October 22 at 1pm – “From Ableism to Collective Access”.  A talk between Dr. Pamela Block (Western University, Dept of Anthropology) and Marivete Gesser (UFSC Centre for Disability Studies)

October 20 at 6pm (EST) - Disability Studies Fall Lecture: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities

Department of Anthropology COVID-19 updates 

To ensure the health and safety of our campus community and to prevent the risk and spread of COVID-19, beginning August 31, 2020, the department wil be open from 10am - 2pm, Monday - Friday.  We ask that if you need to speak with someone from the department, please ensure that you are wearing a mask and that you stay behind the designated barrier to ensure proper physical distancing.  Please note that all staff are not regularly monitoring their office phones; we ask that email be used as the initial contact.  READ MORE


Jennifer SpinneyJennifer Spinney - Appointment with York University

Jennifer Spinney (PhD 2019)has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with York University’s program in Disaster and Emergency Management. Congratulations!  Read more…

Bimadoshka PucanBimadoshka Pucan -  CRC Appointment with Concordia University

Bimadoshka Pucan (PhD 2019) has been appointed to to the position of CRC (Tier II) in Indigenous Oral Tradition & Oral History at Concordia University. Congratulations!  Read more… 

Laura Kelvin

Laura Kelvin - Appointment with University of Manitoba

Laura Kelvin (PhD 2016) will be joining the  Department of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba as an  Assistant Professor in Archaeology. Congratulations!  Read more… 

Beatriz Juarez Rodriguez

Beatriz Juárez Rodríguez - Appointment with Carleton University

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Beatriz Juárez Rodríguez on her tenure-track appointment with the Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology at Carleton University. Read more… 

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