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Dr. Seth Murray

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Biography

I am Teaching Assistant Professor of International Studies and Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University. I am the Coordinator of Advising for the Program in International Studies, and the CHASS Director of the Alexander Hamilton Scholars, a dual degree program bridging the Poole College of Management and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NCSU.

I have conducted research in various sites of western Europe since 1999. As a member of larger interdisciplinary research team in Burgundy, France, I investigate the intergenerational changes in environmental and agricultural risk-perception and risk-mitigation strategies among Charollais beef cattle farmers, particularly as they relate to historical and contemporary water management practices. I have also examined the relationship between microclimatology and the socio-ecological vulnerability of farmers.

In the Basque region of southwestern France and northern Spain, I have conducted ethnographic, oral history, and extensive archival research examining the management and use of common-pool resources by sheep farmers over the past two centuries, most recently as relates to the expansion of non-agricultural activities into rural mountain areas. I have also investigated the impact of European Union agricultural and environmental policies on the local Basque economy, and the social mobilization prompted by the intervention of these external forces.

I was born in south Louisiana and am a native of Tours, in the Central Loire Valley of France. I also lived for six years on the French island of Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean. I was a Visiting Researcher at the Center for the Study of Basque Literature and Language (IKER) in Bayonne, France from 2002-2005.

Interests

Basque region, Burgundy region, France, Spain, European Union

Historical Ecology, Political Ecology, Environmental Anthropology

Agricultural market transformation, Globalization of food systems, Transborder studies

Publications

2013, with Meredith Welch-Devine “Marketing the mountain: the emergence and consequences of ‘eco-chic’ practices in the Basque region” In Green Consumption: The Global Rise of Eco-Chic. Bart Barendregt and Rivke Jaffe, eds. Pp. 73-85. London: Bloomsbury Academic Publishing.

2011, with Scott Madry, Elizabeth Ann Jones, and Amanda Tickner. Une micro-histoire de la terre et de l'utilisation des ressources : l'intégration des SIG (Systèmes d'Information Géographique historiques) et des données qui y sont liées en Bourgogne du Sud, France. Le Monde des Cartes 208:75-94.

2011, with Meredith Welch-Devine. “We’re European farmers now”: Transitions and transformations in Basque agricultural and pastoral practice. Special issue “European Union agriculture”, guest editor Tracey Heatherington. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 20(1):69-88.

2010, The presence of the past: a historical ecology of Basque Commons and the French state. In Social and Ecological History of the Pyrénées: State, Market and Landscape. Oriol Beltrán and Ismael Vaccaro, eds. Pp. 25-41. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

2010, Transitions and transformations of agriculture in Europe. In Anthropology News 51(4):39-40.

2010, with Michael D. Scholl and Carole L. Crumley. Comparing trajectories of climate, class and production: an historical ecology of American yeomen. In Environmental Social Sciences: Methods and Research Design. Ismael Vaccaro, Eric Alden Smith and Shankar Aswani, eds. Pp. 322-348. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2009, First Fieldwork Redux. In Anthropology News 50(2):50-51.

2009, Enduring conflicts and cooperation: the contested spaces of the Basque countryside. Special issue on Basque environmental history, guest editor John Bieter. Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 52(4): 269-279.

2009, Contested Commons: the historical ecology of continuity and change in Basque agro-pastoralism in the Baigorri valley (France). In Anthropology News 50(1):45.

2007, La propiedad comunal Basca y el estado Francés. In La Ecología Política de los Pirineos: estado, historia y paisaje. Ismael Vaccaro and Oriol Beltrán, eds. Pp. 31-43. Tremp, Spain: Garsineu Edicíons.

2003, L’évolution des frontières de l’état français et de l’identité culturelle basque: perspectives anthropologiques. Lapurdum: Revue d'Études Basques 8:375-388.

Presentations

2013, “Nafarroaren Eguna: cultural heritage and the imagining of a stateless Basque nation.” Poster presented to the American Anthropological Association in Chicago, IL. November 23.

2013, (with Scott Madry, Elizabeth Ann Jones, Amanda Tickner) “Water Use in Rural Southern Burgundy: a temporal and spatial analysis” Paper presented to the Social Science History Association in Chicago, IL. November 22.

2013, (with Ismael Vacarro and Oriol Beltran) “Public and private pathways to prosperity in the Pyrénées Mountains.” Paper presented to the American Anthropological Association in Chicago, IL. November 21.

2013, (with Krista Harper and Ismael Vaccaro) “Introducing the anthropology of disconnection.” Paper presented to the American Anthropological Association in Chicago, IL. Session organizer “Anthropology of disconnection: the political ecology of post-industrial futures.” November 21.

2013, (with Scott Madry, Elizabeth Ann Jones, Amanda Tickner) “Methodological challenges and opportunities for an interdisciplinary history of water in Burgundy, France.” Paper presented to the International Water History Association in Montpellier, France. June 27.

2013 “Pathways to economic intensification and collapse in 20th century Basque farming.” Poster to presented to the American Society for Environmental History in Toronto, Canada. April 5.

2012 “Economic integration and disintegration of the Basque countryside in the 20th century.” Poster  presented to the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco, CA. November 15.

2012 (with Scott Madry, Elizabeth Ann Jones, Amanda Tickner) “An Integrative Historical GIS study of agrarian land use in Southern Burgundy, France.” Paper presented to the Social Science History Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. November 2.

2012 “From French periphery to periphery: Basque sheep farmers and Roquefort cheese producers in the early 20th century.” Paper  presented to the Nineteenth Century French Studies Colloquium in Raleigh, NC. October 12.

2012 (with Scott Madry, Elizabeth Ann Jones, Amanda Tickner) “Mills and Ponds: 250 years of continuity and change in the Burgundian landscape.” Paper to be presented to the Nineteenth Century French Studies Colloquium in Raleigh, NC. Session chair” “Agricultural/Landscape History & Rural Life in the Uxeau Commune & Environs (Saone-etLoire), 1759 to the Present, with a Special Focus on 1834‐1925.” October 13.

2011 (with Meredith Welch-Devine) “Stories of landscape and heritage: the dynamics of rural change in the Basque region.” Paper presented to the American Anthropological Association in Montreal, Canada. Session chair and co-organizer (with Ismael Vaccaro): “Legacies of productivism in the new post-productive landscapes of Western Europe.” Session reviewed by the Society for the Anthropology of Europe. November 29.

2011 (with Meredith Welch-Devine) “Marketing the mountain: applications and consequences of ‘eco-chic’ in the Basque region.” Paper presented to the European Science Foundation in Linköping, Sweden. October 13.

2010 “Cultural and environmental heritage in France: contested stories of landscape and identity in the Basque countryside.” Paper presented to the American Society for Environmental History in Portland, OR. March 11.

2009 (with Meredith Welch-Devine) We’re European farmers now: Transitions and transformations in Basque agricultural and pastoral practice.” Paper presented to the American Anthropological Association in Philadelphia, PA. Session chair and co-organizer: “Politicking the Farm: Transitions and transformations in European Union agriculture.” Invited session reviewed by Culture & Agriculture. December 4.

2009 (with Carole L. Crumley), “Environmental risks and cultural knowledge in the agriculture of Burgundy, France.” Paper presented to the World Congress of Environmental History in Copenhagen, Denmark. August 6.

2008, “Contrasting visions of nature and territory in the Basque region.” Invited poster reviewed by the National Association of Student Anthropologists and presented at the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco, CA. November 21.

2008, “Learning language, learning culture: Incorporating target languages into cultural anthropology courses.” Paper presented at the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum conference “Frankly Speaking: Challenges in Integrating Languages and Cultures into a Post-Secondary Curriculum” at the Global Education Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. October 15.

2008, “The past in the present: a historical ecology of the Basque Commons.” Paper presented at the International conference “Common ground, converging gazes: integrating the social and environmental in history” at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. September 12.

2008, “Enduring conflicts and cooperation: the historical ecology of change in Basque agriculture.” Paper presented to the American Society for Environmental History in Boise, Idaho. March 14.

2007, “Contested Commons: a political ecology of Basque common property landscapes.” Paper reviewed by Anthropology and the Environment section and presented at the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C. November 28.

2007, “La propiedad comunal vasca y el estado francés.” Paper presented at the International conference “Las transformaciones contemporáneas de las montañas del Sur de Europa” at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. November 8.

2006, “Practice and Identity at the Margins: the dynamics of agricultural change in Basque landscapes.” Paper reviewed by the Society for the Anthropology of Europe and presented at the American Anthropological Association in San José, CA.  Session organizer and chair: “Changing European Landscapes.” November 16.

2006, “Common landscapes: the French state and the evolution of Basque common property.” Paper presented to the American Society for Environmental History in St. Paul, MN. Session organizer: “Political Ecology of Pyrenean Landscapes.” March 31.

2005, “Historical Ecology of Basque Common Property.” Poster presented to the International Association for Landscape Ecology in Faro, Portugal. March 30.

2005, “(Un)sustainable commons?: a historical ecology of Basque common property regimes.” Paper presented to the European Society for Environmental History in Florence, Italy. February 18.

2004, “American perspectives on interdisciplinary research in France.”  Paper presented to the University of Chicago Center in Paris, France. November 26.

2004, “At the heart of the periphery: the co-evolution of France’s borders and Basque cultural identity.” Paper presented to the Society for French Historical Studies, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France. Session organizer. June 19.

2004, “La co-évolution d'une frontière de la France et de l'identité culturelle basque dans une commune pastorale.” Paper presented to the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine at Université Michel de Montaigne - Bordeaux III, France. February 27.

2002, “Commons, conflicts, and borders: Basque communal property and the French state.”  Paper presented to the Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France at the University of Glamorgan, Wales. August 30.

2001, “Without the mountain, I cannot exist: Political and Historical Ecology of Basque Pastoral Commons.” Paper reviewed by the Anthropology and the Environment section and presented to the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C. November 28.

2001, “Common property regimes and the historical ecology of 20th-century Basque pastoral land use.” Poster presented to the American Society for Environmental History in Durham, NC. March 29.

2000, “Historical Ecology of Basque Pastoral Land Use.” Poster reviewed by the Anthropology and the Environment section and presented to the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco, CA. November 17.

Responsibilities

2014-present, Executive Board, Culture & Agriculture, American Anthropological Association

2013-present, Academic Advising Awards selection committee, North Carolina State University

2012-present, Undergraduate Advising Committee, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NCSU

2012-present, Masters in Liberal Studies Advisory Board member, NCSU

2010-present, Co-Director, Alexander Hamilton Scholars Program, NCSU

2009-present, Coordinator of Advising, Program in International Studies, NCSU

2009-present, International Studies Advisory Board, NCSU

2009-present, List moderator, European Network of Environmental Anthropologists

2008-2010, Executive Board, Society for the Anthropology of Europe, American Anthropological Association

Education

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
  • MA in Basque Studies from Université Michel de Montaigne III (Bordeaux, France), 2004
  • MA in Archaeology from State University of New York at Buffalo, 1999