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Anthropology Department Faculty Research Workshop

Posted: January 13th, 2015 by nvanvalk

This spring, the anthropology department will be hosting a series of research talks by department faculty, as well as colleagues in sister disciplines, which address recent research in anthropology on the subject of ontology. We encourage all interested faculty, students and staff to attend. For questions, contact nvanvalk@uvm.edu

All talks will be held in Williams Hall Room 511, from 12:15-1:30pm unless otherwise noted. Cookies and coffee will be served.

Weds, January 21 – John Crock (Anthropology)

“Life and Death of Three-Pointed Cemís: The Ontology of Stone Idols in the PreColumbian Eastern Caribbean”

Thurs, January 29th, 4pm – BONUS TALK – (note different time) – Deborah Jones (Ph.D. Candidate, U. Michigan)

“The Soil Stealers: Land, Loss, and Iconicity in Ukraine”

Weds, February 11th – Todne Chipumuro (Religion)

“Kin by Word and Spirit: Ontologies of (Black) Evangelical Relatedness”

Weds, February 25th – J. Dickinson (Anthropology)

“The ‘x’ word: Masking and Unmasking Profanity in Ukrainian Media”

Weds, March 18th – Ingrid Nelson (Geography)

“Cutting Deals and Planting Lies? The Work of Rumor in Mozambique’s Forest Landscapes”

Weds, April 15th – Luis Vivanco (Anthropology)

“Infrastructure. Bike lanes, for example…”

April date to be confirmed – Greg Beckett (Anthropology, Bowdoin College)

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Professors VanValkenburgh and Eastman Awarded Humanities Center Multidisciplinary Collegial Network Grant

Posted: December 6th, 2014 by dblom

Anthropology faculty Parker VanValkenburgh and Benjamin Eastman received one of the first three grants from UVM’s Multidisciplinary Collegial Network program, to support a series of critical discussions and presentations on the “ontological turn” in the humanities and interpretive social sciences — a wave of new research examining how categories of being are constructed, as well as their political implications.
In the spring, UVM anthropology will be hosting a series of faculty-led research seminars on the subject of the “ontological turn” in anthropology. Faculty presenters include John Crock (January 21st), Jennifer Dickinson (February 25th), and Luis Vivanco (April 15th) of the department of anthropology, as well as Todne Chipumuro (Religion) (February 11th) and Ingrid Nelson (Geography) (March 18th). All presentations will take place from 12:15pm to 1:30pm in Williams Hall. Further details, including talk titles and an additional visiting speaker event, will be posted here shortly. Please join us!

Consulting Archaeology Program (CAP) Finishes up a Productive Field Season!

Posted: December 6th, 2014 by tmares

The Department’s Consulting Archaeology Program (CAP) is just finishing up its 2014 field season!  Actually, it can truly be called four seasons in one (see photos).  CAP’s field work this year included the investigation of more than a dozen Native American sites ranging in age from the Late Archaic period to the Late Woodland period (between 6,000 and 500 years ago).  We also had the opportunity to work at three early historic sites occupied by some of Vermont’s first European settlers.  One of the more incredible sites is a multicomponent Native American site on the Missisquoi River in Swanton, Vermont.  Students and CAP field staff crew experienced the full range of weather there, all within an 8 week period!

CAP 2014 late Fall in Swanton Vermont CAP 2014 Spring in Hinesburg Vermont CAP 2014 summer in Monkton Vermont

Parker VanValkenburg’s Recent Talks and Papers

Posted: December 6th, 2014 by tmares

Parker VanValkenburgh’s co-authored article “Gradiometer and Ground-penetrating Radar Survey of Two Reducción Settlements in the Zaña Valley, Peru” (with Chester P. Walker and Jennie O. Sturm) will be published in the journal Archaeological Prospection in early 2015.

Parker has also delivered three talks in recent weeks — at the American Anthropological Association annual meetings (12/4/2014) “Unsettling Subjects: Strategies of Amnesia and Tactics of Remembrance in Colonial Peru;” at the Australian Archaeological Association annual meetings (remotely on 12/2/2014) “Putting FAIMS (Federated Archaeological Information Management System) to use in Coastal Peru;” and at the workshop Artifacts as Evidence: The Material Record of Politics, at Washington University in St. Louis (10/31/2014), ““To See and Be Seen: Towards an Archaeology of Scopic Regimes.”

New Textbook by Luis Vivanco!

Posted: December 3rd, 2014 by tmares

Luis Vivanco publishes new cultural anthropology textbook with Oxford University Press. It’s called Cultural Anthropology: Asking Questions About Humanity. See it here:https://global.oup.com/academic/product/cultural-anthropology-9780199925728?cc=us&lang=en&

Congratulations to our major Riker Pasterkiewicz!

Posted: November 18th, 2014 by tmares

Congratulations to Riker Pasterkiewicz (Class of 2015) who has been awarded three UVM grants to conduct his independent research project in Argentina this winter! With support from the APLE award, and the Office of Undergraduate Research’s Mini-Grant and International Travel Grant, Riker will travel to Buenos Aires to conduct ethnographic research on the public transit system and socioeconomic inequality. A great example of UVM Anthropology in action!

Read our Fall 2014 Newsletter!

Posted: September 11th, 2014 by tmares

It’s been a busy year for the UVM Anthropology Department! To read through our Fall 2014 Newsletter, please click here (and follow the hyperlinks within for even more great news!): UVMAnthroFall2014Newsletter

Congratulations to Dr. VanValkenburgh for Receiving Prestigious NEH Grant!

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 by tmares

Parker VanValkenburgh is the principal investigator of a research project that has been awarded a Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project, entitled “Imperial Spaces: Forced Resettlement, Diet, and Daily Life at Carrizales, Peru” examines how indigenous people adapted to Spanish attempts to resettle them into planned towns in the late 16th century. With the support of the NEH, project researchers will conduct archaeological excavations at two sites in Peru’s Zaña valley, artifact analysis, and archival research in Peru and Spain. Final products will include publications for scholarly and public audiences, as well as a public website featuring data collected during the course of fieldwork.

Dr. Rob Borofsky, Director, Center for a Public Anthropology, writes:

Posted: May 27th, 2014 by dblom

“Congratulations to the 14 Public Anthropology Award Winners at the University of Vermont in Prof. Scott Matter’s ANTH 021 (Cultural Anthropology) class who participated in a North American competition involving over 3,800 students from 24 schools. For the names of the Vermont Public Anthropology Award winners as well as their award winning opinion pieces click here.


Prof. Matter has played an integral part in Public Anthropology’s online student community, showcasing the ability of Vermont students to learn effective writing skills while being active global citizens. He demonstrates how combining technology with cultural concerns in academic courses positively engages students to participate in the broader world beyond their academic setting, while gaining the skills needed for a productive, active life after graduation.”

“A Thousand Ghost Maps” – Prof. Jonah Steinberg’s Interview with Vermont Public Radio

Posted: May 2nd, 2014 by dblom

Prof. Jonah Steinberg, organizer of this past Monday’s symposium “A Thousand Ghost Maps: History in and as Health Crises” and the associated Burack Distinguished Lecture Series lecture “How Hungry Mosquitoes Liberated the Americas, 1776-1898″ by Dr. JR McNeill, Georgetown University, was interviewed by Jane Lindholm and Patti Daniels of Vermont Public Radio. Prof. Steinberg was featured in this past weekend’s Vermont Edition.

For access to the full interview and an overview of the examination of disease and society, please go to http://digital.vpr.net/post/thousand-ghost-maps-knits-complicated-story-how-disease-spreads

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