From prehistoric humanity all the way to contemporary cultural diversity, anthropologists engage with a wide range of issues and phenomena that affect individual and public life.
Waterloo's Anthropology research and teaching expertise covers three major sub-fields of the discipline: sociocultural anthropology, archaeological anthropology, and biological (physical) anthropology.
Join us for the 2023 Sally Weaver Award Guest Lecture, presented by Amira Mittermaier, Professor of Religion and Anthropology from the University of Toronto.
Join the Department of Anthropology, alumni, and friends for the 2023 Sally Weaver Award Guest Lecture:"After the Revolution: Islam in Post-2011 Egypt," presented by Amira Mittermaier, Professor of Religion and Anthropology from University of Toronto.
In the wake of the 2011 uprising, Egypt is both tragically the same and radically transformed. Many former revolutionaries concede that the "revolution has failed." At the same time, they describe having been profoundly impacted by the experience of the revolution. This talk examines how middle-class, cosmopolitan, urban millennials in Egypt are remaking Islam—and reclaiming God—in a troubled post-revolutionary present.
Reception to follow.
When: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 | 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hagey Hall | Room 1101
Please join us in PAS 2086 at 4:00pm for a talk by Prof. Elliott Prasse-Freeman (Department of Anthropology, National University of Singapore) entitled "Ambiguous Archives: Recording a Rohingya Ethnos in Flux". A short description appears below.
Ambiguous Archives: Recording a Rohingya ethnos in flux
How to preserve and protect key cultural features of an ethnos under threat of erasure when the contours of that ethnos are not well-known? This is the challenge facing the Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim people from the western Myanmar state of Rakhine (Arakan). The Myanmar military-state has deployed direct and structural violence upon them since 1962 – persistent cultural repression interposed by episodes of ethnic cleansing – producing a context in which (1) Rohingya are impelled to assert and demonstrate their indigeneity to the racist and exclusionary Myanmar state even as (2) the Rohingya have had little opportunity to cultivate or know the features of their cultural diversity and collective history. This talk relays findings from fieldwork in Bangladesh camps, where an oral history project explores social structure, political economy, and migration patterns; it also conveys ethnography from Rohingya life in peri-urban Kuala Lumpur, illustrating how life in diaspora has inflected various expressions of Rohingya-ness.
Prof. Elliott Prasse-Freeman is an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore. His first book (Rights Refused, Stanford University Press) conveys how Burmese activists contest Myanmar's authoritarian military regime, while his second book explores Rohingya identity amidst dislocation and mass violence.
The Department of Anthropology is pleased to welcome Dr. Robin Higashi for a talk entitled "Qualitative and mixed methods research: Contributions of a medical anthropologist in the clinical research environment”. The talk will be held from 12:00-1:30pm in EV3, Room 1408. A brief description appears below.
The burgeoning interest in qualitative and mixed methods research among clinical investigators has created an enormous opportunity for anthropologists and other qualitative methodologists to contribute their expertise. In this presentation, I will provide exemplars of how my work as a medical anthropologist working in a large, integrated Medical Center advances our understanding of why certain populations experience disparate health outcomes, and how clinical processes may be enhanced to address barriers to care. I draw from published research on cancer prevention, HIV, and hepatitis C.
Dr. Robin T. Higashi is Assistant Professor in the O’Donnell School of Public Health at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Since earning her PhD from the joint program in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco (USA), Dr. Higashi’s research has focused on using qualitative methods to evaluate patient- and system-level healthcare barriers and to develop strategies to improve the health of underserved populations. She is consistently funded on multiple federal and private grants as Principal or Co-Investigator. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Higashi is regularly invited to give lectures about her work with Spanish-speaking, underserved, and stigmatized populations.