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Anthropology Department Blog

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

A Thousand Ghost Maps Event Featured on Vermont Public Radio

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.

Two anthropology students win Fulbright awards!

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!

UVM Anthro Students Present their Research

Posted: April 18th, 2014 by dblom

Joe Friedman photo

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).

UVM Anthropology Alumni in the News

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!



Theo Klein to Study Colonial Church Architecture in Peru this Summer

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!

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