2012 - 2013


September 24 

The Buddhist Revival in Siberia and Mongolia Since the End of the Cold War

Helen Hundley, Wichita State University
Co-sponsored with Russian and Eastern European Studies

October 11 

Language, Historical Consciousness, and Virtual Geographies: Chicano Rap Fan-Videos and Commentary on You Tube

Norma Mendoza-Denton,University of Arizona
Co-sponsored with Spanish & Portuguese Department

October 31, November 7, November 14, November 28, December 5

Film Screening and Discussion: Mr. Coperthwaite-A Life in the Maine Woods-a film by Anna Grimshaw

Anna Grimshaw, Emory University

December 4 

T-Shirt Travels

A film by Shantha Bloemen followed by discussion
Co-sponsored with Emory Sustainability

January 28 

Aging and Post-reproductive Life in a Traditional World: Behavior, Physiology and Theory

Hillard Kaplan, University of New Mexico
Co-sponsored with the Emory Center for Mind, Brain and Culture (CMBC) and the Hightower Fund

January 29 - Graduate Lunch Discussion with Hillard Kaplan

February 5 

Comparative Cognitive and Endocrine Development in Bonobos and Chimpanzees

Victoria Wobber, Harvard University

February 6 - Graduate Lunch Discussion with Victoria Wobber

February 18 

Learning to Hear God Speak, Sometimes Audibly

Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford University
Co-sponsored with the Emory CMBC and the Hightower Fund

Graduate Lunch Discussion with Tanya Luhrmann

February 19 

Hearing Voices in California, Chennai and Accra

Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford University
CMBC Sponsored Luncheon, Reservation ONLY

February 20

Explorations Social Hour with Steve Cole, UCLA

Putting the "Social" in Neuroscience and Epigenetics: Advances and Possibilities

February 21 

What’s love got to do with it?  Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Family Conflict

Jonathan Stieglitz, University of New Mexico

February 22 - Graduate Lunch Discussion with Jonathan Stieglitz

February 22

Altered States, Diverse Routes

Greg Grandin, New York University

Presented by the Department of Spanish — Cosponsors: Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program, Association of Spanish Graduate Students, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, Department of History and Memory Studies Working Group

March 4 

TELLING STORIES:  Techniques of Biography in Ethnographic Film

Anna Grimshaw, Emory University

March 7

Economies, Societies and Life Histories Evolve Together

Paul Hooper, Omidyar Fellow, Santa Fe Institute

March 18

农家乐 Peasant Family Happiness

Jenny Chio, Anthropology, Emory University

农家乐 Peasant Family Happiness (2012, China/Australia/USA, digital, 70 minutes) depicts the everyday experience of “doing tourism” (Ch: gao lüyou) in two rural, ethnic tourism destinations in contemporary China: Ping’an and Upper Jidao villages.   Focusing on the perspectives of village residents, this film portrays how modern, rural Chinese negotiate between the day-to-day consequences of tourist arrivals in their home villages and ideal projections of who they are and what their lives can achieve through tourism development.

April 15

Showing Faith in Fashion: Visibly Muslim Dress in Britain and Europe 

Emma Tarlo, Professor of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Expanding upon her recent research on visibly Muslin dress in Britain, Emma Tarlo will discuss the significance of the development of Islamic fashion in Muslim minority contexts. In particular she will highlight some of the methodological challenges involved in trying to map the relationship between local, regional and global developments in Islamic fashion.

Graduate Presentations

October 1

Dissertation Proposal Presentation: Aubrey Graham
Implicated Images: Photography, Aid and conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Cong

October 26

Dissertation Proposal Presentation: Suma  Ikeuchi
Brazilian Birth, Japanese Blood, and Transnational God:  Identity and Resilience among Pentecostal Brazilian Migrants in Japan

November 9

Dissertation Proposal Presentation: Hilary King
Kernels of Connection: Economy, Biodiversity, and Cultural Identity in Oaxaca’s Heirloom Maize Networks

Dissertation Proposal Presentation: Isabella Alexander
"Burning” at the Maghrebi Border: Race, Religion, Citizenship & Morocco’s New Immigrant Class

November 30, 2012

Dissertation Proposal Presentation: Sujit Shrestha
Urban Contestations: Neoliberalism, Maoism, and “Post”-revolutionary Politics in Kathmandu’s Squatter Settlements

Dissertation Proposal Presentation: Gabriella Sheets
Intimate Microbes, Global Bodies: The social Production of Infant Health in Latin America

Dissertation Proposal Presentation:  Deanne Dunbar
Exploring Mortgage Foreclosure as a Determinant of Well-Being in the United States

December 7, 2012

Dissertation Proposal Presentation: Aiman Mustafa
Newsmaking and the Politics of the Muslim Public Sphere: An Ethnographic Account of the Urdu Language Press in Mumbai, India

Dissertation Proposal Presentation: Amanda Mummert
Energetic Trade-offs Between Skeletal Integrity, Breast Milk Composition, and Health Outcomes Among Rhesus Macaque Maternal-Offspring Pairs

Dissertation Proposal Presentation:Emily Esche
From Membrane to Organ: Shifting a Paradigm to Investigate Human Placental Metabolic Function and Alteration

February 1

Dissertation Proposal Presentation: Dan Coppeto
Neuroendocrine and Neurobiological Bases of Inter-and Intraspecific Social Variability in Baboons

March 19

Public Dissertation Presentation: Jo Weaver
When Family Comes First: Diabetes, Social Roles and Coping Among Women in North India

April 1

Public Dissertation Presentation: Swargajyoti Gohain
Imagined Places: Politics and Narratives in a Disputed Indo-Tibetan Borderland

April 9

Public Dissertation Presentation: Jennifer Sweeney Tookes
Rice and Peas in the Diaspora: Food, Health and the Body Among Barbadian Migrants in Atlanta

April 12

Public Dissertation Presentation: Matthew Dudgeon
Birth After Death: Men and Reproduction in Two K'iche' Maya Communities

April 19

Dissertation Proposal Presentation: Whitney Easton
Pulling up the Grapevine: The Changing Face of Family Farming in Central Italy

Teaching Roundtables

October 29, 2012 — Teaching about Ethics in Anthropology

February 15 —Learning Outcomes: What are they?  How do we use them?

April 12 — Anthropological Engagements: Taking Anthropology Out of the Classroom

April 19 —Anthropological Engagements: Ways Anthropologists Engage and How to Teach about Them

Graduate Photography Contest

The winners of the 2012-13 Graduate Photography Contest are…Kang-Grand Prize

Grand Prize: Dredge Kang for "Webs of Material Significance," Bangkok, Thailand,  September 19, 2010

Cultural Anthropology:

  • First Prize-JoAnn LoSavio for "A Chinese-Malaysian Swine Butchering Operation at Night," Melaka, Malaysia, Summer 2011
  • Second Prize-Jo Weaver for "Fishermen," Karala, South India
  • Third Prize-Isabella Alexander for "Untitled," Tangiers, Summer 2010
  • Honorable Mention-Sydney Silverstein for "Storyteller," Tarapoto, Peru

Biological Anthropology:

  • First Prize-Amy Cobden for "Buying Fish," Lomako River, DRC, February 2010
  • Second Prize-Bonnie Kaiser for "Monkey Feeding," Kenya, Summer 2006
  • Third Prize-Jen Kuzara for "Dispensary," Ntcheu District, Malawi, 2012
  • Honorable Mention-Dan Coppeto for "TDI-Coronal"

The winning photographs are being featured on the home page of the website. The contest generated a fantastic response with many wonderful photographs submitted for consideration. Visit our flickr gallery to see the work of our talented graduate students.