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Department of Anthropology Seminars

Dr. Michael Jackman presents "+/- 100 Metres: Sexual Surveillance and Geolocation Technologies"

This talk deals with queer public history in St. John's and recent changes in understandings of intimacy and privacy. Drawing from on-going research on sex scandals, the global emergence of forms of tolerance towards LGBT people, and issues of policing and security, the preliminary findings presented in this lecture consider how issues of temporality and location come to figure in the expression, mediation, and documentation of desire.

All are welcomed to attend Dr. Michael Jackman (Post-Doctoral Fellow, ISER, MUN) seminar on Wednesday, April 8 at 12:00 PM in Queen's College, QC-4028.

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Dr. Don Kalb presents "The Break Through in Anthropologies of Class"

Don Kalb is Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University, Budapest, and Senior Researcher at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He has served as a Director of the SOCO program at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (Social Consequences of Economic Transformation in Eastern Europe). He is currently a Distinghuished Visiting Professor at the Advanced Research Collaborative at CUNY Graduate Center in New York, and with the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany, where he will (co)lead the upcoming ‘financialization project’ together with Chris Hann. His books include Expanding Class: Power and Everyday Politics in Industrial Communities, The Netherlands, 1850-1950 (Duke University Press), 1997; The Ends of Globalization. Bringing Society back in, (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers), 2000; Globalization and Development: Key Issues and Debates (Kluwer Academic Publishers), 2004; Critical Junctions: Anthropology and History beyond the Cultural Turn (Berghahn), 2005; Headlines of Nation, Subtexts of Class: Working Class Populism and the Return of the Repressed in Neoliberal Europe, (Berghahn) 2011; Anthropologies of Class (Cambridge U.P), 2015. He is Founding Editor of Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology and of FocaalBlog.

Dr. Kalb's talk will begin with an overview of the history of class driven approaches in the human and social sciences, with a particular focus on anthropology, to establish a framework for exploring the seminal new directions that are currently being developed within the discipline. Cross-connections will be drawn to the work of Jonathan Friedman in Anthropology, Thomas Picketty in Economics, and the anthropological anarchism of David Graeber. These theoretical perspectives will then be brought into conversation with the current episodes of social change and contention on the European scene’ to pose the urgent question: What can a specifically anthropological (though decidedly interdisciplinary) approach contribute to the key contemporary discussions about financial capitalism, inequality, 'the middle class', and the political upheavals and impasses that we are facing world-wide?

This seminar will take place on Monday, March 30 in Queen's College, QC-4028 at 2:00 pm. All are welcomed to attend.

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Dr. Gerald Sider presents "Research in the Ages of Stainless Steel: Local differences and Domineering States"
This paper takes several research strategies introduced in my book on the long history of Labrador native peoples' health, -- Skin for Skin: Death and life among Inuit and Innu -- and illustrates their broader application and especially the ways they potentially change our understanding of how inequalities are produced and reproduced.

The research strategies that will be the special focus here are based on paying attention to the social silences, to the surprises in the ways people reach toward tomorrow, and to the changing connections between order and chaos in the everyday lives of ordinary people. I now think that these research strategies work, to the extent that they do, because they let us grasp some of the logic of state formation and decline, and in this context some of the ways that local difference is created and maintained.

This seminar will take place Monday, March 9th at 7:00 pm in Queen's College, room QC-4028. All are welcomed to attend.

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Dr. Jeff Halper, Head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, presents “Beyond Fear and Violence in Israel/Palestine”

Dr. Jeff Halper, anthropologist and Head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions will speak about the current situation in Israel-Palestine at this critical stage in the conflict. After discussing and analysing the political and human situations, Dr. Halper will surveys various options for moving forward. This talk will take place Wednesday, February 4 at 7:00 pm in the Engineering Building, Room EN-2006. All are welcome!

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Dr. Jeff Halper, Head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, presents “Engaged Anthropology In Israel/Palestine”

All are welcome to hear Dr. Jeff Halper reflect on his work in the ICAHD as a form of engaged anthropology “defined by three ‘P’s’ – Professional, Political and Personal, all intertwined.” As well as discussing how anthropology underpins his political work and thinking, Dr. Halper will share his analysis of the Israel-Palestine conflict. The ICAHD takes the issue of Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes – 48,000 in the Occupied Territory since 1967 – as a vehicle for exposing how the Occupation works, as a way of “reading” what Israel intends for the Palestinians and to emphasize the human price of occupation. This seminar will take place Wednesday, February 4th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Queen’s College, Room QC4028.

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Professor Siri Gerrard Presents "Interconnected Mobility Practices and Gender in Norwegian Coastal Fisheries"

Professor Siri Gerrard, Kvinnforsk (Center for Women and Gender Research) UIT the Artic University of Norway, will present a seminar entitled "Interconnected Mobility Practices and Gender in Norwegian Costal Fisheries." This seminar will be held on Friday, November 21 at 12:00 pm in Queen's College, Room 4028. All are welcome.

 

 


"Bringing Home Animals" Book Launch and Symposium

Join us to celebrate the launch of the second edition of an ISER Books classic! The Department of Anthropology has organized a symposium to mark the occasion of the publication of the revised, second edition of Dr. Adrian Tanner’s ethnographic study Bringing Home Animals: Mistissini Hunters of Northern Quebec (ISER Books, 2014). All are welcome.

 

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Justin Helepololei Presents "The Ethnography of Resistance: Notes from the Field on Thick Description and Activist Engagement"

Justin Helepololei (University of Massachusetts Amherst with Dr. Jacqueline Urla, University of Massachusetts Amherst) will present a seminar entitled "The Ethnography of Resistance: Notes from the Field on Thick Description and Activist Engagement". This seminar will be held in Queen's College, Room 4028 on Friday, March 21, 2014 starting at 3:00 pm. A reception located in QC4000 will follow this seminar. All are welcomed to attend.

 


 

Dr. Jacqueline Urla Presents "Basque Standardization and the New Speaker: Shifting Dynamics of Authority and Value"

Dr. Jacqueline Urla (Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director, Modern European Studies program, University of Massachusetts Amherst) will present a seminar entitled "Basque Standardization and the New Speaker: Shifting Dynamics of Authority and Value". This seminar will be held in the Science Building, Room 3060 on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 starting at 3:00 p.m. All are welcomed to attend.


Dr. Tania Murray Li Presents "What is Land? Making-up a Resource"

Dr. Tania Murray Li (Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair) will present a seminar entitiled "What is Land? Making-up a Resource". This seminar will be held in Queens College, Room 4028 on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. All are welcomed to attend. 


Angelina Leggo Presents "Where Heritage Constitutes Belonging: Composing Irishness in Small Town Quebec"

Angelina Leggo (MA Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University) will present her post-fuieldwork seminar entitled "Where Heritage Constitutes Belonging: Composing Irishness in Small Town Quebec". The seminar will be held in Spencer Hall, Room 4008 on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Mitchell Fournie Presents “Outside Agitators and Ungrateful Youth: The Making of a Working Class in Rural Newfoundland”

Mitchell Fournie (MA Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University) will present his post-fieldwork seminar entitled “Outside Agitators and Ungrateful Youth: The Making of a Working Class in Rural Newfoundland”. The seminar will be held in Spencer Hall, Room 4008 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from 3:30-5:30pm. All are welcomed to attend.

 


Dr. Lindsay DuBois Presents "Narrating Political Lives: The case of activist Argentine pensioners"

Dr. Lindsay DuBois (Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University) will present her seminar entitled "Narrating Political Lives: The case of activist Argentine pensioners". The seminar will be held in Spender Hall, Room 4008, on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:00 am. All are welcomed to attend.


Dr. Gerald Sider Presents "Anthropology? Rethinking the history of everyday life to develop a different and partial anthropology"

Dr. Gerald Sider (Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology) will present his seminar entitled "Anthropology? Rethinking the history of everyday life to develop a different and partial anthropology". The seminar will be hed in Queens College, Room 4028, on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm. All are welcomed to attend.


Alanna Felt Presents "Thank you for not driving (in the bike lane): Negotiating traffic space in St. John’s"

Alanna Felt (MA Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University) will present during the Anthropology Seminar Series. Her seminar is entitled "Thank you for not driving (in the bike lane): Negotiating traffic space in St. John’s". This seminar will be held in Queens College, Room 4028, on Monday, February 13, 2012 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. All are welcomed to attend.


Roger Bill Presents "Newfoundland, Tourism, and Selling Culture"

Roger Bill (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University) will present during the Anthropolgy Seminar Series. His seminar is entitled "Newfoundland, Tourism, and Selling Culture". This seminar will be held in Queens College, Room 4028 on Friday, January 13, 2012 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. All are welcomed to attend.

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