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The Cousin Marriage Debate and the World of Science and Medicine in 19th-Century America

Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology: Research Training at the Smithsonian

Museum collections are being rediscovered as a potential source of anthropological data, relevant to topics as diverse as exchange theory, visual anthropology, and indigenous history. The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) was created to build methodological bridges between theory and things, a gap that many university programs cannot address.

How to Win at Cards: Hints and Tips from the New Guinea Highlands

In the Highland town of Goroka, gambling capital of Papua New Guinea, knowing how to play is second nature. There is no shortage of card games, yet two dominate the landscape, the most longstanding of which (kwin) I discuss in this paper. Gambling as a practice is of colonial origin, but the games are indigenous forms; I attempt to unravel one game’s intricacies and through it how Gorokan ideas play out every day on the street corner. I do this the only way of really knowing a game: exploring the attributes and attitudes required for victory.

Twiga Stars: Tanzania's Soccer Sisters

Minor Hall 125. Sponsored by the Anthropology Department and Carter-Woodson Institute.

Dissertation Defense: Marginal Centers: The Culture of Local Politics in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia

Talk on the Turn: Sciences and Religion. “The Animist Turn with Reference to the Soul”


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This is an invitation to people living in Charlottesville and in the academic community who are interested in talking about deep living spirituality, mysticism, religion, and the contemplatives. This is conversations of religious groups in the style of the Impact Movement.

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

Dissertation Proposal: Defining Susquehannock: People and Ceramics in the Lower Susquehanna River Valley, AD 1575 to 1690


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