Academic Year 2015-16
Dr. Jorge Ramón González-Ponciano holds degrees in Anthropology from Stanford University (MA) and the University of Texas at Austin (PhD). He is a tenured professor at the Institute of Anthropological Research of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
Professor González-Ponciano's current research focuses on the history of tourism and the construction of the exotic in the Mayan region. He is also working on a book about socio-racial formation in Guatemala. He was Tinker Visiting Professor in spring 2015.
Doctor Andrés Laguens is the Academic Director of the Institute of Anthropology Córdoba, Argentina and Senior Researcher at the National Council for Science and Technology of Argentina. He is professor of archaeology at the Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. He was a Tinker Visiting Professor at CLAS during 2013.
His research focuses in social inequality in past societies and the relationships between people, things, and nature.
Professor Laguens has been conducting a research project at the Andes of Argentina since 1996, analyzing the emergence of social differences and their reproduction and persistence as multidimensional phenomena. At the present time, he is interested in past ontologies and material culture in Andean societies.
Since 2002, Laguens has collaborated with Argentine Justice in the archaeology of clandestine detention centers of the last military dictatorship in Argentina. He is also interested in the public communication of archaeology, and has been curator of the current exhibition of the Museo de Antropología of Córdoba and other temporary ones.