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In Amedeka, Southeastern Ghana, local tastes and their related performances are conceptualized as “nkudzedze” – ‘pleasing to the eyes.’ This talk explores how the Amedeka conceptualization of taste directed daily life, the production and consumption of trade goods and serves as a radical act to decentralize research methodologies from the Eurowestern gaze and colonial epistemologies that continue to ‘otherize’ local and Indigenous communities.

Dr. Amira Mittermaier

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

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.

Dr. Robin Higashi

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.

Dr. Elliott Prasse-Freeman

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that Public Issues Anthropology MA students Evie Strickland and Robyn Wood have each received Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), while Aparajita Bhattacharya has received an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for this academic year.

Evie joined the Public Issues Anthropology program after completing her HBSc in 2022 from the University of Toronto in Forensic Anthropology. Her research interests include paleopathology, trauma analysis, and subadult bioarchaeology.

Robyn finished her BA in Honours Anthropology at Western University in 2018. She then completed the MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology program at Sheffield University in 2020, where she focused on Viking funerary practices. Her interest in the MA Public Issues in Anthropology program lies within bioarchaeology, dental archaeology and stable isotope analysis.

Aparajita entered the Public Issues Anthropology program in Fall 2022 after graduating with her BA in Honours Anthropology from Waterloo. Her Master's research in biological anthropology will focus on aDNA studies and bioarchaeology, and she is also interested in the application of biocultural approaches to studying human experience in the past.

Friday, November 10, 2023

Grad Forum 2023

Please join us for the seventh annual Grad Forum where our Public Issues Anthropology MA students will present their research. This event will include a Meet & Greet Lunch with grad students and professors. Click here for more information.