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2018 - 2019




Time: Tuesday, June 11, 8:30am-4:30pm

Location: Martin Johnson House, Scripps Institute of Oceanography 

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Friday, June 7 | 5:00 pm | Great Hall

Speaker: Dr. Lucy Blue, Senior lecturer at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton and Maritime Archaeological Director of the HonorFrost Foundation, UK


Honor Frost, Pioneer Marine Archaeologist: Her Vision and Her Legacy 

The world of maritime archaeology has changed significantly since Honor Frost began her archaeological career in the 1950s. Join us as Dr. Lucy Blue recountsthe remarkable life journey of Honor Frost and her groundbreaking investigations of ancient shipwrecks and harbours. Frost’s legacy lives on not only in terms of her research but also in her creation of the Honor Frost Foundation.

Anthropology Honors Thesis Presentations 2018-2019


Time: Wednesday, May 29th 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Social Science Building Room 107

Description: At the end of each academic year (end of May), an event takes place that showcases undergraduate student achievements, including Honors thesis presentations, recognition of academic achievements by our graduating majors, recognition of activities by the AnthroClub, activities by the Ambassadors of Anthropology, awards to outstanding graduating seniors, and a special salute from alumni. 


Monday, May 13 | 3:00 pm | Social Sciences Building, Dean's Conference Room 107

Speaker: Erin Debenport, University of California, Los Angeles


The Language of Secrecy and Exposure in the Pueblo Borderlands

This talk examines how Indigenous Pueblo people living in the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico and Texas use strategic concealments and revelations to constitute community and enact morality, subjectivity, and sovereignty. Drawing on long-term ethnographic and linguistic fieldwork with three Pueblo nations, I move from examples where cultural and linguistic information is tightly controlled to situations where visibility is self-consciously produced to discuss how indigeneity is performed and politics are practiced in this region and in the contemporary U.S. more broadly.

 Wednesday, May 1 | 3:30 pm | Nierenberg Hall 101, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO)

 Speaker: Dr. Deborah Carlson, Associate Professor at Texas A&M   University and President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology


Excavation of an Ancient Marble Column Shipwrecked off the Aegean Coast of Turkey

Between 2005 and 2011 researchers from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) at Texas A&M University excavated the remains of a marble carrier that sank off the Aegean coast of Turkey at Kizilburun very probably in the first century B.C. The ship was transporting the components of a newly-quarried monumental column. Isotopic, stylistic, and metrological analysis of the column pieces has enabled researchers to identify with some certainty the ancient temple for which the column was intended. In addition, excavation of the Kizilburun column wreck provides a unique snapshot of quarrying processes, long-distance transport by sea, and monumental construction in marble in Late Hellenistic Asia Minor.

Monday, April 22 | 3:00 pm | Social Sciences Building, Dean's Conference Room 107

Speaker: Dorian Fuller, University College London



Beyond the bread frontier: Sticky rice, millet porridge and grain wines in the definition of a civilizational area

My predominant research focus has been the origins of agriculture and its social and ecological, but I have interests in how we understand later agricultural systems in early states and empires, as well as the plant use systems in hunter-gatherers systems that precede any agriculture. I have a wider interest in human-environment interactions both in terms of climatic constraints but also human modification of environments. I have been actively engaged in fieldwork projects in India, starting from South India. I have subsequently carried out fieldwork in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarnchal, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, as well as Sri Lanka and have studied materials from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Nepal and NWFP, Pakistan. My fieldwork has focused on systematic archaeobotanical sampling of archaeological sites aimed to fill in some of the many regional and temporal gaps in direct evidence for past agriculture. While filling gaps in the archaeobotanical record of South Asia has been a particular focus (since my Master’s dissertation in 1996), I take as my mission the larger task of helping to fill the major gaps in knowledge of early agriculture in the Old World throughout Asia and Africa. In this regard, I have always been ready to take on archaeobotanical projects in Africa, either directly or through supervision of students. In this capacity I have worked/ am working on archaeobotanical from Libya, Mali, Mauretania, Morocco, Senegal, Niger, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Sudan. I began research in China in 2004, and have had a particular focus on understanding rice domestication and the evolution of rice cultivation systems in the Lower Yangtze region—especially as part of a NERC-funded Early Rice Project (2009-2012), but also in studies of agriculture in Later Neolithic to Bronze Age China more widely. In recent years I have also become involved is the study of archaeobotany in Thailand. As the integration of archaeology and historical linguistics has become increasingly discussed, I became interested in how the details of archaeology and archaeobotany of South India could be confronted with the details of linguistics in the region, especially of the Dravidian language family. I have contributed a number of paper on this topic, and have recently given some thought to how historical linguistic hypotheses in East and Southeast Asia more broadly might match up with our revised evidence for the origins and spread of rice agriculture

Monday, April 1 | 1:00 pm | Social Sciences Building, Dean's Conference Room 107

Speaker: Dr. Acabado directs the Ifugao Archaeological Project, a collaborative research program between the University of the Philippines-Archaeological Studies Program, the National Museum of the Philippines, the University of California-Los Angeles, and the Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement, Inc (SITMo).


Rice, Feasts, and Rituals: Resisting conquest and colonialism in northern highland Philippines

The Ifugao of the northern Philippines constructed their monumental terraced rice fields about 350 years ago and as a response to the pressures exerted by the Spanish conquest of the lowland Philippines. Previously thought to be at least 2,000 years old, archaeological, ethnographic, and ethnohistoric information suggest that the shift to wet-rice cultivation was more recent and was a structuring mechanism to defend against conquest. Indeed, the production and consumption of rice is central to Ifugao culture, where every aspect of the rice cycle requires a particular ritual. However, ethnographic investigations suggest that wet-rice is reserved for the elite. This is supported by spatial analysis that indicate that rice produced in the terraced fields are less than 10% of the required carbohydrate intake of Ifugao communities. This presentation highlights the varied responses of indigenous groups to colonialism, particularly, the Ifugao, who appear to have resisted and/or endured Spanish cooptation. The archaeological record suggests that economic intensification and political consolidation occurred in Ifugao soon after the appearance of the Spanish in the northern Philippines. The foremost indication of this shift is the adoption of wet-rice agriculture in the highlands. Excavations at the Old Kiyyangan Village (Kiangan, Ifugao) also imply that the settlement had continuous contact/interaction with lowland groups and other highland groups between ca. AD 1600 and late AD 1800, refuting the idea of isolation. This work on pericolonial archaeology shows that the effects of colonialism extended far beyond the areas actually colonized

Wednesday, April 3 | 3:00 pm | Social Sciences Building, Dean's Conference Room 107

Speaker: Associate Professor and Director of the Luminescence Lab at Utah State University


A Million Years of Coastal Dunes and Linkages to Sea-level Change on the Sunshine Coast, Australia

The Sunshine Coast of southeast Queensland, Australia is home to an extensive system of coastal dune fields
and barrier islands that contain an archive of sea level and climate change. Fraser Island, the world’s largest
sand island, and the adjacent Cooloola Dune Field form the northern part of these extensive sand barriers.
Samples for Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating were collected from cores and coastal bluffs to
investigate the age of these parabolic dune sequences. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and stratigraphic
descriptions of buried mega-podzols provide additional framework to reconstruct the histories of the dune
fields. Results indicate 1 Myr of dune emplacement and suggest linkages to rising sea levels, with increased
dune activity following the mid-Pleistocene transition and a switch to 100-kyr eccentricity-driven global
glaciation and sea-level variability.

Monday, March 11 | 3:00 pm | Social Sciences Building, Dean's Conference Room 107

Speaker: Thomas E. Levy is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UC San Diego and co-directs the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology. Levy is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


The Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology Transdisciplinary Research Approach –Geophysics, Environmental Science, Cyber and Underwater Archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean

To help establish the new Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology (SCMA) within world maritime archaeology studies, SCMA has begun building a research program in the eastern Mediterranean where UC San Diego has a long-term record of engagement with local scholars. Recent projects in Greece and Israel take a deep-time perspective focusing on cultural adaptation to climate change and changing trade networks from the earliest Neolithic agricultural societies to establishment of local kingdoms in the Iron Age and through the international Hellenistic and Roman periods. SCMA research investigates key cultural/historical issues such as the collapse of Late Bronze Age civilization in the eastern Mediterranean (ca. 1200 BCE), Iron Age (ca. 1200 – 500 BCE) sea-level rise, and submerged trading ports in the Hellenistic/Roman periods. Integrated fieldwork includes: marine geophysics to map the sea floor and discover new archaeological sites; coastal sediment coring for geoarchaeological investigations; and underwater archaeological excavation applying a range of cyber-archaeology digital tools for recording and analyses. This seminar presents a snapshot of SCMA’s eastern Mediterranean research.

Overview of Qualitative Data Analysis
Bonnie Kaiser, Department of Anthropology
Friday, February 22
10am – 1pm*
Spiro Library (SSB 269)

This workshop will provide an overview of the principles and processes of qualitative data analysis. The focus will be on introducing concepts and processes that are applicable to most analytic approaches, rather than focusing on a single approach (e.g., grounded theory, thematic analysis). The workshop will introduce key concepts like code development, coding, code searches, description, and comparison. There will be a brief introduction to software packages available to facilitate organization and analysis of qualitative data. Resources will be provided to support students looking to learn more.

*The didactic workshop runs 10am-12pm and ends with a lunch discussion 12-1pm, during which students can ask questions regarding their own research projects and analytic goals.

Space is limited-- Please RSVP here:  https://goo.gl/forms/oVKFdqPYpUQ5xUu03

Tuesday, February 5 | 6:00 pm | Social Sciences Building, Dean's Conference Room 107

Speaker: Rainer Bussman, Co-director of Saving Knowledge, La Paz, Bolivia, as well as Principal Scientist at the Department of Ethnobotany, Institute of Botany, Ilia State University


Twenty-five years of Ethnobotany around the globe -From magic to molecules, conservation and the Nagoya Protocol

Dr. Bussmann earned his M.Sc. (Diploma) in Biology at Universität Tübingen, Germany, in 1993 and his doctorate at Universität Bayreuth, Germany, in 1994. He is an ethnobotanist and vegetation ecologist, and currently Affiliate Scientist at Museo Nacional de Historia Natural in La Paz, Bolivia, and co-director of Saving Knowledge, La Paz, Bolivia, as well as Principal Scientist at the Department of Ethnobotany, Institute of Botany, Ilia State University, both of which which he co-fouded. Before retiring from Missouri Botanical Garden, Dr. Bussmann was director of the William L. Brown Center at Missouri Botanical Garden, William L. Brown Curator of Economic Botany, and Senior Curator. Before accepting the directorship of WLBC, he held academic appointments as Research Fellow in Geography and the Environment at University of Texas at Austin from 2006 to 2007, as Associate Professor of Botany and Scientific Director of Harold Lyon Arboretum at University of Hawaii from 2003 to 2006, and as Assistant Professor at University of Bayreuth from 1997 to 2003, following a postdoc at the same institution from 1994 to 1997. He holds affiliate faculty appointments at Washington University St. Louis, USA; University of Missouri St. Louis, USA; Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, USA; Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil; Universidád Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Perú; and at Ilia State University, Republic of Georgia, and serves as external thesis advisor at multiple other universities worldwide. His work focuses on ethnobotanical research, and the preservation of traditional knowledge, in Bolivia, Peru, Madagascar, the Caucasus, and the Himalayas. To date, Dr. Bussmann has authored over 200 papers, over 175 book chapters, and authored or edited over 30 books.

Thursday, Janurary 31 | 6:00 pm | Sumner Auditorium, Scripps Institute of Oceanography 

Speaker: Gary Paul Nabhan, Agricultural Ecologist, Ethnobotanist, Ecumenical Franciscan Brother


Climate refugees and food insecurity in drought-stricken desert regions: restoring agricultural sustainability and hope

Gary Paul Nabhan is an Agricultural Ecologist, Ethnobotanist Ecumenical Franciscan Brother, and author whose work has focused primarily on the interaction of biodiversity and cultural diversity of the arid binational Southwest. He is considered a pioneer in the local food movement and the heirloom seed saving movement. He co-founded Native Seeds/SEARCH.  Native Seeds is a non-profit conservation organization which works to preserve place-based Southwestern agricultural plants as well as knowledge of their uses. He then became founding director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. He currently serves as the serves as the Kellogg Endowed Chair in Southwestern Borderlands Food and Water Security at the University of Arizona. There, he founded the Center for Regional Food Studies and catalyzed the initiative to have UNESCO designate Tucson as the first City of Gastronomy in the U.S. He is a MacArthur Fellow and has authored over 30 books including The Desert Smells Like Rain (1982), Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty and Renewing America’s Food Traditions.

2017 - 2018

Anthropology Honors Thesis Presentations 2017-2018


Time: Wednesday, May 23rd 3:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Social Science Building Room 107

Description: At the end of each academic year (end of May), an event takes place that showcases undergraduate student achievements, including Honors thesis presentations, recognition of academic achievements by our graduating majors, recognition of activities by the AnthroClub, activities by the Ambassadors of Anthropology, awards to outstanding graduating seniors, and a special salute from alumni. 


Psychological & Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Szilvia Zörgő

Date: Wednesday May 2, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: Global Policy & Strategy RBC Room 1201


Szilvia is a doctoral candidate of Mental Health Sciences at Semmelweis University, Budapest, and is currently a Fulbright visiting scholar at UC San Diego. Her research focuses on the sociocultural factors of therapy choice in Hungary and decision-making processes related to health. She is a guest lecturer at the Institute of Intercultural Psychology and Education, as well as the Department of Anthropology, at Eötvös Loránd University.

A peek into the habitus? Complex metaphors of illness and health with regard to therapy choice in Hungary

Medical pluralism not only signifies the availability of various therapies in a given society, but also connotes a nexus of worldviews espousing distinct concepts of world, man, illness, and health. Due to a complex set of sociocultural factors, there has been an increase in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in Western cultures. Patients’ choice of therapy is largely dependent on their information-seeking behavior, explanatory model of illness, and underlying dispositions. In countries such as Hungary, social institutions of integration among Western medicine and CAM are sparse, entailing adverse repercussions in communication between physician and CAM user. The presentation will examine the milieu and sociocultural factors of thera

Psychological & Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Professor Claire Snell-Rood

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: GPS RBC Room 1201


Claire Snell-Rood is an Assistant Professor in Health and Social Behavior in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores the social dimensions of health among women living in poverty, which she has examined in urban India as well as rural Appalachia. Her book, No one will let her live: women's struggle for wellbeing in a Delhi slum, is published with UC Press and received an honorable mention for the Eileen Basker Memorial Prize. Her current research employs implementation science perspectives to address mental health disparities in the rural U.S.

Does the “Moral Self” matter for applied medical anthropology? Thoughts from Urban India and Rural Appalachia

Though morality, ethics, and care remain prominent themes in medical anthropology research on structural violence, their relevance for applied research has been less explored. In this talk, I bring together studies on moral wellbeing among women living in Indian slums and on rural women’s depression to suggest how the “moral self” may yield both broad directions and specific strategies to address trenchant health dispar

Psychological & Medical Anthropology Seminar Series


Speaker: Fernando Ciello

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: SSB 107


Fernando graduated in Social Sciences (2009) and has a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology (2013). Currently he is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology of Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC, Brazil) and is a Visiting Scholar at UC San Diego in the Fulbright Program. His work has focused in the ethnographic study of mental health field in Brazil from the perspective of Anthropology of Health.

"Of Other Realms, Entities and Meanings: Studying Mental Health in an Outpatient Clinic in Southern Brazil”

This presentation discusses my fieldwork in a psychiatric day clinic in southern Brazil. It examines how religious and psychotherapeutic interpretations of self and healing are constantly being evoked and interwoven into therapeutic conceptions and practices. What I take as religious interpretations are not discrete or static conceptions but, in fact, heterogeneous statements that refer to spirits, lights, energies, colors, seeing and talking to other entities. Similarly, when I talk about psychotherapeutic interpretations, I call attention to a diversity of psychological and therapeutic schools that are practiced within the day clinic program, including psychoanalysis, transpersonal psychology, and psychodrama. Both groups of practices/discourses should not be seen as opposed or contradictory but, rather, as crucial in shaping important psychiatric artifacts in that context. Mental health, here, is experienced from the perspective of a world populated with different entities – that include the powers of biomedicine and medication, but also deal with the unknown, the energetic and the spiritual. As a result, instead of describing the clinical practices as expressing a discrete and well-defined conceptual orientation – either that of the religious or mental health perspective – I choose to think about both realms as intertwined.

 Monday, March 19, 3:00pm-4:30pm, Spiro Library    

Cacao, Commerce, and Economic Change in Late Postclassic Soconusco (ca. 1200-1520 CE)

The Soconusco region of southeastern Mexico was heavily involved in Postclassic commerce, due largely to the area's valuable forest resources, particularly cacao, which had become a key product in long distance exchange. This talk reviews some of the impacts of Soconusco's growing participation in Late Postclassic Mesoamerican commercial systems. Archaeological data indicate that changes took place in settlement patterns and in consumption patterns of a variety of artifact categories, although some of these changes did not occur evenly across the region. I also explore the economic and

Psychological & Medical Anthropology Seminar Series


Speaker: Professor Merav Shohet

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

LocationPsychological and Medical Anthropology Lab, SSRB 331

Dr. Merav Shohet is a cultural anthropologist whose specializations in psychological, medical, and linguistic anthropology lead to ethnographically grounded, comparative, language-centered research on affect, morality, and health.

“Waiting with Illness and Care” in Vietnam

Recent decades’ marketization and privatization reforms under the policy of đổi mới (Renovation) have led to a contraction of Vietnam’s public health care system, just as the incidence of hypertension and other diseases has been rising. With a decline in nationalized forms of care, families—and especially women—are idealized as steadfast care-takers who unquestioningly shoulder the burdens of sustaining their own continuity and viability, as households remain the normative and preferred places to care for ill members. Drawing on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Đà Nẵng, this chapter considers how families on the city’s margins cope with terminal illness. Focusing on the case of an elderly matriarch who suffered a series of high blood pressure-related strokes that left her in a permanent vegetative state, I detail the multiple layers of waiting and (lack of) care experienced by the ill grandmother and her extended family. The analysis illuminates how home-based rituals and routines were altered and thereby sustained as the matriarch’s relatives at once anticipated, and yet tried to minimize and ward off their ongoing loss, in part by shrouding the illness in relative silence. In attending to the entanglement of different forms of being-in-time in relation to care, I attempt to show how waiting to and waiting for care are recounted as gendered, troubled, and troubling ethical practices in Vietnam.

Global Seminars Information Session: Sex and Health in Southeast Asia | Bangkok, Thailand

Are you interested in the intersection of gender/sexuality and global health from a socio-cultural perspective?  Are you interested in travelling to Thailand this summer while getting academic credit?  Attend the information session to learn more about this this program.

Thursday, December 7 | 5:00 - 6:30pm | Spiro Library, SSB 269

Ancient Art and Cities of the Maya: Study Abroad in Mexico | Information Session

Are you interested in visiting 18 ancient Maya cities in the rainforests of Mexico during Spring Break? Attend one of the following information sessions to learn more about this program!

  • Monday, December 4 | 3:00 - 4:30pm | Social Sciences Research Building, Room 315B
  • Tuesday, December 5 | 3:00 - 4:30pm | Social Sciences Research Building, Room 315

Psychological & Medical Anthropology Seminar Series


Our next meeting of the UCSD's Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar. will be on Wednesday, November 15th from 10am-12pm, in SSRB 331. Dr. Paula Saravia will be presenting a paper titled, "No hay drama": Precarity, Medicine, and Gender among mental health and HIV-AIDS patients in Northern Santiago, Chile. Please find the attached flyer with the abstract.

We hope you will join us in the Psychological and Medical Anthropology Lab, SSRB 331, on Wednesday, November 15th from 10am-12pm. 

"Climate Change and Religion" with Thomas J. Csordas and Karma Lekshe Tsomo.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 2:30 - 4:30 PM | Forum at the Price Center (Level 4)

Come and learn about the history of religious thought and practice in the way humans play a role in preserving the earth and the environment. How does religion, in its diverse forms, understand climate change?

"What Muslims and Jews Need from Each Other" by Yossi Klein Halevi.

Thursday, November 2 | 3:00 - 5:00pm | Cross-Cultural Center - Communidad Room

Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co- directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative
Yossi has been active in Middle East reconciliation work, and serves as chairman of Open House, an Arab Israeli-Jewish Israeli center in the town of Ramle, near Tel Aviv. Yossi was one of the founders of the now-defunct Israeli-  Palestinian Media Forum, which brought together Israeli and Palestinian journalists. He was a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem from 2003-2009.
Yossi was born in New York. He has a B.A. in Jewish studies from Brooklyn College and an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University. He moved to Israel in 1982, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Sarah, a landscape designer. They have three children.  Questions: jewishstudies@cloud.ucsd.edu.

This event is open to UCSD students only.


Anthropology Department Colloquium

Monday, October 30 | 3:00 pm | Social Sciences Building, Dean's Conference Room

Speaker: Sara Ayers-Rigsby, MA, RPA Director, Southeast/Southwest Regions, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Florida Atlantic University

On the Front Lines-Sea Level Rise and Archaeology

With 3 feet of sea level rise, over 16,000 cultural sites in Florida will be destroyed. How do we document these sites before they are gone? What are the best steps we can take to engage the local community? In this talk, we will explore the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s citizen science initiative, Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS) Florida, as well as practical approaches to engage local leaders in this important issue. A major success story in southeast Florida was the inclusion of archaeological resources in the Southeast Regional Climate Compact, a four county agreement between Palm Beach County, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties that details recommendations to cope with climate change in these counties.Resiliency is also a social justice issue—natural disasters such as hurricanes like Harvey and Irma illustrate how marginalized communities suffer disproportionately. Additionally, too often cultural heritage is overlooked in resiliency discussions, but it is a critical part of helping communities engage with the space around them. Pride in historic sites and local archaeological should be accessible to everyone. Although destructive, natural disasters can also galvanize the local community to protect cemeteries or submerged resources under threat that they may not have been previously aware of. In this discussion we will use examples from various communities throughout Florida, such as the fishing village of Matlacha, and recent events to illustrate the need for people to get involved in protecting coastal heritage.

Dr. Hanna Garth

Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Our next meeting of the UCSD's Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar will be on Wednesday October 25th, from 10:00 am -12:00 pm, in SSRB 331. Professor Hanna Garth will be presenting a chapter of her upcoming book project titled, "Shifting Subjectivities" in Contemporary Santiago de Cuba.

We hope you will join us in the the Psychological and Medical Anthropology Lab, SSRB 331, on Wednesday, October 25th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm!

Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series: Introductory Meeting

Please join us for the first 2017-2018 meeting of the Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar.  We will cover introductions and share updates from the summer and plans for the academic year.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. | Psychological -Medical Anthropology Lab (SSRB 331)

2016 - 2017

Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Yahalom

June 5, 2017 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)

Ethics, Religion, and Climate Change: Relating Local Moral Frameworks to Global Science & Religion

June 2nd, 2017 | SSB 107 | 10 - 3:30 p.m.

CAW Critical Anthropology Workshop

May 23, 2017 | 4 - 6 p.m.

We will discuss new work from Dr. Rihan Yeh, U Chicago 2009, a US-Mex alumna, now at the Universidad de Michoacán, Mexico. Rihan is spending time in SoCal during her sabbatical, and will share some of her work in progress with us. She will followup with a workshop on 'grappling with radical vulnerability' - a key concept she offers in her 2014 book, Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms Across Scholarship and Activism and further developed in Hungry Translations.

This will be co-sponsored by CAW and SED the Studio for Ethnographic Design. This will be a more informal venue where faculty and students can discuss the challenges of ethnography and writing.


Annual Honor's Thesis Presentations and Awards Ceremony

May 22, 2017 | 4 - 6 p.m. | SSB 107

At the end of each academic year, we showcase our undergraduate student achievements, including Honors Thesis Presentations, recognition of academic achievements by our graduating majors, recognition of activities by the AnthroClub, activities by the Ambassadors of Anthropology, awards to outstanding graduating seniors, and a special salute from alumni. 

Missed it?  Watch the video of the event here!

CAW Critical Anthropology Workshop

May 22, 2017 | 1 - 3 p.m. | Dolores Huerta Room, Old Student Center

We will discuss new work from Dr. Rihan Yeh, U Chicago 2009, a US-Mex alumna, now at the Universidad de Michoacán, Mexico. Rihan is spending time in SoCal during her sabbatical, and will share some of her work in progress with us. She will be giving a public talk based on her new book-in-progress, Hungry Translations: Telling Stories, Disrupting 'the Social,' Relearning the World, which she is writing in collaborative journeys with members of the Sangtin movement and Parakh theatre. The book looks at questions of storytelling as an ethical responsibility that must do justice to the epistemic energy of those whose knowledges we stand on, but whose intellectual labors often remain invisible in the academy. This will be co-sponsored by the International Institute, the Anthropology Department, and the South Asia Initiative.

Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Salih Can Ackisoz

May 22, 2017 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)

 Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Jacqueline Leckie

May 11, 2017 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)

CAW Critical Anthropology Workshop

April 11, 2017 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. | Sequoyah Hall, Room 201

We will meet to discuss one short article, Nitzan Shoshan’s Cultural Anthropology piece: Managing Hate: Political Delinquency and Affective Governance in Germany.  

Graduate Student Seminar: "How to Write an IRB Proposal"

April 11, 2017 | 4 - 5:30 p.m. | SSB 107

The International Institute invites you to a workshop to help guide you through the difficult process of applying for an IRB/Human Subject applications. Guest speakers will be Patrick Patterson, Associate Professor of History, and Chair, Committee on Research Grants, General Campus Lorena Almeida, HRPP Human Research Protection Program.

Subjects to be covered: * When is IRB review required? * Protecting human subjects: rules, requirements, procedures * Approval for social science methods: what's easier than you might think, and what's harder than you might think * Ways to make the IRB process smoother and faster * International issues: special problems and concerns for work abroad * The nuts and bolts of putting together an IRB submission.

For more information, please contact UC San Diego International Institute Director, Nancy Postero.

Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Angel Martinez Hernandez

Behind the Times: Work, Neoliberal Futures, and the Politics of Chronic Disease in San Francisco's Transit System

April 3, 2017 | 11 - 1 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)

Digital Cultural Heritage in Greece & Beyond

March 27, 2017 | 5 - 7 p.m. | Atkinson Hall

Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Mark Fleming

Behind the Times: Work, Neoliberal Futures, and the Politics of Chronic Disease in San Francisco's Transit System

March 21, 2017 | 12 - 2 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)

Job Talk: "Clutter: Unpacking the Stuff of Business Innovation"

Speaker: Dr. Eitan Wilf

March 20, 2017 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | SSB 107

Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Arnaud Dubois

March 14, 2017 | 12 - 2 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)

Identities are Changeable: A Conversation with Miguel Zenón

In his mixed-media project "Identities are Changeable" (Miel Music, 2014), jazz saxophonist Miguel Zenón explored Puerto Rican identity in New York through interviews and music. Here he will present this work and discuss tradition and innovation in identity, language, and music with Ana Celia Zentella (Ethnic Studies, UCSD), Kamau Kenyatta (Music, UCSD), and Sandro Duranti (Anthropology, UCLA).

Grammy nominee, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow, member of the SF Jazz Collective, Miguel Zenón was born and raised in Puerto Rico. The Miguel Zenón Quartet will perform in concert at The Loft on Feb. 22 at 8 pm.

This workshop is free and open to the public. For further information, contact kwoolard@ucsd.edu.

Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Leticia Medeiros

February 14, 2017 | 12 - 2 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)

Linguistic Anthropology Lab

Speaker: Lina Hou, Postdoctoral Student, University of California, San Diego

"Language ideologies about the uses of an emerging sign language in the San Juan Quiahije Chatino municipality"

December 5, 2016 | 12:30 - 2 p.m. | Linguistic Anthropology Lab (SSRB 340)

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015

2013 - 2014

Honor's Thesis Presentations 2014

Annual Honor's Thesis Presentations and Awards Ceremony

May 130, 2014 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | SSB 107

At the end of each academic year, we showcase our undergraduate student achievements, including Honors Thesis Presentations, recognition of academic achievements by our graduating majors, recognition of activities by the AnthroClub, activities by the Ambassadors of Anthropology, awards to outstanding graduating seniors, and a special salute from alumni.