Upcoming Lectures and Talks

We have two upcoming FASA lectures:

Today, we have a lecture from Douglas Trent, titled ““Jaguars and Professional Opportunities.”  Trent is an ecologist by training and the executive director of the Instituto Sustentar (https://institutosustentar.net/) and the Research Director of the Pantanal Wildlife Program (www.bichosdopantanal.org).  He will be speaking about his jaguar population research and career opportunities in wildlife and sustainability.

The talk will be in 1208a Turlington at 2 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Next Week, January 31, we have two talks.  Dr. Kelly Sams will present her talk “Disease X: An Anthropological History,”

which will be followed by Alex Lowie, who will present his paper “Narratives of the Trayvon Martin Shooting.”  The session will begin at 4 pm, in 1208a Turlington.

Florida Museum seminar

Following today’s FASA talk, head down to the The FMNH seminar this afternoon at 3 pm, in Dickinson Hall. Dr. Gabriel Prieto will present a talk, “Massive Child and Camelid Sacrificial Practices in the North Coast of Peru: Understanding the Role of Ritual Violence in Ancient Societies.

Digital Ethnography – Grounded Engagements with Online Worlds

The Anthropology Department and the Center for African Studies are sponsoring a workshop featuring Dr. Victoria Bernal, UC Irvine.  The workshop also includes presentations by UF faculty members and students, followed by an open dialogue with Dr. Victoria Bernal. The workshop features short presentations by UF faculty members and students and is open to anyone interested in exploring how we as anthropologists and social scientists engage with ethnography – both as a method and form of communication – to make sense of an increasingly digitalized world.  Time and date: Saturday, January 25, Marston Science Library L136.  A Light breakfast will be served 9:30-10:00, with the workshop running from 10:00-1:00.

 

Awards and Recognitions

Congratulations to Dr. Myrian Barboza, who has been named the 2019 recipient of the Marianne Schmink Dissertation Award.  Dr. Barboza’s dissertation is titled Tiikuna cosmopolitical cartography: the gendered meaning and use of territories by Katukina indigenous people (Bia River, Brazilian Amazonia).”  The Marianne Schmink Outstanding Dissertation Award was established in 2010 in recognition of Dr. Marianne Schmink for her significant and transformative contributions to graduate education, the Center for Latin American Studies and the TCD Program.

UF Alum Dr. Amy Cox-Hall (Ph.D. Anthropology 2010) was recently featured in the Amherst College Alumni Magazine for her work on her teaching, which culminated in the art exhibition“Eat! An Exhibition Seminar at the Mead,.”  Find the full article here.

 

 International La Salle Summer Academy

The International La Salle Summer Academy is an initiative where visiting lecturers from accredited institutions around the world come to Bogota-Colombia to give interdisciplinary short term courses addressed to international and national students in the months of June, the theme for 2020 is “Rethinking the Future”

Rethinking the future is the theme of an academic initiative that aims to invite faculty and doctoral candidates worldwide to the La Salle International Summer Academy 2020, to reflect and teach about the meaning of the idea of the future in times when utopias and dystopias are being questioned in the midst of conflicted perspectives about the present. This program invites to look to the past to take into account the progress and changes that have taken place and then think on what may occur in the future. The Summer Academy looks for reflection on our society and its possible improvements and tries to establish interdisciplinary relationships between students from different backgrounds.  Find more information here.

 

 

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

 

Awards Section

Please join me in congratulating Brittany Mistretta, who has been awarded a UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute (TESI) Lifelong Learner’s Grant for her proposal titled “Florida Archaeology and Arts in Medicine: Exploring the Art and Environment of Early Native Florida in Hospital Outreach”. Drawing on Florida archaeological collections curated at the Florida Museum and in collaboration with the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine Program, Brittany will design and implement workshops that incorporate Florida archaeology objects. These objects will serve as artistic inspiration and educational media to teach how Florida’s indigenous people were, and continue to be, tied to Florida’s ecosystems through cultural practices that relied on environmental resources. Workshops will increase accessibility to collections and science content, while improving patient well-being via science-inspired art and expression. Brittany’s project is a great example of bridging anthropology, biosphere science, and arts in an informal education setting.

Upcoming Talks

Digital Ethnography – Grounded Engagements with Online Worlds: The Anthropology Department and the Center for African Studies are sponsoring a workshop featuring Dr. Victoria Bernal, UC Irvine.  The workshop also includes presentations by UF faculty members and students, followed by an open dialogue with Dr. Victoria Bernal. The workshop features short presentations by UF faculty members and students and is open to anyone interested in exploring how we as anthropologists and social scientists engage with ethnography – both as a method and form of communication – to make sense of an increasingly digitalized world.  Time and date: Saturday, January 25, Marston Science Library L136.  A Light breakfast will be served 9:30-10:00, with the workshop running from 10:00-1:00.

Trade Wars, Trade Talks, and Trade Truths: What should we make of the return to protectionism?”  Dr. Dave Donaldson from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will deliver this public lecture in the Department of Economics.The lecture will be held 2:00-3:00pm on Friday, January 24th in Pugh Hall Atrium (Ocora). This public lecture is the endowed Bradbury Distinguished Lecture on International Economics.​

Decolonizing Knowledge: Indigenous Theories in Latin American and US Empire Studies. Thursday-Friday, 30-31 January 2020,  Dauer 215.  Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere,  the Department of English, the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, the Department of History, Imagining Climate Change, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.  The symposium begins 10:00-11:30 omg Thursday with a Keynote Address byAbraham I. Acosta ttiled “The Coloniality of Power, Settler Colonialism, and the Critique of Imperialism in Contemporary Times.”  For more information, please contact Leah Rosenberg at rosenber@ufl.edu.

Job Board

The Department of Anthropology, at York University in Canada invites applications for a teaching stream tenure-track appointment in Social-Cultural Anthropology at the Assistant Professor level to commence July 1, 2020. The position is for an expert in first year experience and teaching within the undergraduate program in the Department.  Full details here.

 

Enjoy your long weekend.

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

 

Workshops at the Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence is dedicated to keeping faculty, staff, and teaching assistants connected and informed. Our goal is to help build a community of faculty members from all fields working together to share ideas and resources, to strengthen teaching, and maximize learning.  Workshops are open to both faculty and graduate students as noted, and include using apps in the classroom, team based learning, and improving online course delivery.  A full menu is available here.

UF Religious Observance Policy

A reminder from the Dean’s Office:

Students and faculty must work together to allow students the opportunity to observe the holy days of his or her faith. A student needs to inform the faculty member of the religious observances of his or her faith that will conflict with class attendance, with tests or examinations, or with other class activities prior to the class or occurrence of that test or activity. The faculty member is then obligated to accommodate that particular student’s religious observances. Because our students represent a myriad of cultures and many faiths, the University of Florida is not able to assure that scheduled academic activities do not conflict with the holy days of all religious groups. We, therefore, rely on individual students to make their need for an excused absence known in advance of the scheduled activities.

The UF Religious Holidays Policy is available at:

https://catalog.ufl.edu/UGRD/academic-regulations/attendance-policies/#religiousholidaystext

For University of Florida Students, the following guidelines apply: Students, upon prior notification of their instructors, shall be excused from class or other scheduled academic activity to observe a religious holy day of their faith. Students shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up the material or activities covered in their absence. Students shall not be penalized due to absence from class or other scheduled academic activity because of religious observances.

If a faculty member is informed or is aware that a significant number of students are likely to be absent from class because of a religious observance, the faculty member should not schedule a major exam or other academic event at that time.

​A student who is to be excused from class for a religious observance is not required to provide a second party certification of the reason for the absence.

Furthermore, a student who believes that he or she has been unreasonably denied an education benefit due to religious beliefs or practices may seek redress through the student grievance procedure.

Thank you for your cooperation with this policy.

Job Board

The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania seeks applications for the Mitchell Center Postdoctoral Fellowship linked to our 2020-2021 series, “Free Speech Battles.”

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

2020-2021 Academic Year

Application Deadline: February 16, 2020

Apply through Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/72667

The University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in any discipline whose research is pertinent to the theme of the Center’s 2020-2021 faculty workshop series, “Free Speech Battles.”  In addition to pursuing independent research, the postdoctoral fellow is expected to attend and participate in Mitchell Center events; teach one undergraduate course related to their academic interests; co-lead a research seminar for Mitchell Center undergraduate fellows; and attend other Mitchell events whenever possible. The stipend is $53,800 plus benefits, including health insurance.  You can find more info here.

 

 

Enjoy your weekend!

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

 

Dr. Prieto was recently awarded the “2019 SAF Field Discovery Award” by the Shanghai Archaeology Forum for “Recognizing Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of our knowledge of the Human Past.”

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum is one of the most prestigious awards in the field of archaeology in recent years, and it is held every year in Shanghai, China. The ceremony was held on December 14th in Shanghai. 

Awards Section

Congratulations to Laura Van Voorhis and Kelly Muzycka, who both received Elizabeth Eddy Doctoral Dissertation Write-Up Fellowships.  Laura will be finishing her thesis, “Osteoarchaeological Evaluation of the Prehistoric Denizens of Fort Center, Florida” in Spring, 2020.  Kelly will be writing up her dissertation, “Race and Total Knee Replacements” in Summer, 2020.

Congratulations to Chris Clukay, who has been awarded a post-doctoral fellowship with the Science Corps, to begin after his graduation in May. Science Corps is a non-profit that works to foster science education in areas where it is lacking by connecting recent PhD graduates with schools and centers abroad. As part of the program, he will travel to one of the Science Corps field sites in either the Philippines or Rural India for six months on full funding. There he will both teach and aid in the development of science curriculums among primary school students and help to educate science teachers in those regions.

 

Training in Statistical Analysis at UF

UFIT is offering the SPSS Statistics and Sample Power 3 course and R Programming training series in spring 2020.

    • The SPSS and Sample Power course is a free, online, self-paced, seven-week course on statistical analysis.
    • The R Programing training series is free, face-to-face, eight-week training on statistical analysis and graphics.
    • The course and the training series are designed for faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates, TAs, and graduate students.

If you are interested in SPSS, you can register here.  (registration is for Summer, but you can be put on the waiting list for Spring).  If You’re interested in R, you may register here.   The R course begins on February 20.

 

Jobs and Other Opportunities

The International La Salle Summer Academy is an initiative where visiting lecturers from accredited institutions around the world, come to Bogota-Colombia to give interdisciplinary short term courses addressed to international and national students in the months of June, the theme for 2020 is “Rethinking the Future.”

Rethinking the future is the theme of an academic initiative that aims to invite professors worldwide to the La Salle International Summer Academy 2020, to reflect and teach about the meaning of the idea of the future in times when utopias and dystopias are being questioned in the midst of conflicted perspectives about the present. This program invites to look to the past to take into account the progress and changes that have taken place and then think on what may occur in the future. The Summer Academy looks for reflection on our society and its possible improvements and tries to establish interdisciplinary relationships between students from different backgrounds.   More information can be found here.

The University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. We seek an outstanding scholar whose research and substantive interests focus on the anthropological archaeology of large-scale agricultural landscapes past, present and future in ways that connect human livelihood with biophysical and hydrological processes to form complex social-ecological systems.

Individual will hold the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology with responsibilities that include teaching, mentoring and supervising undergraduate and graduate students, developing, obtaining and carrying out independent research, and publishing findings in appropriate outlets.  More information here

The Departments of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati invite applications for a joint tenure-track position with a focus in epigenetics and health beginning in the Fall 2020.  The tenure home of this position will be in the Department of Anthropology.

Both departments have faculty with strong research records in evolutionary change and seek to enhance their research programs by including expertise into the impact of environment and stress on vulnerable populations. The applicant will be expected to teach and develop courses relating to evolution and medicine, adaptation, epigenetics, and the environment. In addition to teaching duties, this hire is expected to maintain an active research program, advise and mentor students, and contribute to departmental and university service initiatives.  The candidate will have lab and/or field-based research program(s) that provide research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in both the Anthropology and Biology departments.  The candidate should also be able to teach Introduction to Biological Anthropology.  More Information here.

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice at Towson University is currently inviting applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in Anthropology with an Archaeology focus, beginning August 2020. We seek someone with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and to working with a diverse student population. Geographic and research areas are open. The search ad for the position is enclosed. We plan to conduct on-campus interviews in late January/early February 2020.

 

Enjoy your holiday!

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Jessie Ball duPont-Magid Term Professor

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

UF Meet-up at the AAAs

The UF Department of Anthropology is hosting a social mixer during the AAA / CASCA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, on Friday, November 22 beginning at 8:00pm and continuing until close.  Location: St. Regis Bar and Grill, 608 Dunsmuir Street.  It is roughly a 10 minute walk from the convention center.  We will provide hors d’oeuvers.  If you have questions, contact Chris LeClere at cleclere@ufl.edu / 1-704-412-7874.  Also, check out the invite on our facebook page here.  Or on our Instagram page, here.   I look forward to seeing you all there.

 

Awards Corner

I am pleased to note that Ph.D. students  Jamie Fuller, Sarah Staub, Oswaldo Medina-Ramirez, and Ben Smith have each received a RAD award from the University of Florida International Center.  Congratulations to all!

 

Anthropology Research Exhibition

The Department of Anthropology wants to showcase your research projects!  We are looking for both posters and videos from current graduate students and posters from current undergraduate anthropology students.

The prizes are a little different this semester:

1) Graduate Student Poster $750

1) Undergraduate Student Poster $250

1) Graduate Student Video $750

The department will pay to print a copy of your poster so we can display it in the halls of Turlington.  The winning poster(s) will be displayed in the chair’s office. The winning video will appear on the department’s YouTube channel.

Deadline for submission is Friday, November 22 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.

 

Anthropology Holiday Party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  The Anthropology Holiday Party is fast approaching: it is December 4 this year, from 3-5pm, in the Keene Faculty Center.  As a reminder, this is a pot luck affair, so bring your most festive and/or delicious dish to share.  If you’re in a bind and don’t have time to prepare something, we’re happy to take donations to help with the costs of our catering.

As an additional draw, come and vote for you favorite research poster or video, as part of our Fall Research Exhibition!  Also, for faculty who have not yet done so, this is your chance to talk about your research program on camera.  We will be setting up to shoot profiles as part of the festivities, so wear your most outrageous holiday sweater.

FASA Colloquium

FASA is pleased to announce the kick-off of the 2019-2020 Colloquium series, with begins this afternoon at 4:15 in Turlington 1208.  Please come out and join this afternoon’s speakers:

Domenique Sorresso: Seeking Sources: A Provenance Study of Chickasaw Ceramics Using Thin-Section Petrography

Myles Sullivan: Dividing Lines: Understanding the Social Spaces of Boundaries at James Madison’s Montpelier

Felipe Acosta-Munoz: Language Revitalization and construction of ideologies of Yucatec Maya in narratives by language stakeholders in Yucatan, Méxic

On Friday,  November 22, come and hear presentations by:

Megan Hanna Fry: Social Differentiation and Identity in the Anglo Saxon Kingdom of Lindsey

Edward Quinn: Intergenerational impacts of maternal psychosocial stress in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Arianne Boileau: Spinning in circles (or not): the possible function of Maya perforated bone disks as spindle whorls

FASA is always looking for speakers — both faculty and students — to present their research.  Interested?  Contact Corinne Futch at corinnefutch@ufl.edu

 

Publications

Two of our former students, Dr. Meredith Marten and Dr. Noelle Sullivan, have a new article out in Social Science in Medicine: “Hospital side hustles: Funding conundrums and perverse incentives in Tanzania’s publicly-funded health sector.”  You can find it here.

Upcoming Talk

Dr. Kevin Meehan of the University of Central Florida will be giving a lecture, entitled “Voudou Inscriptions of the Self in Zora Neale Hurston’s Haitian Ethnography.”  The lecture is  third event of the FFRI guest speaker series ‘Inscriptions of the Self in the French and Francophone World’ and will take place on Monday November 18th at 3pm in the Scott Nygren Studio, Library West.

Funding Opportunities

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in December 2019.  Applications are due by November 25, 2019, with results announced on 15 December.

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment.

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. Further details, previous winners, and the application portal can be found here.

I will be in Vancouver next week for AAAs, and then overeating the next, so the scrapbook will resume on December 6.  Enjoy the meetings, and enjoy your Thanksgiving break!

 

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Jessie Ball duPont-Magid Term Professor

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida

News and Notes from around the department, on what also happens to be National Cappuccino Day:

Publications and Press

UF Anthropology Ph.D. Justin Dunnavant is featured in the latest issue of Science, highlighting his research at Estate Little Princess in St. Croix.  You can find the online article here, which also includes a link to a .pdf version.

UF graduate student Terry Barbour and Dr. Ken Sassaman are the lead authors on a new paper, just published this week, in PNAS: “Rare pre-Columbian settlement on the Florida Gulf Coast revealed through high-resolution drone LiDAR.”  Their findings were also featured on the website Ars Technica (link here).  The original article can be found here.

AAA Vancouver UF Meet-Up

Are you heading to the AAA/CASCA meeting in Vancouver? The University of Florida Department of Anthropology will be hosting an informal gathering on Friday, November 22nd from 8:00pm until late! We are providing several trays of hors d’oeuvres, so come and unwind after the evening’s business meetings in Vancouver’s famous Gastown District.  Stay tuned for further details.

Awards Section

I am pleased to announce three recipients of CLAS Dissertation fellowships:

Arianne Bouleau received a CLAS fellowship for her dissertation work, “Identifying Household-level Political Economy on the Maya/Spanish Frontier:  A Zooarchaeological Perspective from Lamanai, Belize.”

Christina Callicott received a CLAS fellowship for her work, “Music, Plants and Medicine: Lamista Shamanism in the Age of Internationalization.”

Janet Finlayson received CLAS fellowship support for her research, “The Anatomical Variation of Corresponding Joint Surface Congruency and its Utility for the Resolution of Commingled Remains.”

Congratulations to all three!

Upcoming Talks

Shannon Lee Dawdy of the University of Chicago will give two talks:

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 4:00 pm, Smathers 100 will give a talk entitled Speculative Archaeology: The Politics of Disaster Debris.   The debris pile from 134,000 New Orleans buildings damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina is visible from space. Although there was some effort to recycle materials through a little-known global market in demolition debris, most of the rubble amassed in place. In the future, archaeologists might reasonably consider the hurricane landfill a monumental structure. In the 1970s, Bill Rathje boldly suggested that an archaeological approach to contemporary life can reveal things about ourselves that we didn’t know. Modern landfills were his field sites. This talk thinks through Rathje’s garbology and the exceptionalism of disaster sites. Contestations reveal how important the management of debris and its ideological effects are to local and national governments. Trash is political. And politics is an assemblage of the human and the non-human, the intentional and the accidental.​

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:00 am, Marston Library L136, Dr. Dawdy will hold a workshop of the Imagineering the Technosphere group, titled  Repurposing the Past for the Future with Digital Technologies.  The past has a tenuous, often contentious, relationship with the future. We fragment and sequester the past, drawing memory from only those things we have at hand and rupturing continuities with the present by forgetting. Futures discounting exacerbates this myopic condition by playing on uncertainties to diminish the wisdom of looking too far ahead. How can digital technologies help bridge the past with the future? Examples from digital storytelling, augmented and virtual reality, and spatialized archives enable us to explore the potential for hetereotemporality, nonlinear histories, and the power of ruins and artifacts to experience other times and places. Workshop participants are invited to share their own efforts with digital technologies for repurposing the past for the future.​

Job Board

The Wesleyan University Anthropology Department has a full-time, one-semester visiting position (with benefits) for spring 2020. The successful candidate would teach two undergraduate-level courses and assist in advising undergraduate theses. The topical and/or area focus of the courses is open, though courses in the anthropology of health and illness are of special interest. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, work sample, and teaching statement, including brief descriptions of courses they might teach, to Elizabeth Traube, Chair, etraube@wesleyan.edu by December 1.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Jessie Ball duPont-Magid Term Professor

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida