Posted: March 4th, 2014 by tmares
UVM Anthro Alum Zach Hirsch (class of 2012) has become a reporter for North Country Public Radio in upstate New York. While at UVM, Zach developed a talk show format as a DJ for WRUV, which he has parlayed post-graduation into a career in radio. Last year he received a prestigious Transom fellowship to hone his radio story-telling skills.
Zach produced a senior honors thesis while at UVM based on ethnographic research on the culture of surveillance on Church Street in Burlington, and is a committed ethnographer. As he says about his work as a radio reporter, “I love it. I feel like I’m still doing anthropology every day. Each story feels like a mini-ethnography.”
Here are some of his more recent stories. As you’ll hear, they have strong anthropological dimensions. Here is a story on NYPD surveillance of mosques. (As Zach said about this piece, “My old friend Foucault was on my mind for this one.”) and another about a transgender woman’s self discovery.
Posted: March 1st, 2014 by tmares
Anthropology major Theo Klein has been awarded an APLE Summer Stipend from the College of Arts and Sciences to fund his research project “Examining Church Architecture and Evangelization at Carrizales, Peru.” He will use support this highly competitive grant, which is awarded to only two UVM undergraduates per year, to collaborate with anthropology department faculty member Parker VanValkenburgh in his excavations at the Spanish colonial site of Carrizales, in Peru’s north coast region. Founded as a “reduccion” — one of a string of planned towns to which the Spanish colonial government forced native subjects to move during the 1570′s AD — Carrizales offers a unique context for examining the spatial dynamics of Spanish colonialism and the processes through which colonists sought to convert and “civilize” local populations. Theo’s research will focus on the architecture of the site’s most monumental structure (its church) and offer on of the first systematic studies of vernacular church architecture in the colonial Spanish Americas. Congratulations Theo!
Posted: February 28th, 2014 by tmares
Senior Honors Thesis Defense: Joseph Robert Friedman
Student presentation open to interested faculty and students (closed session to follow student presentation)
Defense Date, Time, Location: Monday, April 28th, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Rowell Hall 102
Thesis Title: Deconstructing the “Curative Revolution v. Neo-Eugenics” Dichotomy: A Discursive-Framing Analysis of Genomic Medical Science in Vermont
Advisor: Jeanne Shea, PhD., Anthropology
Committee Chair: Amanda Yonan, PhD., Biology
Committee Member: Deborah Blom, Anthropology
Posted: February 27th, 2014 by dblom
Anthropology professor Jeanne Shea was awarded this years Peter J. Seybolt Award to conduct ethnographic research on long-term care community cooperatives in China. In this emerging care alternative, healthy retirees from the community volunteer to provide daily care to an infirm elderly neighbor. In return for their service, when the retirees need caregiving later on life, another healthy elder steps up to the plate. The government is promoting this model in its quiver of innovative approaches to the growing crisis of care in China in which families, working-age adults, and government services are no longer insufficient to support the needs of the rapidly aging population. Jeanne will conduct participant observation and interviews with elderly volunteers and gerontology experts in rural and urban settings in China during the month of May following a conference on Caregiving the Elderly in Asia in Hong Kong. The Peter J. Seybolt Award is a competitive award for faculty research in Asia. The annual award was formed in memory of Professor Seybolt, scholar of Chinese and Japanese history and Director of the Asian Studies Program at UVM for nearly four decades.
Posted: February 5th, 2014 by dblom
It has just been announced that Teresa Mares is a recipient of the Frank Bryan Research Award from the Center for Research on Vermont. This award will allow her to pursue her research project La Otra Frontera (The Other Border): Exploring Latino/a Migrant Foodways during the summer of 2014. Through this project, Teresa will be studying food security issues and strategies within Vermont’s migrant worker community.
Posted: January 31st, 2014 by tmares
Follow Luis Vivanco as he pursues research on the culture and politics of bicycles in Colombia on his new blog: Bogotá Bicycle: An Ethnographer’s Perspective. Supported by a Fulbright Scholarship, Prof. Vivanco will be conducting fieldwork in Bogotá from February-June, 2014.
Posted: January 31st, 2014 by dblom
Teresa Mares has recently published a chapter entitled “Engaging Latino Immigrants in Seattle Food Activism Through Urban Agriculture” in the volume Food Activism: Agency, Democracy, and Economy, edited by Carole Counihan and Valeria Siniscalchi (Bloomsbury, 2014).
Posted: January 28th, 2014 by dblom
Parker VanValkenburgh received funding from the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) to conduct Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) on samples of archaeological ceramics from Peru’s north coast region. INAA is a technique used to identify the concentrations of trace and major elements in a variety of materials, and VanValkenburgh and colleagues Sarah Kelloway (University of New South Wales) and Jeffrey Quilter (Harvard University) will be employing it to trace patterns of production in a unique type of early colonial ceramics called Early Green Glazed (EGG) Ware. EGG Ware vessels, like the one pictured in the attached photograph, have classically prehispanic-style forms but incorporate a decorative technique (glazing) that was unknown in the Americas before the Spanish colonial era. Archaeologists and historians have seen such pieces as iconic elements of contact between native and Spanish traditions, but they have never been systematically studied, until now.
On January 10th, Dr. VanValkenburgh also co-organized a session at the Society for Historical Archaeology annual meetings entitled “Las preguntas que cuentan: Ideas and interpretations in Latin American historical Archaeology.” The full-day session, hosted jointly with Ross Jamieson (Simon Fraser University) featured work by over 20 scholars conducting research in a growing and dynamic field — the archaeology of Latin American sites dating after the Spanish Invasion of the Americas.
Posted: January 26th, 2014 by tmares
In 2014, UVM will host the 33rd annual meeting of the Northeast Conference in Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory, one of three annual gatherings that showcase new research in Andeanist anthropology. Currently, UVM is one of only a handful of institutions hosting two scholars of Andean archaeology and material culture (Dr. Blom and Dr. VanValkenburgh). Anthropology will serve as the host department for the conference but has also brought onboard Assistant Professor of Spanish Martín Oyata and Professor Emeritus of Geography Daniel Gade to increase its interdisciplinary impact. [tentative schedule: 3rd week in October, 2014]
Posted: January 26th, 2014 by tmares
Enhancing Excellence through the Interdisciplinary Experiential Engagement is an initiative that promotes high-impact educational experiences that address questions or topics using a interdisciplinary approach, which facilitates the understanding and appreciation of the complexity and interconnectivity of phenomena and improves students’ ability to synthesize and integrate information. The two awards given this year were awarded to Anthropology faculty collaborating with faculty in other disciplines:
“Interdisciplinary Museum Studies” Drs. Jennifer Dickinson (Anthropology) and Kelly DiDio (Art History) [course to be offered Fall 2014]
“Interdisciplinary Engagement in Human Diversity and Evolution” Drs. Deborah Blom (Anthropology) and Amanda Yonan (Biology) [course to be offered Spring 2015]
Congratulations Dr. Dickinson and Dr. Blom!!