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Friday Scrapbook March 6, 2020

Dillo Roast!

Our annual upcoming Armadillo Roast, which will be held on March 14 — Just 8 days away!  In addition to our horseshoes tournament and the mystery meat and pie competitions,  our roast hosts have devised some new attractions, including a Hot Ones challenge (how many actual or faux chicken wings can you consume, and how hot can you go?), the chance to turn my office into a possum sanctuary (because why not?), and, most importantly, an opportunity to decorate a faculty member’s office door in Flamingos.

As always, the roast is both tremendous fun and an important fundraiser and helps support graduate student dissertation research.

Publications and Media

Ph.D. Candidate Nicolas Delsol just published an article in the Journal of Social Archaeology. The paper is based upon Nicolas’ research on cattle use in colonial Guatemala.  The paper was conceived and drafted during Dr. Gillespie’s “Things” class. Find the article here, and contulations to Nicolas!

Dr. Philip Surles, who earned his Ph.D. in 2011, is hosting a podcast over the course of the next year through an online series called Starstruck, part of This Anthro Life.  His series focuses on his work on the Thirty Meter Telescope, the focus of Phil’s dissertation, and something he has followed ever since  (link here).

From Phil: “I’m interviewing thought leaders from diverse disciplines in collaboration with This Anthro Life for an online series called Starstruck. I will be using the pen name Dr. Mindshare to protect the anonymity of my informants, which include parties from within the Project as well as activists. This work began before TMT’s selection of Mauna Kea in 2009 and discusses the issue in terms of social systems and innovation, as opposed to a polemic stance on where the Project should take place. This differs from the current debates on social media, which are generally hyperbolic. The first episode of Starstruck offers an anthropological perspective of how the current Maunakea/TMT controversy began, which may be particularly relevant to your department. Starstruck can be followed through TwitterFacebook, and my website.  You may reach him at drmindshare@gmail.com.

Spring Research Exhibition

The Department of Anthropology wants to showcase your research projects at our Spring 2020 Research Exhibition!  We are looking for posters from current graduate and undergraduate anthropology students.  Graduate Poster Prizes are  $700 (1st prize) and $500 (2nd prize).  The Undergraduate winner will receive $250.  Win or lose, the department will pay to print a copy of your poster so we can display it in the halls of Turlington.  The winning posters will be on display in the chair’s office.  Deadline for submission is Friday, March 20 by 5:00pm. Digital submissions should go to Chris LeClere. Hard copy posters can be dropped off in the anthropology office. Contact Chris LeClere cleclere@ufl.edu with questions.

Jobs

The Clemson University Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice invites applications for a non-tenure track Lecturer position beginning 15 August 2020. We seek applicants with experience teaching anthropology courses with a preferred focus on biological anthropology who will add to and complement existing curriculum. The successful applicant will teach four-field Introduction to Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and courses in their specific area of expertise. The teaching load for full-time lecturers is 4 courses per semester.  For more information about Clemson University, please see http://www.clemson.edu or the departmental website https://www.clemson.edu/cbshs/departments/sociology/.

The Anthropology Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is hoping to fill a tenure-track line in applied cultural anthropology with a strategic hire. We are hoping to hire an African American or Latinx scholar, because that would enrich our department and support the needs of our diverse student body, or an Indigenous scholar who would strengthen both Anthropology and our Native American Studies program.  Website is here: http://www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/anthropology/index.shtml

I hope that you enjoyed your spring break travels, and I will see you next Monday.

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida