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Anthropology Department Blog

Dr. Emily Manetta to be published in Linguistic Inquiry!

Posted: May 18th, 2015 by tmares

Emily Manetta’s new article, written with collaborator Vera Gribanova of Stanford, entitled “Ellipsis in wh-in-situ languages: deriving apparent sluicing in Hindi-Urdu and Uzbek” has been accepted to appear later this year in Linguistic Inquiry. The article emerges from original fieldwork with both Hindi-Urdu and Uzbek speakers and calls for revisions in crosslinguistic generalizations concerning patters of sluicing.

Congratulations to Shannon Esrich, Nuquist Award Winner!

Posted: May 6th, 2015 by tmares

Congratulations to Shannon Esrich (Class of 2015) who has recently been awarded the Nuquist Award for Outstanding Student Research on a Vermont Topic by UVM’s Center for Research on Vermont. Shannon was awarded this prize in recognition for her outstanding honors thesis entitled Gone to Market: Perceptions, Motivations, and Values of Farmers Market Participants in Burlington Vermont. Shannon will begin the Accelerated Masters Program in Food Systems in the fall of UVM and has a bright future of food-systems work ahead of her! Congratulations Shannon!

Prof. Luis Vivanco Promoted

Posted: May 1st, 2015 by dblom

The department would like to congratulate Prof. Luis Vivanco in his promotion from Associate Professor to full Professor. A well-deserved accomplishment!

Congratulations to Anthropology Students Earning Phi Beta Kappa Distinction

Posted: April 28th, 2015 by dblom

The department would like to congratulate the following Anthropology majors and minors have been invited to become members of Phi Beta Kappa:

Alyson Atherton
Nicole Bull
Hunter Cropsey
Andria Cubero
Luke Dorfman
Melissa Guzikowski
Kara McDonald
Vicky Mooney
Esther Nemethy
Donna Waterman
Kaitlyn Vitez

Well done!

Vermont Folklife Center’s Summer Institute

Posted: April 20th, 2015 by dblom

AR0506photo.14The Vermont Folklife Center’s Summer Institute, Discovering Community: Students, Digital Media, and Place-Based Learning, brings together educators for an intensive five-day program July 13-17 in Middlebury, Vermont. Over the course of an action-packed week, Discovering Community participants work with cultural researchers, media specialists, and fellow educators to explore the power of ethnographic field research and techniques for working with digital audio, video, and photography as documentary tools. Using the Middlebury community as a classroom, Discovering Community models simple strategies for deepening students’ relationships to their own hometowns. To register, visit our website (http://www.discoveringcommunity.org) or call: (802) 388-4964.


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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