Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS)
The Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS) is a year-long seminar that meets most Fridays at 2:00. The series includes anthropology colloquia presented by invited guests and Brandeis anthropology faculty, alternating with workshops, reading groups and presentations by graduate students. Often we will close the seminar with an opportunity for socializing with the invited speaker and each other. For more information contact Laura Woolf.
Upcoming BARS Events
September 25, 2020Offered by Professors Jon Anjaria and Charles Golden
October 2, 2020Offered by Professors Ellen Schattschneider and Javier Urcid
October 9, 2020
The Dept of Anthropology has invited Laurence Ralph, Professor of Anthropology at Princeton, and Daunasia Yancey, a leader of Black Lives Matter Boston, to participate in a digital discussion and Q&A for our October 9th BARS (Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar) event. Ralph is the author of the powerful recent book The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence, based on archival work and interviews with officers and victims of the Chicago Police Department’s long history of torturing young men of color. Yancey has been a strategist and organizer since her teen years when she worked for the Boston Alliance of LGBT Youth, and most recently has been organizing direct action and community building opportunities as a leader of Boston BLM. These inspiring individuals will come together to engage in a zoom dialogue between scholar and activist, responding to a number of questions formulated by anthropology graduate students.
October 16, 2020Professor Lauren Santini present her current research.
October 23, 2020On October 23 at 2 PM the film Border South will be screened, with comments by Raul Paz Pastrana and Ieva Jusionyte, PhD '12. Raúl Pastrana’s compassionate film rides with a Nicaraguan migrant trying to cross into America, and a US researcher seeking traces of others who never made it.
October 26, 2020
October 30, 2020Faculty Panel
November 6, 2020Professor Freidel studies the emergence and fluorescence of government institutions among the lowland Maya of southeastern Mexico and Central America. Currently he is directing long-term research at the royal city of El Perú, ancient Waka’, in northwestern Petén, Guatemala.
November 10, 2020Film screening and discussion with director Joelle Powe, Dr. Carolyn Cooper and Latonya Style. "Out There Without Fear: Jamaica's Dancehall" explores the global impact of Jamaica's Dancehall dancers and their struggle for local recognition. This is a documentary about art, dance, classism, violence, sexuality, the empowerment of women, the church, blackness, roots, tourism and intercultural exchange.
November 13, 2020
Professor Jon Anjaria and Ingrid Ramón Parra, a design anthropologist and founder of Power of Anthropology, discuss how academically-trained anthropologists have succeeded in industry. Ingrid will present real-life examples of people who have made the transition from academics to an industry job.
November 20, 2020Offered by Professors Patricia Alvarez and Brian Horton
January 22, 2021Dr. Smalls studies the semiosis of race in young people's lives by conducting ethnographic research in different locations of the "African diaspora" (mostly digital or urban). This work specifically concerns the discourses and practices that constitute Blackness, anti-Blackness, and anti-anti-Blackness.
February 12, 2021Dr. Auslander's work centers on museum anthropology, art and aesthetics, meaning in the material world, symbolic mediation, ritual and performance theory, historical anthropology, race and class, engaged anthropology, slavery studies, contemporary African and Diasporic art.
April 9, 2021Dr. Ryzewski is an a historical and contemporary archaeologist whose scholarship focuses on social and environmental upheavals, systemic inequalities, and creative responses to them in the modern world.