Department of Anthropology faculty and students are actively engaged in news-making research, writing, and public engagement. We are delighted to post information on such activities as they occur.
We also maintain a busy schedule of public lectures, interdisciplinary seminars, faculty-student workshops, and professional training events for our advanced graduate students.
Below is a partial list of regularly occuring events as well as special events coming up this semester -- as well as links to archived events of interest from previous years.
UVA Anthropologists in the News
UVA Anthropology Department Honors Professor Fred Damon upon his Retirement
Faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the Department of Anthropology gathered in Brooks Hall on Friday, May 13, 2022, to celebrate the career of Professor Fred Damon, who is retiring after more than 30 years of service to the department, the university, and the profession.
Listen to the recollections of colleagues, students, and friends here.
Click here to see more pictures from the event.
UVA Anthropology Department Welcomes First Cohort of Bridge Program Doctoral Fellows
The Department of Anthropology is happy to introduce its first Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows: Tia Folgheraiter and Unitha Cherry.
The Bridge to the Doctorate Program is an initiative from the Graduate School or Arts and Sciences at UVA. It was developed out of a deep commitment to diversifying UVA’s graduate programs, the professoriate and the research workforce. It seeks to support post-baccalaureate students from groups that are underrepresented in their disciplines and who have not had sufficient training and research experiences to prepare them for admission to doctoral programs.
The Program provides two full years of fellowship support for students to enroll in a combination of courses, supervised research, and UVA’s intensive graduate student professional development curriculum known as “PhD Plus.” Throughout the entirety of the Program, fellows work in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. Tia’s mentor is Dr. Kasey Jernigan and Unitha’s mentor is Dr. Sylvia Tidey.
Tia Folgheraiter is a Bridge to the Doctorate Fellow and is currently enrolled in the Anthropology master’s program at UVA. She graduated with Honors from Dartmouth College where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and majored in Native American Studies and minored in Environmental Studies. Her senior thesis, Visual Sovereignty and the Contemporary Resistance of Colonial Ecocide in the Navajo Nation, examined the concept of visual sovereignty and how contemporary Indigenous art serves as an allegory to resist environmental degradation from natural resource extraction (coal, oil, and uranium) in the Navajo Nation, with the ability to uphold and assert greater claims to political sovereignty. She has held a range of internships at the Hood Museum of Art, Smithsonian's Nation Museum of the American Indian (Washington D.C.), and Diné Policy Institute.
Tia is Diné and grew up in the rural town of Tuba City, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. As a Bridge fellow at UVA, she continues to expand her research interests of Native American art and (mis)representation, visual sovereignty, Indigenous futurisms, tribal energy industries, and federal Indian law. She is committed to Indigenous research methodologies that empower Indigenous communities by centering Indigenous perspectives, voices, and traditional knowledge.
Unitha ‘Che’ Cherry is a Bridge to the Doctorate Fellow at UVA. She received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology with a minor in Biology from the University of Richmond. Over the course of her studies, Unitha became particularly interested in biopolitics and the feminine body, especially in connection to abortion. She completed three Summer Research Fellowships; worked as a research assistant on a project that aimed to document how the state, identified through the FBI, creates and documents race through “wanted” posters; and was scheduled to give a paper on the analysis of how the state manifests itself in the feminine body during pregnancy and abortion attempts at the Spring 2020 Johns Hopkins Macksey Symposium.
Unitha was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. This is the first time she has ever moved to a new place, although she did spend a Summer in Santiago, Chile. She is an excellent challah baker (ask her for some!) and on and off practitioner of yoga. Her goals for her time at UVA are to complete an MA Degree in Anthropology, with a specific focus on Medical Anthropology. She will also be looking at the current tension between laws that prohibit safe abortions and the social services that surround the populations especially impacted by these laws.
UVA Anthropology Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Hantman receives Jane Moore Essay Award for paper on Anthropology and Social Sciences at UVA
Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Hantman has received the Jane Moore Essay Award for 2018-2019 from the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society for his publication ‘Eugenicists, Sentimentalists, Activists: Social Theory at the University of Virginia, 1926–1960’ (Magazine of Albemarle Charlottesville History 76-77:71-100). His paper explores the history of Anthropology and the social sciences at UVA with emphasis on the anti-eugenics and anti-segregation efforts of Professors Floyd Nelson House and Eric Wolf.
You can read Professor Hantman's essay here.
UVA PhD, Rose Wellman, Gives Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lecture at Eastern New Mexico University
Dr. Rose Wellman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of Michigan-Dearborn, will be the guest speaker for the ENMU Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology's 2021 Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lectureship. Dr. Wellman will speak on "Confronting Islamophobia through Ethnography". She will begin by addressing the problem of Islamophobia as a form of anti-Muslim racism and then examine how an ethnography of everyday life and state power can lead us beyond the headlines to a better understanding of people's ordinary aspirations and lived experiences in our globalized world.
Dr. Wellman's lecture will be presented online via Zoom at 5:00 p.m. MST on Thursday, March 4 and is free and open to the public. The link to the online presentation is: https://zoom.us/j/95876223404?pwd=WVRTYWZqZE5sMXN6eGcxcWU0Vm9ndz09 (Meeting ID 958 7622 3404, Passcode 516771)
Click here for a copy of the lecture program.
Dr. Rose Wellman is an anthropologist who specializes in Iran and the Middle East. Between 2007 and 2010, she conducted 15 months of ethnographic research in the Islamic Republic, including 10 months in a small town outside of Shiraz. The result is her forthcoming book, Feeding Iran: Shi'i Families and the Making of an Islamic Republic. She is also the co-editor with Dr. Todne Thomas and Dr. Asiya Malik of New Directions of Spiritual Kinship: Sacred Ties across the Abrahamic Religions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
Dr. Wellman received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2014, held a postdoctoral research position at Princeton University's Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies between 2014 and 2017, and is currently an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
UVA PhD, David Flood, Publishes Essay in Sapiens
UVA Doctoral Student, Nazli Azergun, Interviews Anthropologist/Author Jessa Lingel
The Department of Anthropology maintains a busy schedule of public lectures, interdisciplinary seminars, faculty-student workshops, and professional treaining events for our advanced graduate students. Below is a partial list of regularly occuring events as well as special events coming up this semester.
Anthropology Department Speaker Series & Colloquium
Archaeology Brown Bag
Archaeology Brown Bag Workshops provide an informal, interdisciplinary venue for presentations of work in progress by faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars, and discussion of developments in recent archaeological literature.
Workshops convene four to five times per semester, on Fridays from 4:00-5:15 in the Brooks Hall Conference Room (2nd floor) unless otherwise noted.
For the archive of past Brown Bag Workshops, click HERE.
Linguistic Anthropology Seminar
Multimodal Interaction Lab
Summer Linguistic Anthropology Seminar: Contemporary Mopan Maya in Belize
Professor Pio Saqui (Mopan) of the University of Belize will speak on "Contemporary Mopan Maya: Language, Culture, and Integration in the Developing Nation of Belize."
Friday, June 10, 2022
Brooks Hall 2nd Floor Conference Room
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Mopan Maya is a group of lowland Maya that still practices their traditional way of life, closely tied to shifting agriculture. Oral transmission of traditional ecological knowledge is still dominant. Recent economic development and global pressures have highlighted some concerns as cultural practices, language and traditions become more at risk. This talk will engage some of these topics as new opportunities are charted for integration of the indigenous in contemporary Belize.
This event is sponsored by: The Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation, The Department of Anthropology, The Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics, and The Multepal Project.
Anthropology Graduation Ceremony -- Spring 2021
Congratulations to our 2021 Graduating Class!!!
Click here to view the recording of our virtual graduation ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of undergraduates completing their Anthropology major, graduate students receiving their MA Degree in Anthropology, and the zoom-hooding of students completing their doctorate in Anthropology.
University of Virginia's Department of Anthropology to Host International Conference
The Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA) will hold its SALSA XIII Biennial Conference virtually from June 21-June 25 and June 28-July 2, 2021, with the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, as the host institution.
UVa Anthropology professor George Mentore will serve as Conference Organizer.
For more information see the Conference Website or the homepage of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America.
Speaker Series: New Ethnographies of the Middle East and North Africa
This Spring the Department of Anthropology is co-sponsoring (with the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures) a series of virtual talks by authors of recent ethnographic monographs of the Middle East and North Africa. Organized by MESALC Global Studies Professor Tessa Farmer, these talks are scheduled for five Tuesdays (and one Thursday!) this Spring, beginning March 16th. All talks are virtual, scheduled for 2:00-3:15pm, and open to the public. Zoom links will be provided. The following speakers and topics are scheduled:
Tuesday, March 16
- Gökçe Günel, "Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi"
Tuesday, March 23
- Maria Frederika Malmström, "The Streets Are Talking to Me: Affective Fragments in Sisi's Egypt"
Tuesday, March 30
- Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins, "Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine"
Thursday, April 1
- Zainab Saleh, "Return to Ruin: Iraqi Narratives of Exile and Nostalgia"
Tuesday, April 20
- Joanne Randa Nucho, "Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon: Infrastructures, Public Services, and Power"
Tuesday, April 27
- Abdelmajid Hannoum, "Living Tangier: Migration, Race, and Illegality in a Moroccan City"
Graduate Student Third Year Symposium
Each year the Department of Anthropology invites its third-year graduate students to present their proposed dissertation research project ideas to the faculty and Charlottesville community. This year's symposium will take place on Friday, February 26th, from 1:00-3:00pm, via zoom, and will feature the following speakers:
Pandemic Utopias: Queer Friendships and Shared Futures in Manila and San Francisco
Persistent Materialities and Negotiated Histories:
Englishes in a globalized Tibet (the plural is intentional)
Temporalizing Power: The Co-Construction of Religious Communities in A Nigerian Heritage Site