Congratulations to anthropology major Rachel Aronson (Class of 2014) who has recently been accepted to the Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program at the Congressional Hunger Center in Washington DC! Each year, the fellowship program accepts 20 individuals from around the country to take part in a year-long program where fellows gain experience working on poverty and hunger alleviation efforts at the local and national level. This fellowship is a great next step for Rachel who will soon defend her senior honors thesis on the intersections of food insecurity, culturally appropriate food, and domestic violence. Congratulations Rachel!!
Anthropology Department Blog
Posted: April 4th, 2014 by tmares
Posted: March 29th, 2014 by tmares
Dr. Emily Manetta will be giving a talk at Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages IV at Rutgers University on March 29. The talk is entitled “Alternative questions in Kashmiri” and will ask what can be learned from examining new data on yes/no questions and alternative questions in this understudied Indic language.
Posted: March 20th, 2014 by tmares
Professor Emily Manetta’s work developing hybrid courses was recently highlighted in UVM Today!
Posted: March 16th, 2014 by tmares
Professor Vivanco has recently been named co-director of the new UVM Humanities Center with Professor Jenemann from the English Department. For more information, please see the following story.
Posted: March 13th, 2014 by dblom
Prof. Teresa Mares, Anthropology, was awarded a UVM REACH Grant for her project La Otra Frontera (The Other Border): Exploring Latino/a Migrant Foodways in Vermont.
This study investigates the food practices of Latino/a migrant workers in Vermont’s dairy industry. The first objective of this multi-year study is to examine: how one’s relationship to food and hunger shapes the decision to migrate; how accessing, preparing and sharing food influences household relationships before and after migration; and how migrant households negotiate food needs and preferences within the institutional structures and policies related to the market, the state, and civil society. The second objective is to test and improve the methodological tools used to research food security and food access within households that are excluded from US political citizenship. This study will establish quantitative measures of food security among Latino/a migrant households and combine these measures with qualitative data that provide a deeper understanding of how these households access food.
This REACH Award will support research conducted during the initial phases of this study. This includes conducting 200 surveys with Latino/a workers on Vermont’s dairies using the Spanish version of the US Household Food Security Survey Module, and conducting follow-up interviews with 50 households. Additionally, interviews will be conducted with service providers and other key stakeholders in the broader social network that Latino/households engage to access food.
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, Allen House conference room
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.