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Adventures in Ornithology: Transformations of a Field Science in Sri Lanka
Start Date: 11/29/2012Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 11/29/2012End Time: 7:00 PM
Event Description:
This talk relates the shift in the techniques of ornithology in Sri Lanka from a field science based on collecting specimens to modern birdwatching, by relating it to social and cultural changes among those participating in these activities. The talk illustrates the transformation of ornithology in its Sri Lankan context and relates it to the rise of a native Sri Lankan elite during the middle of the 20th century, which did not share the values and interests of the British expatriates who had established ornithology in Sri Lanka. While this transformation can be attributed to the development of new technologies such as field guides and binoculars, and the emergence of a preservationist ethos during the first half of the twentieth century, it also owes a great deal to the transformations in the social foundations of birding, as it shifted from one social group (and its values) to another, and the institutional constraints that were put on collecting specimens as political power shifted and new values were given expression in law.
Presenter: Prof. Arjun Guneratne, Department of Anthropology, Macalester College, St. Paul MN
Location Information:
Main Campus - CU Museum (Henderson Building)  (View Map)
1030 Broadway
Boulder, CO
Room: Paleontology Hall
Contact Information:
Name: University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Phone: 303-492-6892
Sri Lanka Bird
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