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Sherri Lynn Colby-Bottel to Lecture at California State University

— from Eve Danziger

Warmest congratulations to recent Ph.D. graduate Sherri Lynn Colby-Bottel (2012), who has accepted a position as Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Fresno, for 2012-2013.




Dannah Dennis Wins Best Class Essay

— from Eve Danziger

Congratulations to Dannah Dennis, who has won the Department of Anthropology graduate student award for Best Class Essay in 2011-12.

Express Yourself: How to Voice Your Views Over the Teresa Sullivan Firing

— from Fred Damon

The following useful resource was issued by George Cohen, UVA Faculty Senate chair, regarding the controversial ouster of President Teresa Sullivan by the Board of Visitors, led by Rector Helen Dragas. I include it here, in a slightly simplified version from the original, for your benefit and for the benefit of our department and university. 

Please contact ant-web@virginia.edu for any corrections or additions to this posting. 

Ethnocentrism, Virginia Style

— from The Huffington Post

The recent firing of University of Virginia (UVA) President Teresa Sullivan is a classic case of what anthropologists call ethnocentrism. It is a clear example of how ethnocentric thinking produces devastating social, political and educational results.

Most anthropologists say that you are ethnocentric when you use your own set of rules, procedures and beliefs to make judgments about other people who don't share your view of the world. I tell my anthropology students that there are two kinds of ethnocentrism. The first kind, which I like to call "my way or the highway" ethnocentrism, is characterized like....(Read more)

Kath Weston Presents 'The Intimacy of Resources' at Cambridge

The Division of Social Anthropology has pleasure in announcing ‘The Intimacy of Resources’, a three-part public lecture series given by Professor Kath Weston, Wyse visiting professor, supported by a Leverhulme Trust visiting professorship.



Work of Ellen Contini-Morava & Eve Danziger to be Presented at Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium

— from Ellen Contini-Morava

Professor Contini-Morava will present a paper jointly written with Eve Danziger at the Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium, San Ignacio, Belize on June 26.

The paper, "Introducing referents in Mopan Maya", is a preliminary report on the Mopan language project that they have been working on together since 2011, including a brief field trip to Southern Belize last summer. 


Anthropologist's NSF Project Tracks Gun Control in West Africa

— from UVA Today

With al Qaeda and Latin American drug cartels moving into some parts of Africa, small arms control has become a matter of great concern to those involved with security. Anthropologist Niklas Hultin, who taught in the University of Virginia's Global Development Studies program last year, is researching issues concerning gun control in Gambia on the west coast – a gateway for illegal trafficking.

Hultin, who will be a research professor in the College of Arts & SciencesDepartment of Anthropology, has studied human rights, democracy and African legal institutions. He recently received a National Science Foundation grant to return to Gambia to research small arms use in West Africa, international small arms control and anti-transnational crime initiatives, he said. The Isaac Newton Trust at Cambridge University is also contributing funding for his two-year project....(Read more)


Dissertation Proposal: The New Mammoni: Why the cultural perception of Italy’s ‘mama’s boys’ is changing

Lydia Rodriguez Receives 2012-2013 Grant Fellowship in the Digital Humanities

— from Eve Danziger

Congratulations to write-up student Lydia Rodriguez, who has been awarded a 2012-13 Graduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities, in the Scholar's Lab at Alderman Library.

Well done Lydia!




Beth Hart Receives Fellowship from the American Research Center in Egypt

— from Pati Wattenmaker

Congratulations to Beth Hart, who received a fellowship from the American Research Center in Egypt.  The fellowship provides funding for Beth's dissertation research, "Stones and Status in Daily Life: Exploring the Development of Inequities through a Comparison of Lithic Assemblages in Nagada Settlements, 4000-3000 BC."

Great job, Beth!!!


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