Fall 2014

Lectures, Film Screenings, Events

Wednesday, September 3

Colonialism, Capital,and the Rise of Structural-Functional School of Anthropology
Robert Paul, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emory University
4:00 — Bowden 323

Thursday, September 4

Blast from the Past - Fall 2014 Kickoff Lunch
Noon — ANT 206

Tuesday, September 23

Homophobia, Globalization and Exclusion: Africa and Europe
Peter Geschiere, Amsterdam
4:00 — Bowden 323

Wednesday, September 24

Birth in the Age of AIDS:  Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India
Cecilia Van Hollen, Syracuse University
Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Center for AIDS Research, and the Oxford College Lyceum Lecture Series
4:15 — ANT 206

Dr. Van Hollen will speak about the experiences of HIV-positive women in India during pregnancy, birth, and motherhood at the beginning of the 21st century. The government of India, together with global health organizations, has established an important public health initiative to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. While this program, which targets poor women attending public maternity hospitals, has improved health outcomes for infants, it has resulted in sometimes devastatingly negative consequences for poor, young mothers because these women are being tested for HIV in far greater numbers than their male spouses and are often blamed for bringing this highly stigmatized disease into the family.

Thursday, October 2

Alash Ensemble - Tuvan Throat Singers
Emory University, Performing Arts Studio — 1804 North Decatur Road
8:00 PM

The internationally acclaimed ensemble Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture while taking the tradition in a new direction with a subtle blend of elements from western harmonies and non-traditional instruments.

Monday, October 6

A Conversation with Paul Wolpe on Ethics & Anthropology
4:00 — ANT 206

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Professor of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Biological Behavior, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.  Dr. Wolpe also serves as the Senior Bioethicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he is responsible for formulating policy on bioethical issues and safeguarding research subjects. 

A futurist interested in social dynamics, Dr. Wolpe’s work focuses on the social, religious, ethical, and ideological impact of technology on the human condition.  Considered one of the founders of the field of neuroethics, which examines the ethical implications of neuroscience, he also writes about other emerging technologies, such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and prosthetics.  His teaching and publications range across multiple fields of bioethics and sociology, including death and dying, genetics and eugenics, sexuality and gender, mental health and illness, alternative medicine, and bioethics in extreme environments such as space. He is the author of the textbook Sexuality and Gender in Society, and edited and is a key author of the end-of-life guide Behoref Hayamim: In the Winter of Life.

Monday, November 3

Does Absence Matter? A Comparison of Three Types of Father Absence in Rural Bangladesh
Mary Shenk, University of Missouri, Columbia
4:00 — ANT 206, reception to follow

Most studies on the implications of father absence have been done in Western and/or industrial societies where divorce is the most common form of father absence, the nuclear family is normative, and sexual behavior and marriage are choices made by the individual.  Despite early calls for such work by Draper & Harpending, there have been very few studies of other types of father absence or the implications of father absence in societies with different systems of family, kinship, and marriage.  This paper takes advantage of a natural quasi-experiment to compare the effects of three types of father absence (death, divorce, and labor migration) on the timing of life history events among women in rural Bangladesh.  Survival analysis and Cox regression are used to examine patterns of age at marriage and age at first birth and the variables that best predict them. I conclude by discussing the meaning of our results in the local socioecological context and their implications for our understanding of father absence cross-culturally.

Class-related Lectures, Panels, and Film Screenings

Guest speaker series — ANT 385 Ethnicity and Nationalism in East Asia

Taught by Professor Jenny Chio
Sponsored by the Fund for Innovative Teaching, Emory Center for Faculty Development and Excellence

Open to all — Anthropology majors, graduate students, and faculty are welcome to attend!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ethnicity in China: The Afterlives of Empire
Professor Christopher Vasantkumar, Anthropology, Hamilton College
ANT 105 2:30-3:45

Monday, September 22, 2014

Public Politics in Post 3.11 Japan
Professor Nathaniel Smith, East Asian Studies, University of Arizona (co-sponsored by REALC)
ANT206 2:30-3:45

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nationalism Tensions in Northeast Asia: Causes and Implications
Professor Sun-Chul Kim, Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Emory University
ANT105 2:30-3:45

Graduate Teaching Roundtables

Friday, October 3

Stories from Trenches:  My Adventures in Teaching and TA’ing Anthropology 101
Also guest speaker Dr. Kate Doubler, assistant director of academic advising with the Office for Undergraduate Education
3:00 — ANT 206

Friday, November 7

Teaching with Technology: Using Blackboard and Course Web Domains in the Anthropology Classroom
Wondering how to make the best use of Blackboard in your course or section? Looking for innovative assignments that actively engage students?
Please join us for this Anthropology Teaching Roundtable featuring two Emory faculty who use technology in effective and innovative ways.  Dr. Shannon McClintock Pileggi, Lecturer in the Institute for Quantitative Theory & Methods, will join us for a structured demo and open Q&A regarding the use of Blackboard.  Dr. Mark Bousquet, Associate Professor in English, will join us to talk about using course web domains and student web authoring (Domain of One's Own) as a pedagogical strategy and as a hub for coursework, assignments, social media archiving, and public engagement. At the end of the session, we invite you to share your own experiences and ideas regarding the use of  technology to teach Anthropology.
3:00 — ANT 206

Graduate Presentations

Monday, October 20

Dissertation Presentation: Aftermath of a Riot Foretold: Violence, Impunity and Sovereignty in Gujarat 2002-12, India
Moyukh Chatterjee
4:00 — ANT 206

Friday, October 24

Dissertation Presentation: The Paleoenvironmental Context of Middle and Late Stone Age Behavior and Social Networks in Subsaharan Africa
Josh Robinson
2:30 — ANT 206

Graduate Events

Tuesday, August 26

New Student Orientation
1:30 — ANT 206

Monday, September 8

Third Year Cohort Breakfast
Info session: Qualifying Exams and Research Proposal Presentations
8:30 — ANT 206

Wednesday, September 10

Brown Bag Lunch: Professional Development Support-Conference Travel
Presented by Jay Hughes, Laney Graduate School
12:30 — ANT 206

Friday, September 19

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About External Grants (but were afraid to ask)
Featuring Kim Caroline of the Emory College Sponsored Research Office and Wayne Morris, Anthropology Research Accountant
3:00 — ANT 206

Tuesday, September 23

Lunch with Prof. Peter Geschiere, Amsterdam