology Lecture
Linköping University
April 26, 2010

It’s Not Your Grandparent’s Anthropology.

Since Boas and Malinowski in the early 20th century, the image of the anthropologist has been the same: A European or American, alone, living with people of color in a small impoverished isolated community, in Africa  Read More 
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Narrative workshop abstract for Skaraborg

A regional center in Sweden dedicated to the integration of research and practice invited me to give a workshop in April. This is the abstract.

Narrative Workshop
Skaraborg Institute
Michael Agar, workshop coordinator

“Narrative” is now a concept of interest in numerous fields. Even analysis of quantitative data, for example, can  Read More 
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Bad air, no room, bad coffee

It's been a long few weeks with a fair amount of travel. I'm just home from the fourth trip in the last month or so. I can't believe that there are still large numbers of people who don't know you have to take your shoes off when you go through airport security. So why  Read More 
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AAAS meeting

In February we gave the first paper from the UNM ecology project at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings in San Diego. My favorite part of the day was the poster session for high school kids in the main exhibition hall. There may be hope for the future.

Here's the press  Read More 
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Anthroplus Conference at University of Maryland

The grad students at the University of Maryland are sponsoring a DC area conference in March, http://sites.google.com/site/anthroplusconference/. I'm honored that they invited me to give the keynote lecture. We emailed some and landed in themes of integrating theory and practice and thinking of anthropology as an open rather than  Read More 
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Talk for Ohio State Qualitative and Complexity Group

What If We Called It “Qualia”-tative And Already Knew That Methods Were Mixed?

Michael Agar
Ethknoworks LLC, Eldorado NM
Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Anthropology, University of Maryland

Two key arguments drive this presentation. The first holds that the "qualitative boom" actually reinterprets the centuries-old argument that human social research  Read More 
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The anti-war on drugs conference

I'm realizing all of a sudden that a blog is like fieldnotes, and fieldnotes always remind me of the Tristram Shandy paradox, which means that it takes longer to write about experience than it does to live it, which means the more you write about what you do the less time you have to  Read More 
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Abstract for plenary on knowledge transfer

A talk for the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research from 2009

A Little Knowledge Transfer Can Be a Dangerous Thing
Dr. Michael Agar

"Knowledge transfer" means many things to many people; some say it is not clear what it means at all. But in another sense, like the famous Moliere character who claimed that he'd been speaking prose all his life, it isn't such an  Read More 
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