Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS)

The Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS) is a year-long seminar that meets most Fridays at 2:30 p.m. in Schwartz 103 (unless otherwise noted). 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.

Upcoming BARS Events

March 6, 2020

Oral History is a methodology that has a long history of use by anthropologists, sociologists, historians, and grassroots organizers. Well-known oral historians include anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston and historian T. Harry Williams.  This session will cover both the history and ethics behind Oral History as well as some technical insight and general advice.

Upcoming Events

March 11, 2020

This talk by Professors Elizabeth Ferry (Anthropology) and John Plotz (English) is part of the Social Science lecture series.

12 noon to 1 pm, Olin-Sang 207. Lunch Provided. RSVP required.

March 11, 2020

Elanah Uretsky joins as panelist on COVID-19: Pathway to a Pandemic?  Wednesday, March 11,  3-5 PM LIVESTREAMED ONLY, see links

Tales from the Field with Professor Lauren Santini

March 11, 2020

Dinner and Conversation with Anthropology Professor Lauren Santini

6:30- 7:30 in Brown 224

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March 18, 2020

Wednesday, Mar 18
Schwartz Hall 103

Yazan Doughan is the Neubauer Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center.

Jordan’s Arab Spring of 2011-12 is usually dismissed as having failed to spark a revolution or achieve any meaningful political reforms. Based on extensive fieldwork in Jordan, in this talk, Yazan Doughan reconsiders the legacy of these protests by examining everyday activism in Hay al-Tafayhleh, a tribal neighborhood of Amman, where an unlikely protest movement emerged to play a leading role on a national scale. While notions of success and failure—and the concomitant moods of hope and despair—were important to activists' self-evaluation, Doughan argues that their focus shifted towards a practice of moral critique, leading to perhaps the Arab Spring's most enduring effect: the transformation of popular political consciousness.

Anthropology Info Night

March 23, 2020

Anthropology Info Night is a chance to learn about upcoming course offerings, get recommendations on professors and ask questions about completing the major. Professor Sarah Lamb will host; dinner provided.

RSVP to or so we order enough food.

Meets in Brown 225 on Monday March 23.