Upcoming Events

January 23rd

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.

4:00 PM, ANT 206


January 30th

Michael DeGiorgio (Penn St)

Uncovering footprints of adaptation from ancient and modern genomes

4:00 PM, ANT 206

February 13th

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

4:00 PM, ANT 206

February 18th

Bridget Algee-Hewitt (Stanford)

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

4:00 PM, ANT 206

April 15th
Department of Anthropology Colloquium

Bradd Shore (Emory)

4:00 PM, ANT 206




Lectures, Film Screenings, Events

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

November 5th

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

Jessica Thompson

Emory University

October 15

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

Tuesday, October 2nd

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

Monday, September 17

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

Co-sponsored by Anthropology

November 28th

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, 4:00pm

October 18

Nicole Creanza

Vanderbilt University

The Evolution of Learned Behaviors: Insight from Birds and Humans

4:00pm, PAIS 290

Class-related Lectures, Panels, and Film Screenings

Wednesday October 3rd

Senses of Yrome

An Ethnographic Theater Performance

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

11:30 am, Rich 205


ANT 385W/THEA 389W presents:

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

Wednesday, Decmber 5th

11:30 am

RICH Building 205

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