Newsletter NOVEMBER 7, 2018

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Convocation 2018
Congratulations to the Anthropology PhD and Masters graduates! Discover more information about graduation or watch online here! #UofTGrad2018 
Candis L. Haak, PhD  
(H. Miller)
Corporeal Experience and the Material World of the Vijayanagara Sacred Landscape: 600-1325 CE

Assistant Professor 
Department of History 
OSWEGO State University of New York


Jacob Nerenberg, PhD  
(T. Li)
Terminal Economy: Politics of Distribution in Highlands Papua, Indonesia

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Anthropology
York University
Michael O’Rourke, PhD  
(T. M. Friesen)
Maps of Risk and Value: A GIS-based Assessment of Cultural Landscape Vulnerability in the Kugmallit Bay Region
Postdoctoral Fellow
Cultural Places Program
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
Letha Victor, PhD  
(M. Lambek & T. Sanders)
Ghostly Vengeance: Spiritual Pollution, Time, and Other Uncertainties in Acholi

Assistant Professor
Department of  Religious Studies
University of North Carolina
Abdulhamid, Joanna, MA (A. Mittermaier)
Visualizing Empire: The American Occupation of Iraq

Ariyanayagam, Suvane, MA (A. Muehlebach)
The Application of Ethnographic Research Methods in Applied Non-Academic Settings by Anthropologists

Atell, Mallory Grace Irene MSc (B. Viola)
A comparative analysis of nearderthal long bone growth utilizing a diverse modern human reference sample

Bellec-Warrick, Nolwenn, MA (I. Kalmar)
“She Is Now Very Fond Of Her Mistress”: Pedigree Cat Breeding and the Domestication of the Imperial Other

Berezowski, Victoria, MSc (T. Rogers)
Evaluating the Morphological and Metric Sex of the Human Skull Using 3D Technology

Faizan, Muhammad Ashhad, MSc (E. Parra)
Genetics of Pigmentation in South Asian Populations

Fyles, Madeleine, MSc (E. Swenson)
The Ocean and the Priestess: An Examination of El Nino Symbolism in Moche Iconography

Glasser, Arno Corbin, MA (E. Banning)
Analyzing Sickle Elements from Jawafat Shaban in Wadi al-Bir, Northern Jordon, and Testing the Reliability of the Regional Sickle Element Typology

Jae, Joong-Woo, MA (H. Luong)
Korean-Canadian: The examination of an identity category

Kumpan, Ludmila Tamara, MSc (J.Teichroeb)
Nutritional Determinants of Vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) Foraging Decisions in Multi-Destination Routes

Lang, Madlen, MSc (M. Silcox)
Scaling patterns in the Cerebellar Petrosol Lobules of Superorder Euarchontoglires according to Ecological and Phylogenetic factors

Lucas, Yasmine, MA (K. Kilroy-Marac/J. Boddy)
Fragmentary Pleasures: Amputation, Beauty and other Aspirations

McCuaig, Madeline, MSc (M. Schillaci)
Non-specific indicators of stress and their relationship to survivorship in Puebloan populations

Nagendran, Lavania,  MSc (M. Silcox)
Unusual Vertebrate Assemblage from the McNeil Quarry of the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming

Rossi, Vanessa, MSc (T. Rogers)
A Pilot Study for Developing a Microscopic method of Adult Skeletal Sex Assessment Using Cortical Bone Histology of the Human Femur

Stead, Samantha, MSc (J. Teichroeb)
Comparing infant handling by males in two closely related species of wild black and white colobus monkey

Tilleczek, Elliott James, MA (N. Dave)
So Queer Yet So Far Away: An Investigation of Queer Digital Activism

Tytaneck, Emma Moria, MSc (T. Rogers)
Dimensional and Elemental Changes observed in Human Bone exposed to High Temperatures

Weglorz, Patryk, MSc (D. Smith)
Wendat Castellation Manufacture Techniques

Zelenka, Antony, MA (S. Satsuka)
"Nested Sovereignty" and Sustainable Development in Eeyou Istchee, Quebec
"The Buddha Mummies of North Japan," a short ethnographic film produced by Shayne A. P. Dahl (PhD Candidate) and directed by Satoshi Watanabe, recently won Best Cinematography at the Documentary Short Film Festival in Toronto and won Best Documentary at the University of Toronto Film Festival in 2017. It has also been screened at the TAG North America 2017 conference, the CASCA 2018 meeting, held in Cuba, and AAS 2018 in Washington, as well as in university classrooms across Canada, the US, and the UK

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Aleksa K. Alaica! 
Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant 
Camelid herding in north coastal Peru: Realizing the role of camelids in socio-political exchange of the Late Moche (AD650-850) period through isotopic analysis of tooth and bone remains
Anthropological research has long recognized that animals play a vital role in the needs, beliefs, political structures and practices of distinct societies. Pastoralism epitomizes a particularly intense mode of human and animal interaction, and in ancient Peru the daily and annual rhythms of camelids and their human tenders were inextricably intertwined. During the Moche period (AD100-850) of north coastal Peru, camelid (domesticated New World llamas and alpacas) played an important role in economic and religious practices. The Late Moche period (AD650-850) is distinguished by political fragmentation, intensified social inequalities, and the emergence of the Priestess cult in the Jequetepeque Valley. This period also witnessed widespread feasting, founded on the conspicuous consumption of camelids and corn beer. As the basis of quotidian and ritual practices, camelids were enmeshed in strategies to reinforce social cohesion and sustain interregional interaction. This project utilizes the communities of practice approach through the lens of post-humanism to test how camelids played an active role in the constitution of socio-political and ritual landscapes of the Late Moche period in the Jequetepeque Valley. A zooarchaeological and isotopic analysis of teeth and bone of domesticated Andean camelids derived from the substantial camelid assemblage from the Late Moche site of Huaca Colorada will provide a proxy of the degree to which communities were traveling and sharing camelid meat across social groups. Rightfully realizing the importance of non-human persons in socio-political and religious life of the Late Moche period finally extends the political, social and ceremonial to the animal world.

Call for Applications – Osaka RESPECT Workshop Fellowship 2019

Osaka RESPECT Fellowship for International Graduate Seminar and Workshop
Landscapes of Cohabitation:
Diversity and Divergence in More-Than-Human Entanglements of the Anthropocene
Date: April 29 – May 6, 2019 (Travel date: April 27-May 7, 2019)
Location: Osaka, Japan

Eligibility: Graduate students or prospective graduate students finishing a BA at the University of Toronto. Priority will be given to PhD students whose dissertation research fits the seminar-workshop theme.


Kathleen (Kate) Rice 
(PhD 2015; co-supervised by Janice Boddy and Holly Wardlow)

Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
McGill University
Kate is a sociocultural/medical anthropologist. Prior to her current appointment, Kate completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her work addresses the anthropology of gender, generation, human rights, personhood, and medical education; recent publications can be found in Social Science & MedicineThe Journal of the Royal Anthropological InstituteAfrican Studies, and Academic Medicine.  She holds a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a project entitled “Migration, Mines, and Marginalization: An Ethnography of Transformation in Ontario Resource Towns,” and was recently awarded the Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to fund the completion of her book, provisionally titled Rights and Responsibilities: Gender, Personhood, and the Crisis of Meaning in Rural South Africa.



November 5th - 9th St. George Campus
Fall Reading Week (no undergraduate classes) 

November 21, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 PM AP 330
Ethnography Lab Speaker Series: Ethnographic Experiments
“Performance and Representation: Disability Ethnography on Stage” by Cassandra Hartblay

November 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM AP 246
Graduate Open House 

November 23, 2018 2:30 -4:30 PM AP 246
Diversity Workshop on Unconscious Bias 

November 26th 
6:30 - 7:30 PM Lillian H. Smith: Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street

Got Anthropology? Vanessa Maloney, "Growing Old Between Two Worlds: How to Age "Successfully" in the Pacific;"

November 30th 10:00 AM - 12noon AP 367
SCL Work in Progress Discussion Series: Frank Cody

November 30th 12noon - 2:00 PM AP 246
Development Seminar: Ryan Burns
December 7, 2018 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM Instructional Building (IB)
Symposium on the Importance of Indigenous Education in Ontario Classrooms 


The Anthropology Graduate Students Union 

November 9th 1:00 - 3:00 PM AP 367

Media Outreach Workshop
More Than 15 Minutes of Fame: Media Relations and Knowledge Translation

Have you been asked to do an interview with the news-media?  Have you thought about how you might explain your research or a current event to the general public through the news-media?  Have you wondered what “knowledge translation” looks like or how to do it? This workshop is designed to help you plan and prepare for each of these scenarios, so that you’re ready to share your work with the public.

This professionalization workshop will feature the following presentations:

  • Larysa Woloszansky, UofT Media Relations, will discuss how her group can assist you in connecting with various news agencies and will share some of the things to keep in mind when agreeing to do an interview, whether about your own research or current events.
  • Dr. Michelle Cameron will discuss what to expect when conducting interviews directly related to your new publication or informing the public about other aspects of your research through news-media.
  • Walter Callaghan, PhD candidate in the Dept. of Anthropology, will provide insights and lessons-learned from his extensive experience in doing interviews with news-media on current events and activism.


The Anthropology Student Association 

November 22nd 
Undergraduate Research Seminar

Undergraduate students will be invited to speak about their research.

December 5th & 12th AP 102
Exam Time De-stress Events!

Free coffee, tea, and snacks, will be provided for students studying in the Anthropology Lounge. Best of luck!


Tenure-Stream Position at Mississauga Campus
Closing December 17, 2018


THE PETER K. NEW AWARD The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) announces an annual student research competition in the applied social and behavioral sciences. The first place winner of the Competition will receive a cash prize of $3,000, second place $1,500 and third place $750.

The award honors the late Peter Kong-ming New, a distinguished medical sociologist-anthropologist and former president of the SfAA. The award will be given to the best paper which reports on an applied research project in the social/behavioral sciences. The research question should be in the domain of health care or human services (broadly construed). All submissions must be submitted online by November 30, 2019. 


Have you considered giving back to the Department of Anthropology? Our Alumni Committee welcomes your thoughts on how to connect to our undergraduate and graduate students. 

Donate HERE
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