Upcoming Events

Meet the Majors

November 10, 2020

The Anthropology UDRS, along with Professor Ellen Schattschenieder, the Undergraduate Advising Head, will hold an information session, via Zoom, on all things related to majoring in Anthropology!  Please join us on November 10 at 5 PM. For the Zoom link, please contact Laura Woolf.
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December 3, 2020

Maya Dworsky-Rocha, MA'16, studies the intersectionality of childhood and race through the lens of children’s literature. A graduate of the Comparative Humanities (MACH) program, Maya's capstone project, "White Kids Fight Dragons, Black Kids Fight Drugs," dealt with the lack of heroes of color in children's transformative literature. In her doctoral work she continues her research into the use of pedagogical narrative in the formation of ethnic and national identities not only in the US, but also in Israel and Palestine.

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.

Workshop: Grant Writing

September 25, 2020

Offered by Professors Jon Anjaria and Charles Golden
Workshop: Applying to PhD Programs

October 2, 2020

Offered by Professors Ellen Schattschneider and Javier Urcid
Laurence Ralph, Daunasia Yancey and Karlene Griffiths Sekou: Black Lives Matter: Connecting Academia and Activism

October 9, 2020

The Dept of Anthropology has invited Laurence Ralph, Professor of Anthropology at Princeton, Daunasia Yancey, a leader of Black Lives Matter Boston, and Rev. Karlene Griffiths Sekou, a grassroots community public health practitioner, strategist and organizer, 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. Sekou is a scholar, public theologian and speaker, community organizer, and human rights advocate active in the Black Lives Matter Movement. 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. 
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Lauren Santini - First Archaeological Identification of Nixtamalized Maize

October 16, 2020

Presentation of the first direct archaeological evidence of nixtamalization, a chemical process that improves the nutritional value of maize, among the ancient Maya people of Guatemala. Analysis of microbotanical remains recovered from two chultuns, or pits cut into bedrock, in a Late and Terminal Classic period residential group at the site of San Bartolo, Petén, Guatemala, provides the first archaeological recovery of maize starch spherulites, a unique byproduct of nixtamalization, and thus the earliest direct evidence of that process in the archaeological record. The presence of helminth eggs within the same contexts indicates that the pits were used as latrines and as middens for the disposal of domestic refuse, including wastewater from nixtamalization. These findings shed light on the daily lives of ancient Maya commoners and inform discussions of subsistence and waste management in Maya cities. 
Border South

October 23, 2020

On 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. 
Applying Material Culture to your Research: Faculty Panel

October 30, 2020

Faculty Panel
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November 6, 2020

Professor 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.
“Out There Without Fear” — A Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Jamaican Dancehall Culture

November 10, 2020

Film 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.
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How Anthropological Expertise Can Live in Industry

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.

Dealing with the Emotional/Psychological Stresses of Academia

November 20, 2020

Offered by Professors Patricia Alvarez and Brian Horton

February 12, 2021

This discussion will take particular stock of anthropological interventions in rethinking the field of natural history, including critiques of dominant epistemes that emphasize competition and rivalry in natural and social systems, while considering anthropological insights into the dynamics of reciprocity and collaboration across time and space. We will also explore career strategies in and around museums in the era of COVID-19 and related crises of the Anthropocene.

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February 19, 2021

Dr. 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.
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April 9, 2021

Dr. 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.