This volume is, above all, a collective e√ort. We are deeply indebted
to the Rockefeller Foundation, which funded a weeklong workshop in
Bellagio, Italy, where the contributors presented early versions of their
chapters. Invaluable additional funding was provided by the Wenner-
Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. The beauty of the Bel-
lagio setting was surely reflected in the congeniality of our conference
and the enduring bonds we established there. We thank the sta√ of the
Rockefeller and Wenner-Gren foundations who facilitated the complex
logistics, in particular Laurie Obbink of Wenner-Gren, and Rockefeller’s
on-site sta√ in Italy, who made our stay productive and memorable.
We much regret that it was not possible to include contributions by our
colleagues Azumi Tsuge and Oko Obono in this collection.
During the conference, the participants relied on support from doc-
toral students Lauren Gulbas and Stephanie Larchanche. In addition
to taking exceptional notes on each day’s discussions (which we were
amazed to ﬁnd in our in-boxes before breakfast), they produced a ﬁnal
wrap-up PowerPoint presentation and stupendous photographic slide
show of our deliberations. We will always be grateful to Lauren and
Stephanie for their grace, diligence, unflagging sense of humor, and
extraordinary organizational abilities.
Marissa Strickland and Hanna Garth at ucla made the process of
preparing the manuscript for publication seem smooth and seamless.
We appreciate their patient and meticulous attention to the details of
copyediting, formatting, and tracking down, correcting and reconcil-
ing citations. We also thank Sondra Hale and Lynn Morgan for help-
ing us get launched, the anonymous reviewers whose close readings of
our manuscript led us to rethink the organization of the book and to