Upcoming Events

December 1

Curtis Marean

The Transition to Foraging for Dense & Predictable Resources: Impact on the Evolution of Modern Humans

3:00pm, PAIS 290

December 4

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

Bjørn Bertelsen

Mozambican dynamics of violence: Statehood, global war and sociality conceived anthropologically

What one may label the Mozambican civil wars of the 20th and 21st century – with particular periods of intensity from 1976 to 1992 and from 2013 until the present – have profoundly shaped the post-independence era’s socio-economic trajectories, political subjectivities, troubling legacies, regional divisions, and much more. What can such a protracted period of recurring instances of violence teach us about statehood, global war and sociality? How can the harrowing experiences of violence and suffering instantiated on Mozambican soil inform our comprehension of war in a global age of permanent violent clashes and omnipresent militarism—as well as an increasingly belligerent state form? Rather than insularizing or exceptionalizing the Mozambican material, through emphasizing local and purely national dynamics or by way of labelling according to macroeconomic or political schemata reflecting preconceived ideas of wars and unrest in the global South, I will in this paper draw on specific own ethnographic material from Manica province to answer such general questions. The overall aim of the paper is, then, to use the available material on various dynamics of violence in Mozambique as a prism for analyzing, understanding and redefining the nature of statehood, global war and sociality more generally.
4 pm, ANT 206

 

February 5

Armelago Lecture in Biocultural Anthropology

Lance Gravlee

Sick of Race: How racism harms and misleads medicine

Social scientists commonly assert that race is a cultural construct, not a biological reality.
This refrain is correct in spirit, but it has proven to be an ineffective response to the persistence of racial-genetic
determinism in medicine, science, and everyday life. What's more, it creates a blind spot, deflecting attention
from the biological consequences of cultural constructs like race. In this talk, I show how hidden assumptions
about race, genes, and biology infect contemporary medicine and how integrating theory and methods from the
social and biological sciences clarifies the health effects of systemic racism.

4 pm, ANT 206

Lectures, Film Screenings, Events

April 16

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

Eske Willerslev

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

April 9

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

Justin Pargeter

Emory Anthropology

March 19

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

Sarah Besky

Brown University

February 5

Armelago Lecture in Biocultural Anthropology

Lance Gravlee

University of Florida

Sick of Race: How racism harms and misleads medicine

Social scientists commonly assert that race is a cultural construct, not a biological reality.
This refrain is correct in spirit, but it has proven to be an ineffective response to the persistence of racial-genetic
determinism in medicine, science, and everyday life. What's more, it creates a blind spot, deflecting attention
from the biological consequences of cultural constructs like race. In this talk, I show how hidden assumptions
about race, genes, and biology infect contemporary medicine and how integrating theory and methods from the
social and biological sciences clarifies the health effects of systemic racism.

December 4

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

Bjørn Bertelsen

University of Bergen, Norway

Mozambican dynamics of violence: Statehood, global war and sociality conceived anthropologically

What one may label the Mozambican civil wars of the 20th and 21st century – with particular periods of intensity from 1976 to 1992 and from 2013 until the present – have profoundly shaped the post-independence era’s socio-economic trajectories, political subjectivities, troubling legacies, regional divisions, and much more. What can such a protracted period of recurring instances of violence teach us about statehood, global war and sociality? How can the harrowing experiences of violence and suffering instantiated on Mozambican soil inform our comprehension of war in a global age of permanent violent clashes and omnipresent militarism—as well as an increasingly belligerent state form? Rather than insularizing or exceptionalizing the Mozambican material, through emphasizing local and purely national dynamics or by way of labelling according to macroeconomic or political schemata reflecting preconceived ideas of wars and unrest in the global South, I will in this paper draw on specific own ethnographic material from Manica province to answer such general questions. The overall aim of the paper is, then, to use the available material on various dynamics of violence in Mozambique as a prism for analyzing, understanding and redefining the nature of statehood, global war and sociality more generally.

4 pm, ANT 206

November 13

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

Jenny Chio

From the Stadium to the Screen: Bullfights and their Mediated Afterlife in ‘Minority’ China

Alongside a recent construction boom in bullfighting stadiums, the thriving world of local bullfight video production in ethnic minority regions of Southwest China compels a close-range ethnography of how bullfights move from the stadium to the screen. Animals, videographers, and videos circulate across provincial and ethnic boundaries, forging transperipheral networks, rendering visible a bullfighting public, and enabling the possibility of a subversive cultural politics of entertainment. Examining how bullfights and their videos traffic within and across the periphery yields an approach that critically attends to media practices and emergent social relations not directed at centralized structures of power.

4:00 PM / ANT 206

November 6

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

John Lindo

The Peopling of the Ancient Andes

The peopling of South America was likely an evolutionarily complex process, which included adaptation to various environmental factors—including high altitude, agriculture, and the effects of European contact. Here we present a time series of ancient genomes from the Andes of Peru, dating back to 7,000 years before present (BP), and compare them to unpublished modern genomes from both high and lowland populations. Using composite likelihood modeling methods, we infer a significant population collapse shortly after European contact in the Andes, although not as massive as previously predicted. We also find that the split between high and low altitude populations occurred roughly 9,000 years ago, which may indicate that the hypoxia adaptation was not an instant occurrence, considering that human remains in the Andes date back to 12,000 years BP. Lastly, we find evidence of positive selection in response to the adoption of agriculture and on immune genes after European contact. However, we do not find strong signals of positive selection dealing with hypoxia, which may suggest a polygenic adaptation. 

4PM, ANT 206

October 2

Bayo Holsey

Since the turn of the millennium, there has been a surge in development projects sponsored by African Americans in Ghana. These projects utilize a language of kinship, focusing on the African ancestry of African Americans, which has been the basis of radical Pan-African politics. At the same time however, they are aligned with neoliberal visions of economic development. This talk addresses the complex questions regarding transnational notions of kinship, racial solidarity, and social welfare that emerge in this context.
4PM, ANT 206

Anthropology Co-Sponsored Lectures and Events

December 1

Curtis Marean

The Transition to Foraging for Dense & Predictable Resources: Impact on the Evolution of Modern Humans

3:00pm, PAIS 290

November 14

Turi King

Finding Richard III

Dr. Turi King is a molecular geneticist in the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology at the University of Leicester whose work bridges fields including archaeology, history, and geography. Dr. King led the international research team’s discovery of the skeletal remains of King Richard III under a car park in Leicester, England more than 500 years after his death. The research team included archeologists with expertise in historical ruins analysis to identify likely burial spots and bone experts to analyze the age, sex, and health of the remains and compare signs of battle injury with the historic record of his death. It also included geneticists to extract useable DNA from the available tissues and historians to conduct the genealogical analysis to identify surviving modern-day descendants to whom Richard’s DNA could be compared. Dr. King’s confirmation of the remains of King Richard III closes what is probably the oldest forensic case to date. Her talk will narrate this process of discovery and the vast public interest that this discovery engendered.

November 13

Lisa Poggiali

MAP IT. Little Dots, Big Ideas. Digital Development: Mapping Kenya’s “Silicon Savannah”.

5:30pm, Woodruff Library, Jones Room

November 7

Jaime Breilh

Critical epidemiology and Sumak Kawsay: an Andean academic-people's approach to stemming climate change

November 6

Gian Antonioa Stella

"Patria, Patrie, Patrimonio"

6:00pm, Oxford Presentation Room, Undergraduate Admissions Building

October 18

Dr. Devaka Premawardhana

Pentecostalism and African Indigenous Religion: A Enthographiy of Existential Mobility

3:00pm - 4:30pm, Callaway Center, Room 319

October 3

Sustainability Minors Information Session

5:00pm, Callaway S423

Class-related Lectures, Panels, and Film Screenings

November 15

Public Anthropology Showcase. ANT 280 Indigenous Peoples of North America

What is Indigenous Sovereignty? Whose land are we on? What about Columbus Day? Cultural Appropriation? Sports Mascots? Treaties? Erased Histories? Please join us for a lively afternoon learning about projects created by students in ANT 280, Indigenous Peoples of North America (Prof. Debra Vidali). Projects explore public education & social justice applications on a spectrum of topics, including Native American histories, identities & present day controversies.

2:30-5:00 PM, ANT 206


October 11

Awake. A Dream for Standing Rock

Film screening followed by discussion

7:00-9:00 PM, White Hall 206

Graduate Teaching Roundtables

Friday, October 13, 2:30, ANT 206 - Teaching Roundtable 1 - Assignments and Grading

Friday, November 10, 2:30, ANT 206 - Teaching Roundtable 2 - Classroom Communication

Graduate Presentations

Friday, September 15, 2:30-4:00 pm - Sarah Whitaker, Dissertation Prospectus Presentation

Wednesday, October 4, 2:30-4:30 pm - Tawni Tidwell, Dissertation Presentation, "Imbibing the Text, Transforming the Body, Perceiving the Patient: Cultivating Embodied Knowledge for Tibetan Medical Diagnosis."

Graduate Events

September 22, 2:30-3:30, ANT 206 -

Presentation by Dr. Jay Hughes on the Laney Graduate School PDS Funding Application