event in DC on November 5th

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-10-29-53-amThe George Washington University (GW) will be hosting their 24th annual Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities this Saturday, November 5th, 2016, from 9am–2pm. The event will focus on Christianity and Trans-Pacific Connections, with Judy Han, Department of Human Geography University of Toronto, Scarborough; Nicholas Harkness, Department of Anthropology Harvard University; Angie Heo, University of Chicago Divinity School; and Jin-Heon Jung, Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Institute, Göttingen. The colloquium will take place at 1957 E Street, NW, in Room 213 (The Harry Harding Auditorium), in Elliott School for International Affairs at GW. It is open to the public but reservations are required

anthro in the news 10/17/16

Cholera threat in Haiti

Haitians displaced by Hurricane Matthew Source: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters
Haitians displaced by Hurricane Matthew,  Source: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters

ABC News says relief efforts in Haiti are “ramping up” one week after Hurricane Mathew but Harvard University medical anthropologist and doctor Paul Farmer is quoted as expressing concern that cholera may outstrip food needs: “I am pretty pessimistic about avoiding a major hunger problem in the coming months, and I am an optimist,” adding that a shortage of food coupled with a contaminated water supply, and a cholera outbreak could create a major humanitarian disaster…I saw a senior official in the health ministry and I’ve known him for 25 years…he said if you add all this up it could be worse than the earthquake.” Farmer, who is co-founder of Partners in Health, has been providing health care in Haiti since the hurricane struck.

Media are neglectful media as Haiti suffers

Source: The New York Times
Hurricane Matthew hits southwest Haiti, Source: New York Times

Mark Schuller, associate professor of cultural anthropology and NGO studies at Northern Illinois University, published an article in The Huffington Post pointing to the unimpressive media coverage of Hurricane Matthew’s impact in Haiti and noting the importance of media attention in securing much-needed aid. WORT radio (Madison, Wisconsin) provided a note about the UN extending its mandate in Haiti for an additional six months, including brief commentary from Schuller: “This hurricane shows for once and for all the dire importance of protecting the environmental resources and to be taking a look at climate change not just as climate change but as climate justice…The U.S., the World Bank and the United Nations do need to do better in terms of how we impose our will on places like Haiti.” Continue reading “anthro in the news 10/17/16”

Washington, DC, film screening May 18 of The Anthropologist documentary

Film Screening, “The Anthropologist”

: The Wilson Center in partnership with George Mason University
When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016. 3pm – 5pm
Where: The Wilson Center
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

At the core of the film The Anthropologist recounts the parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. As revealed through their daughters’ perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers and rising tides.
This documentary is relevant for policy, NGO and federal agencies specifically because it is based on anthropological research, one of the critical social science disciplines that methodologically clarifies the human aspects of climate change. Of late, and especially in the context of climate research, there has been significant progress in integrating the natural and social sciences to forefront critical perceptions, understandings, and responses to climate change as it interacts in the diversity of our planet’s biocultural systems.
On Wednesday, May 18, the Managing Our Planet series will screen a documentary focusing on the role of anthropology in the investigation of climate change followed by a conversation with the film maker.

The conversation is part of the ongoing “Managing Our Planet” series, jointly developed by George Mason University and the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute and Environmental Change and Security Program. The series, now in its fifth year, is premised on the fact that humanity’s impacts are planetary in scale and require planetary-scale solutions.


Susan Crate
Professor of Anthropology, George Mason University


Paul Schopf
Professor of Oceanography, George Mason University

Follow the conversation


@brazilportal @NewSecurityBeat 

event in DC: talk on urgent anthropology at the national museum of natural history

The Legacy of Urgent Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution
50th Anniversary of the Smithsonian ‘Urgent Anthropology’ Conference, April 1966

Who: Adrianna Link, Johns Hopkins University
When: Thursday April 28, 2016 12:00pm
Where: Rose Room (Room 337), NMNH

A presentation hosted by Anthropology, Ethnology & Recovering Voices

In April 1966, University of Chicago anthropologist Sol Tax organized a three-day workshop at the Smithsonian Institution to define the logistics and scope of a large-scale research program in “urgent anthropology.” Conceived as an international salvage endeavor committed to the documentation of the world’s disappearing cultures, under the creative leadership of Tax and Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, urgent anthropology expanded into a series of projects and affiliated programs targeting a wide-range of social and scientific concerns—including environmental degradation, cultural preservation, and global industrialization. While the program was discontinued in the late-1970s, the legacy of urgent anthropology still exists as part of the Institution’s archives and museums and is echoed through the mission of present-day initiatives like Recovering Voices. By retracing the program’s development throughout the 1960s and ’70s, this talk considers the benefits and limitations of the Institution’s museum-structure in mobilizing collaborative research bridging the natural and human sciences and its unique potential for supporting similar work in the future.

call for papers from ASAA/NZ on resilience, recovery and renewal

The Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand is hosting their 2016 Annual Conference on:

Resilience, Recovery, and Renewal
24-26 November 2016
Hosted by the University of Canterbury’s Anthropology programme

CALL FOR PAPERS by 15 October 2016

We invite papers that provide anthropological reflections on human endeavour in the face of threats, disasters, and other negative experiences. This includes natural disasters, whether partly caused by human activity or not – such as earthquakes, tsunamis or climate change, on which there is a growing literature, but we encourage papers that address this topic more generally.

There is a long list of negative experiences affecting the people anthropologists work with, such as land alienation, impoverishment, mining, enforced migration and other threats to livelihoods and survival. However, we wish to concentrate on the positive and innovative ways in which people have responded to them, on repair, renewal, recovery and resilience, on how through human endeavour people have adapted or remade their social institutions, or developed new ones, and forged strategies to fight for survival and dignity against odds. We are interested also in the conditions under which such responses succeed or fail, in the political, economic, demographic and cultural issues that impinge on this. In looking at how people perceive and respond to negative events, we are interested in the relevance of factors such as gender, age and ethnicity, and in what this tells us about the nature of culture and society more generally.

Continue reading “call for papers from ASAA/NZ on resilience, recovery and renewal”

archives matter conference features cultural anthropologist gloria wekker

Archives Matter: Queer, Feminist and Decolonial Encounters 

When: June 2 and 3, 2016
Who: Centre for Feminist Research
Where: Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Archives matter. Archives are bound up with the question of whose history is worth preserving. Scholars in postcolonial and decolonial studies have broadened our understanding of archives by thinking of ‘imperial archives’ (Ann Stoler/ Thomas Richards) and colonialism as a ‘cultural archive’ (Edward Said/ Gloria Wekker): ways of understanding how the documents left behind by empire were made, distributed as well as stored, and ways of opening up what is meant by a document: to document is an action that is performed in relation to bodies. This conference will focus on the ways in which we encounter the archive and consider how we might engage the archive differently within feminist, queer and decolonial studies.

We hope in this conference to think toward different uses of archive, from a range of disciplines and perspectives. We hope to explore, how the institutional archive can be made feminist, queered or decolonized, and in which ways we can build on transnational archives as well as establish our own archives. We wish to invite postgraduate students, early career researchers as well as activists, artists and anyone else to contribute.

Archives Matter will feature cultural anthropologist Gloria Wekker of Utrecht University as keynote speaker. Gloria Wekker is Professor Emeritus of Gender Studies at Utrecht University (NL) and the author of several books, including The Politics of Passion: Women’s Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diasgloria wekkerpora. Her specializations are in the field of Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, African American Studies, and Caribbean Studies. Since 2001 she occupied the Aletta (IIAV)-chair Gender and Ethnicity at the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University (NL). She has been the coordinator of the one-year Master “Comparative Women’s Studies in Culture and Politics” at Utrecht University. Wekker published on a wide range of areas including the sexual subjectivity of women in the black Diaspora, knowledge systems in Dutch academia and Dutch multicultural society, diversity in the curriculum on literature and the history of black, migrant and refugee – women movement in the Netherlands. She also writes short stories and poetry.

You can sign up to attend the conference here: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/centre-for-feminist-research-goldsmiths-university-9871931156

DC event at georgetown university

The Georgetown Americas InitiativeInstitute for the Study of International Migration present:

Susan TerrioProfessor of Anthropology, Georgetown University,

Author of: Whose Child Am I? Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody 

In conversation with Philippa StrumSenior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

When: April 25, 5:00 – 7:00pm with a reception to follow
Where:  The Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center (ICC) room 662, 37th and O Streets NW, Washington, DC 20057

Susan Terrio, also author of Judging Mohamed: Juvenile Delinquency, Immigration, and Exclusion at the Paris Palace of Justice (Stanford 2009), in Whose Child Am I? (California 2015) has turned her anthropological skills to helping us know some of the most vulnerable people in our world: children facing migration alone, without documents, and thrust into a little known immigration detention system. Her work turns a conversation that too often focuses only on law and restriction to see first the children who face immigration and detention. She will explore these key issues in conversation with Philippa Strum, former Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York and Director of U.S. Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and now a Senior Scholar there. She has written key studies on law and constitutional rights in the United States including Mendez vs. Westminster: School De-Segregation and Mexican-American Rights (Kansas 2010), Muslims in the United States: Identity, Influence, Innovation (editor, Wilson Center 2005), and Louis D. Brandeis: Justice for the People (Harvard 1984).

Their conversation about children and immigration, the law and detention will open to include our audience.

talk in DC at howard university on african american genomes

The Past, Present and Future of African American Genomes: A Workshop on Ancient DNA Retrieval and Application 

When: April 12, 9am
The Howard University Cobb Research Laboratory
Where: Gallery Lounge, Armour J. Blackburn University Center
2397 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20059

The Cobb Research Laboratory will be hosting this workshop on Ancient DNA Retrieval and Application. This ground-breaking workshop will cover the latest advances at Howard University in ancient DNA assessment and will feature a presentation by Dr. Hannes Schroeder, University of Copenhagen’s Center for Geo-Genetics. He will cover his discovery of the genetic backgrounds of three Afro-Caribbean individuals from the 17th century. Howard University faculty including Dr. Latifa Jackson, Dr. Muneer Abbas and Dr. Michael Campbell will also present on research projects supporting the Cobb Research Laboratory. Lunch will be provided for all participants. Advanced registration is required. Email cobbresearchlab@howard.edu


Save the date: Public Anthropology Conference (PAC 2015) 12th Annual Conference

Dialogues of the Urgent and Emergent

Call For Participation

When: October 3-4, 2015
Where: American University, Washington, DC

The rapidly transforming world in which we live requires an immediate response to the global discussions of climate change, economic development, armed conflict, international human rights abuses, racial injustice, medical emergencies, and sexual and gender inequalities. A dialogue concerning these and other pressing public issues will allow us the opportunity to discuss ideas of the “urgent” and the “emergent.”

“Urgent” draws our focus toward social justice issues that require a time-sensitive response while maintaining deliberate and careful attention to holistic human well-being. Likewise, the “Emergent” presents to us new challenges that arise, causing us to pause and reevaluate the framework in which we approach our everyday work. We will explore our roles as practitioners, teachers, students, and interested members of the public within these shifting climates and discover how we can produce and support positive social, environmental, economic, and political change.

All are welcome to apply.

Submit proposals to aupublicanthro@gmail.com
Deadline: August 31st

For more info contact conference organizers:

Davis Shoulders

John Villecco