João Biehl, Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and Woodrow Wilson School Faculty Associate at Princeton University presents "TRACES-OF-WHAT-ONE-DOES-NOT-KNOW" On the Retellings of a German-Brazilian Fratricide—The 19th Century Mucker [False Saints] War. 

Tuesday, May 08, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Carson L01

Lecture by Liza McAlister

Liza McAlister, Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University, presents: “The Militarization of Prayer and Evangelical Spiritual Warfare in Haiti
At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Kemeny 006.

A network of global evangelicals understands the world to be a spiritual battleground in which they are the chosen warriors in Christ’s army. This talk draws on recent ethnographic fieldwork to look at how American prayer warriors train for the spiritual battlefield.  It describes how Americans engage evangelicals in Haiti to fight against the creole religious tradition called Vodou, which they consider a Satanic enemy. Spiritual warfare theologians and warriors imagine an invisible, more real realm with spiritual entities and legal codes that, once understood, can give a believer access to the same powers as Jesus Christ himself.

Trembling Mountain: a film by Kesang Tseten

Please join the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Film and Media Studies for the screening of Trembling Mountain, by Nepal's renowned film director Kesang Tseten.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center.

Screening followed by a conversation with the filmmaker.

On April 25, 2015, the Himalayan country of Nepal experienced the first of several massive earth-quakes. This 7.8 event left nearly 9,000 people dead and more than 750,000 homes damaged or destroyed. One of the most affected areas was the Langtang Valley, in Rasuwa District. Here, an avalanche struck the community with half the force of an atomic bomb, killing more than 400 people and devastating the centuries-old village of pastoralists and farmers, which is also frequented by foreign trekkers. Kesang Tseten’s intimate film, Trembling Mountain, tells the story of disaster and survival, resilience and rebuilding in Langtang.

SAA 83rd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

Chad Hill (Anthropology, Postdoctoral Scholar), Julie Hruby (Assoc. Prof., Classics), Jesse Casana (Associate Professor of Anthropology), Deborah Nichols (Professor of Anthropology), and Elise Laugier (EEES Graduate Student) were at this year Society for American Archaeology 83rd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC,  from April 11—15, 2018.

Click here for the Meeting full program information



Sienna Craig Named a Guggenheim Fellow

Article published in Dartmouth News on April 10, 2018  by Hannah Silverstein:

Michelle Warren, a professor of comparative literature, Sienna Craig, an associate professor of anthropology, and choreographer John Heginbotham, a lecturer in theater and director of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, have been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, joining a cohort of 175 top scholars and artists selected from nearly 3,000 applicants.

Sienna Craig

“I see the Guggenheim as a recognition of deeply creative scholarship. For me personally, it validates forms of writing and approaches to anthropology that I’ve been working toward my entire career,” says Sienna Craig.

Craig will use the fellowship to complete a book, The Ends of Kinship: Care and Belonging between Nepal and New York City, 1998-2018. This work focuses on the Himalayan region in Nepal where she has worked for the past 20 years.

World Renowned Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Visited Dr. Bauer's Class

On April 5, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble visited “Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalaya” (ANTH 32). The musicians improvised on a boat song of Bengali extraction and discussed how musical cultures blend and inform each other. Like the commodities that were traded on the Silk Road, Yo-Yo Ma explained how musical ideas also spread, with the example of a Bedouin dance tune that migrated from Morocco to Europe in the 15th century, eventually becoming a wildly popular dance – the Serabande – in the French courts, until a composer in Saxony took up the form and reinvented it once again; the world renown cellist then thrilled the class by playing the fourth movement of Bach’s Cello Suite #1.

As part of the course’s theme of experiential learning, Dr. Bauer will take a group of students to NYC at the end of spring term '18 to immerse in the immigrant experience for communities from the Nepal Himalaya.


Quote of the Day - 4/4/2018 Jeremy DeSilva

"In general, scientists have not seen it as their responsibility to have a public presence, and are now paying the price," says the associate professor of anthropology in an opinion piece about how the movie "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" and other films revealed a mistrust of science by the American public.

Read more at: http://dartgo.org/quotedesilva4.

Posted by Dartmouth News, [email protected], on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 for All Students, All Faculty, All Staff

"Q&A with anthropology professor Zaneta Thayer"

"Zaneta M. Thayer ’08 returned to Dartmouth in 2016 after eight years to teach as an assistant professor in Dartmouth’s anthropology department. After graduation, Thayer pursued a Ph.D. in biological anthropology as a presidential fellow at Northwestern University and worked as an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado, Denver from 2014-2016. At Dartmouth, Thayer conducts research in biological anthropology. Her studies examine how early life and prenatal environmental experiences influence biology and health across one’s lifespan." by Alice Zhang | 4/3/18 from The Dartmouth.

Click here to read the full article in The Dartmouth.com


Quote of the Day - 4/2/2018 Chelsey Kivland

“Globally, life expectancy is on the rise and both child and maternal mortality have been halved. Yet climate change threatens to undermine these gains,” Chelsey Kivland, an assistant professor of anthropology, says in The Academic Minute on WAMC.
Read more at: http://dartgo.org/quotekivland.