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

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
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Laurence Ralph and Daunasia Yancey: Black Lives Matter: Connecting Academia and Activism

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. 

Presentation: Lauren Santini

October 16, 2020

Professor Lauren Santini present her current research.
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. 
Workshop: Graduate Student Seminars

October 26, 2020

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.

Imposter Syndrome: Surviving Academia As A Marginalized Person

November 20, 2020

Offered by Professors Patricia Alvarez and Brian Horton
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January 22, 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.
photo of Mark Auslander

February 12, 2021

Dr. 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.
photo of Krysta Ryzewski

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.