UofL Department of Anthropology News & Events
Climate Justice & Just Transition citizen movements: From fighting extreme extraction to building deep democracy
The Anthropology Department is sponsoring a guest lecture by Dr. Betsy Taylor on November 3rd, at 4pm in Shumaker Room 139.
Dr. Taylor's Bio:
Betsy Taylor is a cultural anthropologist whose primary fieldwork has been in Central Appalachia and Northeast India. Her current research is on emerging forms of civil society, community-based natural resource management and place-based planning. Her scholarly writings engage questions of environmental imaginaries and identities, the construction of identity, the constitution of public space, participatory action research and public involvement strategies. She is Executive Director of the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN) and Senior Research Scientist in Appalachian Studies, Virginia Tech. She is currently working on various projects for post-coal economic transition in Central Appalachia, and has worked in many action projects for community-driven, integrated development in Appalachia and South Asia – including health, agriculture, forestry, culture and environmental stewardship. She is on the national steering committee of the US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and is co-author (with Herbert Reid) of Recovering the Commons: Democracy, Place, and Global Justice, (University of Illinois Press, 2010). For more, go to: http://vt.academia.edu/BetsyTaylor.
Our global energy systems are in a period of turbulence when it is important to prepare for a dramatically different future while keeping a clear-eyed understanding of the lessons that history can teach us. This talk begins with a rapid look at the past decade of citizen movements against fossil fuel extraction around the globe (especially highly destructive new technologies of mountaintop removal coal mining, fracking, and tar sands oil). We will look at recent assessments of the economic impact of citizen resistance on corporate profits when pipelines or extraction are halted or delayed. In the past fifteen years, remarkable alliances have been built among the frontline communities that Naomi Klein and others call “Blockadia” – the diverse, place-based resistance movements to what many call “extreme extraction” as conventional reserves of oil, gas, and coal are depleted. This talk will build a ‘power map’ of successes, barriers, and new alliances. We will examine the Alliance for Appalachia in depth to understand its deepening and widening alliances with environmental justice movements in Indigenous communities and other regions that have been ‘sacrifice zones’ in the global energy system.
The explosion of “Blockadia” in the past decade has been remarkably effective, considering that it has primarily arisen in economically and politically marginalized communities. Grassroots environmental justice movements are increasingly working with much better resourced movements for post-carbon economic transition and climate remediation. We will attempt a power map of emerging challenges and opportunities in efforts to build a broad coalition of regenerative projects against the political currents of neoliberal capitalist regimes that are drivers of climate disruption.
The Adelphi University, Department of Anthropology welcomes applications from students interested in archaeology or related disciplines to join our 2016 summer field school in Alaska. Research will focus on the newly discovered Holzman site along Shaw Creek where large mammal bones, mammoth ivory fragments, and stone tools have been found dating back to the end of the last Ice Age. Join our research team in the scenic Tanana Valley as we investigate the question, who were the First Alaskans?
Taught by experienced faculty with student-instructor ratios among the lowest available (3:1), this program emphasizes a wide range of experiential learning opportunities. For more information about the Adelphi in Alaska Archaeological Field School please see the attached flyer and visit the website. http://anthropology.adelphi.edu/explore/field-research-and-study-abroad/.
The 18th Field School in Mortuary Archaeology which will be held in Drawsko, Poland, in summer 2016, is now accepting student applications. Students interested in excavating human skeletal remains may be interested in this opportunity.
The early modern skeletal cemetery at Drawsko, Poland (16th -17th centuries AD) provides a unique opportunity for students to practice bioarchaeology by learning archaeological excavation techniques and working with human osteological material. To date more than 250 inhumations have been excavated, and the skeletal collection includes various evidence of traumatic injury, infectious, degenerative and genetic disease, nutritional deficiency, as well as atypical lesions that have yet to be identified. Every archaeological season in Drawsko brings discoveries of unusual burials containing the dead with iron sickles running across their necks.
At the site students are allowed to excavate and document burials by themselves getting hands-on experience. The professional supervision is provided by the international team of instructors from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, State University of New York, Oneonta, USA, The Memorial University of Newfoundland , Canada, University of Nevada and Slavia Foundation, Lednica, Poland. Excavated bones serve as reference material in osteology courses worth 6 academic credits (ECTS). The language of the Field School is English.
Questions should be directed to:
Dr. Marek Polcyn
Slavia Project Co-ordinator
First Piasts Museum
62-261 Lednogora, Poland
tel.: + 48614274968
The 2015 Arts and Sciences Student Council Art Show will be held on October 21st from 11:00AM-3:00PM in the Red Barn. The prizes will be an iPad mini and four Kindle Fires. There are four categories that students can enter: drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture/3D.
All applications are accepted and are due on October 16th!
Students are free to attend the event even if they have not submitted artwork. Students are encouraged to attend and cast their votes! FREE Cane’s lunch for everyone who votes!
Thursday, October 15th, ELSB Green Initiatives and SAB are hosting a screening of the documentary The End of The Line, at the Floyd Theater. It documents Kentuckian grass roots activism that successfully shut down the legislation for the Bluegrass Pipeline. The film debut in Louisville is combined with a panel of activists who are featured in the film and food from RAPP, and the Refugee Agriculture Partnership Program in Louisville.
A preview can be seen here https://player.vimeo.com/video/140174825
There is more information on the Facebook event and listed below:
Date: Thursday, October 15
Showings: 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Panel: 6:45 pm
Location: Floyd Theatre, Student Activities Center
UofL has been working to bring food trucks to the Belknap campus. Refer to the flyer for details on trucks and locations starting this week.
The Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice is having an event at UofL this Thursday, October 15th from 6-8pm, Shumaker Research Building Room 139:
'Why Black Lives Matter- Focus on Louisville'
Local leader-activists are the featured speakers and the Muhammad Ali Institute hopes to engage students in learning more about the great work of local community leaders and organizations, as well as participatory action research projects.
A site mapping project at an underwater Mayan island site purported to have served as a sacred ceremonial space involving Dr. John Hale was featured in the July/August 2015 edition of Archaeology Magazine. A copy of the July/August issue of Archaeology magazine containing the article is available in the Anthropology Department at the coffee tables.
Students interested in political economy may find this article intriguing:
The fall 2015 Free Tree Giveaway will take place this Saturday, October 10th, from 4-6pm. A variety of species will be available on a first-come basis at the JCTC downtown campus. For additional details, please refer to the flyer.
The documentary premiere of "Reweaving the web: Amazonian dark earth" and chat with director, Dr. Frederique Apffel Marglin will take place from 4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday the 9th of October at the Chao Auditorium. A short reception will follow the Q&A. All are welcome.
Local communal farming initiative, La Minga, will be hosting their annual Harvest Festival. The Festival will take place on October 25th, from 2-6pm at La Minga. Additional information may be found on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/415760638628354/. Additionally, anyone interested in attending the event is encouraged to contact Anthropology Graduate Student, Tyler Short. Questions about La Minga and on-going graduate research at La Minga may also be directed to Tyler Short.
Three Events with Gustavo Arellano on October 14th, Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program
The Latin American and Latino Studies Program is bringing Gustavo Arellano to UofL for three events on October 14th. Mr. Arellano has worked as a consulting producer with Seth MacFarlan to develop a new TV show 'Bordertown', and will be hosting an advanced screening of one of the episodes. The screening will take place at 12pm in the Shumaker Research Building, Room 139. From 2-3:00pm in the same location, Mr. Arellano will speak about his syndicated column. At 4:30pm in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium, Mr. Arellano will lecture on the impacts of Latinos on southern food ways.
For additional information about any of these events, refer to the Latin American and Latino Studies Program website.
For undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Master's degree in Biomedical Anthropology, Binghamton Univeristy (SUNY) offers a MS in Biomedical Anthropology and is currently accepting applications. To view the current program flyer and additional details, go to this page.
The Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs offers English as a Second Language programs for its workers who are learning English. The program is actively looking for a volunteer ESL teacher for Tuesday nights for the next five weeks. The classes will last from 5:30-7:00 pm. Students with some Spanish language experience may be preferred.
Announcing the 14th season of the Malawi Immersion Seminar, an ethnographic field school supported by the University of Rochester, Department of Anthropology.
ANT 299/499: Malawi Immersion Seminar
Location: Lilongwe/Salima/Ntcheu, Malawi, Africa
Program dates: May 30- June 19, 2016
Please visit our website for complete information:
The Malawi Immersion Seminar is a three-week field school exploring culture, public health, economics, politics, and ecology in Malawi, Africa using the anthropological method. The seminar offers students an immersive and transformative summer experience, providing the chance to engage in independent research. The program provides the necessary language and methodological training for meaningful and productive learning abroad.
NO prior experience in anthropology is required. The field school is appropriate for students from diverse disciplinary approaches and backgrounds. Undergraduate and graduate students from any university and in any major may apply. International students are also welcome
Scholarships are available for undergraduate students from any university.
Application deadline is February 1, 2016.
Applications will be reviewed and admission offered on a rolling basis with an enrollment limit of 15 students.
Field School Highlights Include
- Training and practice in conducting interviews, surveys, and participant observation
- Courses in Chichewa language
- Exploration of the interactions between and the history of the Ngoni and Chewa groups
- Designing and completing both pre-departure background research and an independent ethnographic research project in Malawi
- Homestay in a rural Malawian community
- Hiking in the Great Rift Valley
- Two-day safari at Liwonde National Park
- Working alongside Malawian hosts on rural argoecology projects and in a rural health center
- Seminars with local experts on permaculture, economic decision-making, risk, culture, history, religion, and public health.
Undergraduate students who successfully complete the program will earn 4 hours of course credit (ANT 299) and graduate students earn 3 credits (ANT 499).
Tuition and Program Fees:
Tuition and Program fees total $4,100 and include:
- 4 academic credits
- All lectures and educational activities
- All in-country travel, meals, lodging, and fees
- A two-night safari to Liwonde National Park
- Travel health insurance
- All museum admission fees
- Chichewa language instruction
Tuition does not include airfare.
Further questions regarding course content and details of the program should be sent to the instructor, Joseph Lanning
Congratulations to Anthropology Department graduate student, Melissa Herndon, on her acceptance into the Fall 2015 PLAN Grant Writing Academy. The Grant Writing Academies are competitive, and offer a great opportunity for advanced students to learn the process of preparing and submitting grant funding proposals.
Lambda Alpha (the Anthropology Honor Society) at the University of Louisville is currently accepting new members. To be eligible, students must have:
● completed at least 12 credit hours in anthropology,
● have an anthropology GPA of 3.0 or above, and
● have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
To join this semester, you must submit your membership card and application fee no later than Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 5:00 pm.
If you meet the membership requirements and would like to join, please see Paula Huffman, Lutz Hall 230.
Deadline: Monday, October 26th, 2015
The award is given to anthropology majors who show excellence in their classwork as demonstrated by their GPA, who show promise of continuing their education in anthropology or a related field, who can explain how the proposed international experience advances their education, and who demonstrate financial need. These funds can only be used to support participation in appropriate travel/study abroad programs which offer academic credit. Preference is given to students of junior or senior standing. The link to the application may be found below: