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Lisa Shutt: Food and Meaning in Africa and the Diaspora

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Summer Session 2013: Students Fill Up on Knowledge and African Food Traditions

People in the West African country of Mauritania view heavier women as presenting the ideal of beauty, while considering those with slender frames as bringing shame on their families. Mothers begin force-feeding their daughters as young as 10 years old with cow’s milk and fatty meats.

That seems especially odd in the U.S., where thinness is an important measure of beauty and some adolescent girls go so far as to make themselves sick with anorexia or bulimia to lose weight.

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Simon Bickler, New President of NZ Archaeological Association

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Simon H.Bickler, our 1998 Ph.D. for "Eating stone and dying : archeological survey on Woodlark Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea"," has just been voted in as the President of the New Zealand Archaeological Association for 2013-2014.

The NZAA www.nzarchaeology.org is the main body for archaeology in New Zealand with a membership spanning students, amateurs, researchers, professionals, organizations, businesses and institutions involved or interested in archaeology.

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Eve Danziger New Faculty IATH Fellow

Tuesday, 4 June 2013


IATH is pleased to announce the new Fellows for 2013. Each year IATH offers a two-year Resident Fellowship to a UVA Faculty member, providing office space at the Institute, design and development support, training, technical staff, budget resources, and support for raising additional grants and gifts for the research project. One or more Associate Fellowships are also awarded, and include consulting services on project design and technical issues, equipment loans, and grant assistance.

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Carrie Heitman Tenure-Track Position at the University of Nebraska

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Congratulations to Carrie Heitman who will be starting a tenure-track position at the University of Nebraska in the fall!  Carrie will be affiliated with both the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Digital Humanities.

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Lise Dobrin Granted Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Congratulations to Lise Dobrin, who has been granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology

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Class of 2013: Elliott Oakley Rocks a Hammock in the Amazon

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

From Colbert and Webb to the Amazing Grads, Complete Coverage of U.Va.’s Class of 2013   

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Meg Harrell

Monday, 15 April 2013

The White House just announced that Meg Harrell, who received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology at UVA in 2000, has been appointed to a National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force.
Congratulations, Meg! 


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Erika Brant Awarded a Wenner-Gren

Monday, 15 April 2013

Kudos to Erika Brant who has been awarded a Wenner-Gren grant to support her dissertation research at the site of Sillustani in Peru!

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Eve Danziger Awarded a two-year Fellowship

Friday, 29 March 2013

Kudos to Eve Danziger who was just awarded two-year Fellowship from IATH for her project on Mopan grammar.
A big congratulations to Eve!!

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Robyn Price

Friday, 29 March 2013

Congratulations to Robyn Price, who has accepted a fall 2013 offer of admission to the MA program in Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis.

Our best wishes will go with you Robyn!

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Carolyn Howarter Awarded A Fellowship to the Smithsonian Institute in Museum Anthropology

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Carolyn Howarter received a fellowship to the Smithsonian Institute in Museum Anthropology to work with Polynesian textiles.
Congratulations, Carolyn!

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Lucas Carneiro de Carvalho Awarded Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Lucas Carneiro de Carvalho has been awarded a doctoral dissertation research grant from the National Science Foundation for his fieldwork in the border region between Brazil and Guyana on Makushi people's conceptions of the nation state and their use of shamanic practices to influence it.

Congratulations, Lucas!
We wish you all the best in your continued research!

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David Flood Awarded Predoctoral Grant

Thursday, 17 January 2013

David Flood has been awarded a Predoctoral Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to support his dissertation research on voluntary downward class movement by in-migrating activists and musicians from the northwest in and around Asheville, NC.

Congratulations, David!



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Lydia Wilson Marshall awarded tenure-track position at DePauw University

Friday, 4 January 2013

 Lydia Wilson Marshall, historical archaeologist and recent graduate of our PhD program, has been appointed to a tenure-track position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana beginning fall 2013. She will be the first tenure-track archaeologist at the college, and will build an archaeology program including a lab and field school. She is also initiating new field research in the Lake Malawi region of southern Tanzania, the home of many of the people who were later enslaved in 19th-century coastal Kenya, and who were the subject of her dissertation on fugitive slave communities. Since her PhD in 2011, Lydia was Visiting Scholar in 2011-12 at the Center for Archaeological Investigation, University of Illinois-Carbondale, where she organized and ran a conference on comparative slavery in global perspective. She is producing an edited volume of the papers from that conference.

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For Posterity: News Archive 2006-2007

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

— from Dionisios Kavadias

A well-known fact, this website had a prior life as the creation of Dr. J. David Sapir, who continued to maintain and develop it even after he formally retired from the Department.  As was the case when PCs started making their way into our everyday lives in the 1980s, Dr. Sapir, for long one of the elders of the Department, led the Department into a new age. What follows is a virtual "reprinting" of Dr. Sapir's News and Awards page, with a few digital tweaks for posterity.

Recent Awards:


  • Steve Plog was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in May 2007. He was also elected to the Raven Society at U.Va. He received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant: Chaco Canyon: Building a Digital Research Archive for 2003-2007 (see http://www.chacoarchive.org/), and (with Worthy Martin) an SCED and Institution for Advanced Technology in the Humanities grant, National Park Service for Archaeological Record Integration.
  • Ira Bashkow's 2006 book, The Meaning of Whitemen, won the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing, Society for Humanistic Anthropology, 2007. Ira also got an NEH Fellowship for 2007-08 and a Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellowship for 2007.
  • Lise Dobrin got a NEH Documenting Endangered Languages grant, 2005-2008, and a NEH Fellowship for 2008-2009.
  • George Mentore was elected Life Member...(Read More)


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Joseph Hellweg (2001) Launches Côte d'Ivoire Hot Spot for JSCA

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

— from Fred Damon

*Cultural Anthropology* has just launched its fifth Hot Spot --- Côte d'Ivoire Is Cooling Down? Reflections a Year after the Battle for Abidjan. The collection is guest edited by Joseph Hellweg, 2011 Ph.D. alum, and includes 17 essays. Visit the Hot Spot here.


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Karenne Wood Present American Indian View of Jamestown at International Festival

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

— from Eve Danziger

UVa Anthropology graduate student Karenne Wood recently published an article on "Jamestown’s Cultural Legacies: An American Indian Perspective," presented at the 22nd International poetry festival of Medellin (Colombia) - Tribute to the Spirit of the Aboriginal Peoples. 

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U.Va. Class Looks at Nature to Reveal Our Past and Future

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

— from UVA Today

Archaeology doesn't just live behind glass in museums. Case in point: the research of University of Virginia anthropology lecturer Jack Stoetzel and his summer-school course, "Archaeology of Human Habitat," in which he emphasizes the notion that "we imprint our habitats with our culture" – not just in the past, but every day.

Stoetzel and his students are "looking for ways we have manufactured environments we have occupied" and thus "what it means for ourselves and future selves," since there is a cyclical relationship in the way that "we change something and the act of changing brings about new changes we respond to," said Stoetzel, a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

As an example, Stoetzel said, "If a group of people decided to....(Read more)

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"Reset the relationship with President Sullivan"- Communication from UVA Deans to the BOV

Friday, 22 June 2012

— from Fred Damon

Please see attached the letter from deans of the schools at the University of Virginia, requesting that the BOV reconsider the decision of June 8, 2012, and restore Teresa A. Sullivan to the position of President of the University of Virginia.


TO:          Board of Visitors, University of Virginia 

FROM:    Deans of the Colleges, University of Virginia 

DATE:     June 21, 2012 

RE:          Reinstatement of Teresa Sullivan, PhD
                 as President of the University of Virginia

We, the deans of the Colleges of the University of Virginia, respectfully request that the Board of Visitors (BOV) reconsider their decision of June 8, 2012 and restore Teresa A. Sullivan to the position of President of the University of Virginia. 

The Deans do not make this suggestion lightly. We are aware of both the dedication and responsibility that the BOV has for the University, and the fact that the Board has acted in what they believe are the best interests of the University despite a substantial amount of discord evoked by the decision in the faculty, the student body, and many members of the staff. 

Among the reasons for the BOV’s decision were concern for the fiscal status of the University and more rapid action on fiscal and other issues, such as the role of on-line learning in our educational models and proactive approaches to the demographic changes that will occur in the faculty (retirements, etc.) in the next 5-8 years....


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