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Upcoming Anthropology Events

Brown Bag Brunch

The Anthropology Department is pleased to continue the 2017-2018 Brown Bag Brunch Series, celebrating the active research agendas of Anthropologists and Anthropology related Faculty around UNCW.  The Brown Bag Series is an informal event meant primarily for students and faculty at UNCW but open to any interested persons.  The talks are generally held in the Anthropology Applied Learning Space (Room 1018) with brunch/light refreshments to be served.

SudanDr. Barbara Michael presents her research, Pastoral Nomadic Migration and Agricultural Integration:  Research Complicated by Conflict

Wednesday February 28th at 11:00am

OS 1018

The project idea is to track pastoral nomadic migration patterns in order to better understand how pastoral nomadism and cropping can be combined into an agricultural system.  The project fits into a long-term research trajectory and combines basic and applied research that could substantially impact the economy of the Sudan.  The dilemma:  research needs to be done in an area that vacillates between peace and war zones.  What is an anthropologist to do when political strife is an obstacle to research? 

Engaging Global Perspectives Lecture Series

The Anthropology Department is pleased to announce another year of the Anthropology Lecture Series.  Thanks to special funding from the College of Arts and Sciences & Alumni sponsors, prominent Anthropologists and Anthropology Scholars will visit UNCW to present their research to students, faculty and members of the public.

Mayan CodexDr. Gabriel Vail presents: Mayan Identity Over Time: From the Post-Classic Codices to Maya Teens Today

Monday, March 19th

Workshop: 10:30am OS 1021

Lecture: 5:00pm CIS 1008

Hieroglyphic texts painted in Maya screenfold books bring to life the rituals, narratives, and prognostications that guided the lives of Maya people over the millennium from the sixth to sixteenth centuries. Yucatec Maya documents from later centuries highlight the struggles faced following the arrival of the Spanish in the early sixteenth century. Through a program coordinated by Dr. Vail of UNC-Chapel Hill, twenty-five students of Maya descent from Morganton, North Carolina and Yucatán, Mexico engaged in archival research to study texts written by Yucatec speakers both before and after the Spanish Conquest. The two groups created traveling exhibits to share what they learned from their research from a factual perspective and in terms of how the materials they consulted led them to a new appreciation of their communal history and heritage.  Additionally, visits to each other’s home states provided an opportunity for them to experience life for Maya people in different places and circumstances. In this presentation, the voices of Maya scribes and diviners from centuries past and the youth of today come together to enrich our understanding of the many different facets of Maya identity over time.

Gabriel Vail

bookDr. Angela Stuesse presents:  Scratching Out A Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South

Monday, April 16th

CH 105

Angela Steusse, a cultural anthropologist at Chapel Hill, will be giving a talk on the evening of Monday April 16 as part of our Anthropology Speakers Series.   She will be discussing her acclaimed recent book "Scratching Out A Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South" (University of California Press 2016).  It deals with  themes of immigration, immigration enforcement, labor organization, and safety and health risks at a poultry processing plant in Mississippi.