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UVa anthropologist George Mentore gives anthropological perspective on the presidential inauguration.

Host Coy Barefoot talks with University of Virginia Anthropologist George Mentore about the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. They explore the way cultural narratives can both unite and divide Americans; how rituals turn individuals into people; how we create, bestow and talk about power; how rationality lost to irrationality in the recent election; and why racism in America is alive and well, especially among some of those who reject it the most.

Cutting-Edge DNA Analysis Adds New Insight to Three Centuries of Pueblo History

Linguist's 'big data' research supports waves of migration into the Americas

Anthropologist Mark Sicoli's 'big data' research supports multidirectional waves of migration into the Americas 

Lise Dobrin featured in LSA's February Member Spotlight

Peter Van Dommelen

Migration has long been a major topic in archaeology and as long as culture history has framed archaeological understandings of material culture and past societies, migrations have been seen as the stuff that (pre)history was made of. With the advent of the New, Processual and Post-Processual archaeologies, archaeological explanations and theoretical interests have shied away from migration, but a lack of interest among contemporary archaeologists does not mean that people in the past did not migrate.

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia affirms its support for the values of cultural diversity, religious freedom, and free speech

Talking about Food: Continuity and Change in Creole Foodways and Language in Dominica

This presentation explores ways in which language and food are intertwined in social life, and how their joint study can give insights into identity construction, nationalism, and cultural and linguistic change over time. It investigates a case study of changing discourses and ideologies about creole foodways and language on the Caribbean island of Dominica, where distinctions between local/non-local and traditional/modern pervade talk about language and food in the home, community, and nation.

American Death, and Being

In the U.S. today, death practices are changing rapidly and creatively. Not only did the cremation rate double between 2000 and 2015, but there has been a proliferation of new things to do with ashes – incorporating them into artificial reefs, making them into synthetic diamonds, or blending them into vinyl records. What do these new styles of death tell us about U.S. cosmology and values? What is the status of the subject/object divide in daily life? What is a ‘person’ before and after death? What does the secular afterlife look like?

Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World


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