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Anthropology Department Blog

Professor Luis Vivanco Featured in YouTube Series

Posted: March 31st, 2015 by tmares

Our own Professor Luis Vivanco is featured in an Oxford University Press video series on contemporary cultural anthropology, offering perspectives on his career, issues of current interest in the field, and his new textbook with Oxford, Cultural Anthropology: Asking Questions About Humanity.

The videos are available here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=welsch+vivanco+oxford

UVM Anthropology at 2015 NEAA Annual Meeting

Posted: March 31st, 2015 by tmares

UVM Anthropology was well-represented at the 2015 Northeastern Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Eleven students and one faculty member made the trek down to Franklin Pierce University for the two-day conference, March 27-28. During the conference, three students delivered papers and one student presented a poster, including:

  • Riker Pasterkiewicz: 100 Years of Socioeconomic Separation: The Subte of Buenos Aires as a Marker of Progress
  • Lynn Keating: Health, Spirituality, and Kinship: The Intercultural Beliefs in Belize
  • Ben Cohen: The Habit of Resistance: Prospects of Social Justice in Vermont
  • Paige Brochu (poster) Late Ceramic Age House Patterns at the Forest North Site, Anguilla, BWI


Our own Professor Luis Vivanco capped off the conference by delivering the keynote address, “Anthropology In The Here and Now.”


Hyper Archaeology: Time Traveling Around the World in 60 Minutes!

Posted: February 25th, 2015 by jcrock

UVM archaeologists and their colleagues working around the globe come together to share their research in short presentations in rapid succession. In the first of its kind on campus, the UVM Anthropology Department organized a “mini-conference” to celebrate the diversity of archaeological inquiry in time and space. Ten archaeologists lead a tour at top speed Thursday, February 26th at 6: pm in 403 Davis.
John Crock, UVM: PreColumbian Eastern Caribbean
Scott Van Keuren, UVM: Ancestral Pueblos, American Southwest
Parker VanValkenburgh, UVM: Indigenous Colonial Peru
Christopher Wolff, SUNY Plattsburgh: Prehistoric Newfoundland and Labrador
Josalyn Ferguson, UVM/University at Albany: Ancient Maya, Belize
David Tuchener, UVM/Flinders University of South Australia: Indigenous Historical Archaeology of central northern Cape York, Australia.
Jess Robinson, University at Albany/VT Division for Historic Preservation: PreContact northeastern North America
Shayna Lindquist, UVM: Prehispanic Matacanela, Veracruz, Mexico
Cullen Black, UVM/Syracuse University: Bioarchaeology of the African Diaspora, Guatemala
Emily Donaldson, McGill University: Prehistoric Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

Smithsonian Human Origins Traveling Exhibition Coming to Burlington

Posted: February 19th, 2015 by dblom

UVM Anthropology joined forced with the Fletcher Free Library and many state organizations and institutions to bring the Smithsonian Human Origins traveling exhibition to Burlington. Fletcher Free Library was selected as one of the 19 public libraries nationwide to host the exhibition mid-Feb through mid- March 2017.

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!

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