2018-2019 Events

Lectures, Film Screenings, Events

May 13

Commencement Reception

Immediately Following Comencement

ANT 206

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

April 15

Bradd Shore

And the Flesh was Made Word: Romeo and Juliet in the Kingdom of Cratylus

4PM, ANT 206

March 1

Yarimar Bonilla

The Coloniality of Disaster: Race, Empire, and Emergency in Puerto Rico

March 1st, Atwood 360, 2:30

March 4

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

Robyn Fivush


Gender, Language, and the Workplace

4PM, ANT 206

February 20

Brendan Barrett

Max Planck Institute

Cultural inheritance in context: developing quantitative tools to understand how ecology and life history affect social learning in field research

4PM, ANT 206

February 18

Bridget Algee-Hewitt


A Computational Framework for Estimating Ancestry from Craniometrics:  Implications for the Study of Population History and Forensic Identification

4PM, ANT 206

January 30

Michael DeGiorgio

Penn St

Uncovering footprints of adaptation from ancient and modern genomes

4PM, ANT 206

January 23

Christina Bergey

Penn St

The evolution of complex traits in rainforest hunter-gatherers

Small body size (the "pygmy" phenotype) likely evolved as an adaptation to the harsh ecological challenges of tropical rainforests. Using this natural human model, Dr. Bergey studies the genetic, functional, and evolutionary bases of growth and body size, as well as the ecologically-mediated adaptation of other complex, polygenic traits.

4PM, ANT 206

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

November 5

Anna Grimshaw

Emory University

Georges Place: the cellar

Film Screening

George Sprague lives and works in Buck's Harbor, Maine.  He is widely known for his "cellar" (affectionately called the whine cellar), where people gather to talk, make lobster traps, share stories and pass the long months until spring.  It is a spontaneous theater, with a lively cast of characters who delight in playing themselves.  Their skill and ingenuity in self-dramatization make for unexpected scenes and encounters that sometimes include the filmmaker herself.  

4PM, ANT 206

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

October 15

Jessica Thompson

Emory University

An early and prolonged Anthropocene: 100,000 years of human impacts on environments

Modern hunter-gatherers engage in behaviors such as controlled burning that are aimed at maintaining or increasing the productivity of their environments. The intentionality and extent of this niche constructive behavior may arguably represent a unique adaptation of modern Homo sapiens. Over long time spans, this may have significant ecological and even geomorphic impacts, which raises an important question: When should we actually define the start of the Anthropocene? Very early human impacts remain largely invisible in the archaeological and paleoenvironmental records, largely because of their difficulty to detect. In Africa, where modern humans evolved, it is even more challenging to associate paleoenvironmental change with human behavior than it is in places that were recently inhabited, such as Australia or the Americas. New results from the alluvial fan deposits of the Karonga District, northern Malawi offer a unique record of human impacts stretching back >85 thousand years. By combining archaeological, geomorphic, and geochronological data from Middle Stone Age archaeological sites with off-site records of vegetation and charcoal from Lake Malawi, we detect a fundamental shift in human niche constructive behaviors. The advent of anthropogenic burning ~85 thousand years ago altered the complexion of vegetative communities in favor of grasslands and woodlands, and facilitated alluvial fan formation in the northern basin. These impacts, starting in the Late Pleistocene, have had a long-term role in shaping the environments and landscapes of northern Malawi, and formed the foundation for late Holocene landscape change catalyzed by the advent of agriculture. 

4:00 PM, ANT 206

Armelagos Lecture in Biocultural Anthropology

October 2

Building Transdisciplinary Capacity for Tibetan Medical Research: Methods, Translation and Efficacy Evaluation

A symposium presenting the current state of Tibetan medical research
and methodological approaches to develop capacity for clinical,
pharmacological, biochemical and epistemological research in Tibetan

September 17

Ruben Oliven

A Brazilian Anthropologist Looking at Money in America

This lecture will analyze meanings of money in America. It is based on an ethnography carried out in the United States by a Brazilian anthropologist who studied financial institutions, health insurance, service clubs, compulsive spenders, restaurants, shops, scholarly and non-scholarly articles and books on personal finance, proverbs, expressions, etc. Money is looked at in relation to love, death, food, cleanliness, Catholicism and Protestantism. Attitudes toward money in the United States will be compared with those existing in Brazil and it will be argued that money in North American society can be seen as a total social fact.

Anthropology Co-Sponsored Lectures and Events

March 28

Marco Jacquemet


language and power in the digital age

4:15PM, MSC 208

April 5-6

Critical Juncture

Intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and disability

Conference 2019

PAIS building

Co-sponsored by Anthropology

November 28

Antonio Tomas

Urban Nostalgia: Colonial traces in the postcolonial city of Luanda

Nostalgia has become an apt concept to elicit the examination of traces of the
past upon the present. In this presentation, I am concerned with a particular kind
of nostalgia, or, what I call, here, urban nostalgia. Using the city of Luanda, the
capital of Angola, as a case study, I will be discussing the extent to which urban
nostalgia deserves a category of its own. It is not colonial nostalgia, although it
shares a great deal of its discursive field; nor is it anthropological nostalgia, or the
nostalgia for the primitive and the pristine. It is more a sort of nostalgia for the
future, or the future enshrined in urban forms of the past.

Callaway S501, 4PM

October 18

Nicole Creanza

Vanderbilt University

The Evolution of Learned Behaviors: Insight from Birds and Humans

4PM, PAIS 290

Class-related Lectures, Panels, and Film Screenings

October 3

Senses of Yrome

An Ethnographic Theater Performance

Senses of Yrome - An ethnographic Theater Performance. Presented by the students of ANT 385W/THEA 389W

11:30AM, Rich 205

Decmber 5

ANT 385W/THEA 389W presents:

Transitions, Frictions, + Realities ... an Emory ethnography in 5 acts


RICH Building 205

Graduate Teaching Roundtables

Graduate Presentations

May 6 
Megan Beney (Prospectus)
Social Learning in the Paleolithic: Developmental and Experimental Approaches
3:00pm, ANT 206
May 3
Ioulia Fenton (Dissertation)
Creole Chickens Tortrix Chips, and Organic Greens: Assembling diverse food economies in Xela's hazardous environment
12:30p, ANT 206
Daniel Thompson (Dissertation)
Capital in the Borderlands: Economies of power in an Ethiopian frontier city
2:30p, ANT 206 
May 1
Christina Rogers (Dissertation)
Evolution of Oxytocin and Vasopressin Systems in Humans and Great Apes
3:30p, ANT 206 
April 26
Miriam Kilimo (Prospectus)
Gender Quotas, Law, and Nationhood in Kenya
1:15p, ANT 206
Tsering Bum (Prospectus)
Crafting Wildlife Conservation: Multispecies Entanglements in Tibetan Pastoralist Communities of Qinghai Province, China
April 24
Tatenda Mangurenje (Prospectus)
Black and Blue: Race, Violence and Community Policing the Post-Ferguson Era in Atlanta, Georgia
12:30p, ANT 206
Sean Dolan (Dissertation)
Halal Things: Ontology and Ethics in the Malaysian Halal Ecosystem
2:30p, ANT 206 
April 19
Nikola Johnson (Prospectus)
Emergent Citizenships: Mapuche and Chilean belonging in the Indigenous Spaces of Santiago, Chile
1:15p, ANT 206
Scott Schnur (Prospectus)
Knowledge Production, Politics, & Climate Change in Greenland
2:30p, ANT 206
April 12 
Minwoo Lee (Prospectus)
The Genetic and Neural Basis of Cultural Norm Acquisition
2:30p, ANT 206  
April 5
Adeem Suhail (Dissertation)
This is not a Gang! State Formation and Urban Violence in Lyari Town, Pakistan
3:00pm, ANT 206
March 22
Jennifer Barr (Dissertation)
Private Acts, Public Stories. Sanitation NGOs in India during the 'Clean India' Mission
3:30pm, ANT 206
March 8
Andrea Rissing (Dissertation)
Agrarian Transformation in the age of corporate agriculture: Beginning alternative Farmers in Iowa
3:00pm, ANT 206
October 26
Eisabeth Grace Veatch (Prospectus)
The Taphonomy of Small Mammals at Liang Bua
2:00PM, ANT 206
December 10
Anna Grace Tribble (Prospectus)
How International Geopolitics Affected the Food on Iraqis’ Plates and the Long-term Health of Their Children: Sanctions, Maternal Food Insecurity and Population Health
3pm, ANT 206

Graduate Events