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11/29/2023

Interested in Northern European archaeology from the Roman Period to the time of the Vikings? Consider taking ANTH 4043/MEST 4043 Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings: Archaeology of Northern Europe in Spring 2024. Taught by Professor Peter Wells, this course examines social and political organization, cross-cultural interaction, art and symbolism, and religion and ritual.

Forging an Indigenous Narrative: Unearthing Minnesota's Copper Legacy 11/28/2023

Graduate student Selena Bernier won the Fink Summer Fellowship. She shares how the award gave her an opportunity to focus her research interests. “I am now on a path to learn a new scientific subject that will significantly contribute to my future research.”

Forging an Indigenous Narrative: Unearthing Minnesota's Copper Legacy PhD candidate Selena Bernier shares how the Fink Summer Fellowship helped her find her niche and research direction.

11/21/2023

Evolutionary theory provides unique insights into fundamental aspects of human behavior, including s*x differences, courtship, marriage, reproduction, aggression and cooperation. Check out ANTH 3002 S*x, Evolution, and Behavior: Examining Human Evolutionary Biology with Professors Michelle Brown and Michael Wilson this spring where students will develop a critical understanding of the theory, methods, and findings of this rapidly growing field.

11/20/2023

ROOM CHANGE: for the upcoming book talk by Professor Zeynep Korkman. This event will be held in person in 250 Blegen Hall or you can join via Zoom.

Join the Department of Anthropology on Thursday, November 30th from 12:00-1:15pm for a virtual book talk with Professor Zeynep Korkman on her newly published, "Gendered Fortunes: Divination, Precarity, and Affect in Postsecular Turkey" (Duke 2023). Gendered Fortunes shows how commercial fortune telling in cafés is a form of affective labor through which its participants (secular Muslim women and LGBTIQ individuals) build intimate feminized publics in which they share and address their hopes and fears in the precarities of twenty-first-century life. In this brilliant work, Korkman uses feeling—which is how her interlocutors describe the divination process—as an analytic to view the shifting landscape of gendered vulnerability and to explore how those who are pushed to the margins feel their way through oppressive landscapes to create new futures.

This event is hosted by the Department of Anthropology and cosponsored by the Department of Gender, Women & S*xuality Studies (GWSS) and the Department of Global Studies.

11/15/2023

Check out ANTH 4101/8510 Decolonizing Archives with Professor Kat Hayes this spring! In this course, students will decolonize by recontextualizing both the archives as institutions and their contents, using methods appropriate for contemporary anthropological archival research. Students will also engage in original archival research!

11/14/2023

The book talk by Professor Zeynep Korkman on her newly published, "Gendered Fortunes: Divination, Precarity, and Affect in Postsecular Turkey" (Duke 2023) has been rescheduled. Join the Department of Anthropology now on Thursday, November 30th from 12:00-1:15pm! This event will be held in person in 389 Humphrey Center or you can join via Zoom.

Gendered Fortunes shows how commercial fortune telling in cafés is a form of affective labor through which its participants (secular Muslim women and LGBTIQ individuals) build intimate feminized publics in which they share and address their hopes and fears in the precarities of twenty-first-century life. In this brilliant work, Korkman uses feeling—which is how her interlocutors describe the divination process—as an analytic to view the shifting landscape of gendered vulnerability and to explore how those who are pushed to the margins feel their way through oppressive landscapes to create new futures.
This event is hosted by the Department of Anthropology and cosponsored by the Department of Gender, Women & S*xuality Studies (GWSS) and the Department of Global Studies.

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 11/13/2023

The deadline to apply for the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is coming up on November 30, 2023.

The Department of Anthropology invites applications to the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program from scholars in anthropological archaeology whose geographic focus is in Latin America, Mesoamerica, and/or the Caribbean region. The department seeks a scholar who is pushing the boundaries of research, teaching, and service involving Indigenous or African diaspora communities, issues of colonization, urbanization and migration, contemporary heritage concerns, community-engaged or -participatory approaches, and decolonial frameworks.

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program CLA seeks President's Post-Doctoral Fellows applicants whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in higher education and at the University.

11/09/2023

Explore images of nonWestern peoples and cultures as they have appeared in the movies and in other popular media this spring with Professor David Lipset in ANTH 3242W Hero, Savage, or Equal? Representations of NonWestern Peoples in the Movies.

11/07/2023

Spring registration is just around the corner. Consider taking ANTH 4002/5002 Epidemics in Human Evolution with Professor Maria Nieves-Colón! This course examines the global human experience with health and disease through an archaeological and historical perspective, from the early days of our species to the present.

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 10/30/2023

Applications are still being accepted for the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The University of Minnesota’s deadline is November 30, 2023.

The Department of Anthropology invites applications to the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program from scholars in anthropological archaeology whose geographic focus is in Latin America, Mesoamerica, and/or the Caribbean region. The department seeks a scholar who is pushing the boundaries of research, teaching, and service involving Indigenous or African diaspora communities, issues of colonization, urbanization and migration, contemporary heritage concerns, community-engaged or -participatory approaches, and decolonial frameworks.

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program CLA seeks President's Post-Doctoral Fellows applicants whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in higher education and at the University.

10/26/2023

Sean Devlin will be defending his dissertation on November 6 at 12:00pm CST! Join us via Zoom to hear about, "An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Social Landscape of a Jamaican Sugar Estate, 1754-1828." You can contact the Department of Anthropology at [email protected] for more information.

10/23/2023

Join the Department of Anthropology on Thursday, November 9th from 12:00-1:15pm for a book talk by Professor Zeynep Korkman from Gender Studies at UCLA for her newly published, "Gendered Fortunes: Divination, Precarity, and Affect in Postsecular Turkey" (Duke 2023). This event will be held in person in 389 Humphrey Center or you can join via Zoom.

Gendered Fortunes shows how commercial fortune telling in cafés is a form of affective labor through which its participants (secular Muslim women and LGBTIQ individuals) build intimate feminized publics in which they share and address their hopes and fears in the precarities of twenty-first-century life. In this brilliant work, Korkman uses feeling—which is how her interlocutors describe the divination process—as an analytic to view the shifting landscape of gendered vulnerability and to explore how those who are pushed to the margins feel their way through oppressive landscapes to create new futures.

This event is hosted by the Department of Anthropology and cosponsored by the Department of Gender, Women & S*xuality Studies (GWSS) and the Department of Global Studies.

Writing in Community 10/16/2023

Writing in Community: Connection and momentum built along Lake Itasca

Writing in Community Five participants reflect on their experiences, projects, and memorable takeaways from the first annual RIDGS Faculty Summer Writing Retreat.

Indigenous Research Design: Transnational Perspectives in Practice 10/12/2023

Join us Monday, October 16th from 1:30-2:30PM for "Indigenous Research Design: Transnational Perspectives in Practice: A RIDGS Book Event for Dr. Elizabeth Sumida Huaman"!
In recognition of their new edited volume, Indigenous research design (2023), co-editors Elizabeth Sumida Huaman and Nathan D. Martin will be in conversation with a panel of contributing authors on the many visions and processes of "coming to know" that Indigenous communities have engaged and transformed through creative research design. Presented by RIDGS and co-sponsored by the Departments of American Studies, American Indian Studies, and Anthropology.

Indigenous Research Design: Transnational Perspectives in Practice A RIDGS Book Event for Dr. Elizabeth Sumida Huaman

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 10/09/2023

The Department of Anthropology invites applications to the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program from scholars in anthropological archaeology whose geographic focus is in Latin America, Mesoamerica, and/or the Caribbean region. The department seeks a scholar who is pushing the boundaries of research, teaching, and service involving Indigenous or African diaspora communities, issues of colonization, urbanization and migration, contemporary heritage concerns, community-engaged or -participatory approaches, and decolonial frameworks.

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program CLA seeks President's Post-Doctoral Fellows applicants whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in higher education and at the University.

Photos from College of Liberal Arts | University of Minnesota's post 10/05/2023
Magic - Anthropology News 10/04/2023

Magic - Anthropology News Piff Paff P**f! AN 64.3 is filled with stories to enthrall and delight. Welcome to our “Magic” issue, from ancestral spirits to ChatGPT, Roman...

Madelaine Walker: An Investigation into Human Evolution 09/28/2023

Graduate student Madelaine Walker, recipient of the Beverly & Richard Fink Summer Fellowship, shares how the award gave her an opportunity to do fieldwork in western Kenya and advance in her dissertation.

Walker believes that this work helps us “better understand the course of primate, and ultimately, human evolution."

Madelaine Walker: An Investigation into Human Evolution Graduate student Madelaine Walker shares how the Fink Summer Fellowship allowed her to pursue research work in western Kenya and uncover truths about the evolution of primates. Walker says that the fellowship enabled her to “grow as a researcher, a scholar, and an individual.”

Photos from Department of Anthropology, UMN's post 09/26/2023

An Anthropologist's Summer: PhD students, Risa Luther, Madelaine Walker, Abbey Hall, and Erika Matthews spent their summer conducting fieldwork at Koru, Kenya hoping to find primate fossils from the Early Miocene — and they did!

09/15/2023

Photos from Department of Anthropology, UMN's post 09/13/2023

An Anthropologist's Summer: Selena Bernier, PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, interned with the Minnesota Historical Society Archaeology this past summer. During this internship, she was able to to sketch map historic components of Split Rock Lighthouse on the MN North Shore, which is part of Split Rock Lighthouse's trails and landscape rehabilitation. Selena also learned to fly drones at Jeffers Petroglyphs, an MNHS site. The Jeffers Petroglyphs staff are going to be creating a map of the whole site with photographs taken by a drone. Remote sensing technologies provide non-invasive research methodologies. Selena hopes to become a licensed drone pilot.

09/06/2023

An Anthropologist's Summer: Kadir Yavuz Emiroglu, PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, sketched a moment from an urban history walk that took place in Ankara, Turkey that he drew during fieldwork this past summer. Participants are looking at an urban redevelopment project that targets one of Turkey’s public housing projects.

08/30/2023

Looking for a course to complete your fall schedule? Consider ANTH 3037/5037 Food Sovereignty in Africa. Students will critically evaluate how the physical environment and historical processes shaped agricultural productivity in Africa, as well as exploring the subsequent relationship the continent has had with the rest of the world.

08/22/2023

If you are still searching for a class for Fall 2023, check out ANTH 3028/5028 Historical Archaeology. Students in this course will explore the theories and methods of historical archaeology, such as material culture studies, landscape perspectives, archival, and oral historical interpretation.

08/15/2023

Spots are still open in ANTH 3021W/5021W Anthropology of the Middle East this fall. Students will explore the ways in which anthropological methods can help us move beyond the geopolitical constructions of the Middle East, and understand multifaceted political subjectivities and social formations across Middle Eastern societies.

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