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.
Anthropology Department Blog
Posted: August 3rd, 2014 by tmares
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.”
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
Posted: April 26th, 2014 by tmares
Professor Jonah Steinberg was recently interviewed on Vermont Public Radio about “A Thousand Ghost Maps,” a public symposium he has organized in conjunction with the visit of Burack lecturer J.R. McNeill, University Professor at Georgetown University. Click here for more information on the public symposium scheduled for April 28th and for information on the Burack lecture scheduled for that same day.
Posted: April 22nd, 2014 by tmares
Of the six Fulbright Scholarships awarded to UVM students this spring, two of the winning projects were submitted by Anthropology majors! Congratulations to: Daniel Rosenblum ’13 for his proposed study of Formal Recognition and Economic Undertakings across Delhi, India’s Unauthorized Colonies, and Joe Friedman ’14 for his proposed project on Public Health through the Master’s Program in Epidemiology at La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México!
Posted: April 18th, 2014 by dblom
On April 16, several of our students presented their research at the UVM research conference. We soul like to congratulate the following.
Joseph Friedman presented “Avoiding Eugenic Genomics: Reconciling Concerns of Disability Communities with the Evolving Clinical use of Reproductive Genetics” (Advisor: Jeanne Shea).
Codi Hindes and Julia Burns, “Sociality of Value in Magic: The Gathering” (Advisor: Ben Eastman).
Brendan Hennessy, “Identifying Runaway Hotspots in Bihar, India” (Advisors: Jonah Steinberg and Beverley Wemple).
Posted: April 17th, 2014 by tmares
Tim Stewart (’09) recently appeared in Vermont Quarterly, describing his rise to popsicle fame in the Bay Area. Check out this great write up!
Posted: April 14th, 2014 by dblom
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 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: April 13th, 2014 by tmares
Deborah Blom has published a chapter entitled “Tracing Tiwanaku Childhoods: A Bioarchaeological Study of Age and Identity in Tiwanaku Society” in the volumeTracing Childhood: Bioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity, edited by Jennifer L. Thompson, Marta Alfonso-Durruty, and John J. Crandall University Florida Press (May 2014)
Posted: April 13th, 2014 by tmares
UVM Anthropology alum A.J. Anmaar Habib will be starting a Masters Program in Urban Spatial Analytics with a certificate in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.