Faculty News

Recognizing Faculty Authors in the Humanities

"In 2017, faculty in the Arts and Humanities division published books on everything from Bob Dylan’s early song lyrics to the history of sexual science to how migrants are changing Italian culture." Dartmouth News Article on March 12, 2018 by Hannah Silverstein. Click here to read the full article on Dartmouth News

These are the publications from faculty of the Department of Anthropology:

Sergei Kan, Professor of Anthropology and Native American studies: Death in the Early 21st Century: Authority, Innovation, and Mortuary Rites (co-editor) Palgrave

Deborah Nichols, the William J. Bryant 1925 Professor of Anthropology: Rethinking the Aztec Economy (co-editor) University of Arizona Press; and Oxford Handbook of the Aztecs (co-editor) Oxford University Press
(selected by CHOICE as a 2017 Outstanding Academic Title)

Washing Out Trump’s Mouth with Haitian History

A Haitian artist responds to the “shithole” remark.

The day after President Trump referred to Haiti and the continent of Africa as “shithole countries,” Jerry Rosembert Moïse, a prominent Haitian graffiti artist, brought a provocative rejoinder to the insult to life. In a live painting demonstration in Dartmouth College’s Baker Library, he depicted Trump getting a spanking and a history lesson from children of Norwegian, Haitian, and Taino descent: the young teachers enumerated Haiti’s world-historical feats and the price paid for them to the potty-mouthed President.

Click here to read full article at Anthropology News

2017 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Professor of Anthropology Deborah L. Nichols's publication: The Oxford Handbook of Aztecs, edited by Deborah L. Nichols and Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría, has been selected by CHOICE as a 2017 Outstanding Academic Title.

"This comprehensive treatment, and the substantive nature of the 49 contributions, will stand the test of time, particularly in that it spans seven pivotal themes, including archaeology, historical change, landscapes, economic and social relations, provinces, ritual, belief, religion, and the Aztecs after the Conquest. The impressive range and depth of topics addressed is without parallel in Aztec studies, and clearly speaks to how far this critical area of inquiry has advanced in recent years. ... Summing Up: Essential. All academic levels/libraries." --R. G. Mendoza, CHOICE

Sergei Kan is appointed to russian journal Editorial Board

In January 2018, Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies, Prof. Sergei Kan became a member of the Editorial Board of Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie, Russia's leading anthropology journal. This is the first appointment of a foreign anthropologist to the board.  Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie [Ethnographic Review] is one of the oldest Russian academic journals dedicated to the study of peoples and cultures of the world. The journal was founded in 1889 (published as Etnografia in 1926-30; and as Sovetskaia Etnografia in 1931-1991) and is a publication of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Quote of the Day - 01/26/18 Chelsey Kivland

"We believe that leaders must recognize that environmental policy is health policy. Rollbacks of environmental regulations will cause far greater consequences on health, in the U.S. and globally, than any health care bill," write Chelsey Kivland, assistant professor of anthropology, and Anne Sosin, manager of the Dickey Center's Global Health Initiative Program, in an opinion piece.  Read the full article at theconversation.com

* Homepage feature photo:Men in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, collect water on Nov. 11, 2017. Years after Hurricane Matthew nearly devastated Haiti, its vulnerability only increases. Reuters/Martinez Casares

Quoted in the Valley News 11/23/17 - Chelsey Kivland

Chelsey Kivland, an assistant professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College whose research focuses on street politics and violence in Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, expressed deep concerns about Monday’s announcement, “mainly because the effects of the earthquake are not temporary,” she said in phone interview on Thursday. “I do understand that TPS is something that’s not supposed to last forever, but at the same time, it’s supposed to expire when the effects of the disaster have expired, and that is not the case in Haiti. Conditions are such there that the country should continue to qualify for TPS.”

Read the full article in the Valley News.

N.H. archaeologists use drones, heat vision to scope out sites

Drones have made it easier for Dartmouth’s Jesse Casana to do interesting archaeology, including finding things long hidden at the Shaker Village site in Enfield, but there’s a part of him which is just a little bit sorry.

“It feels like cheating a little,” admitted Casana, a professor of archaeology in the school’s department of anthropology.

Besides, he misses the kite. “I got really good at flying the kite.”

Kite? Yes, and balloons, too.

Read the article in the Concord Monitor.

Quote of the Day - 10/12/17 Chelsey Kivland

It is no wonder that populism has become a dirty word for many on the political left. In light of Trump’s rise, populism has come to stand for xenophobes, zealots, and maniacs who reject compromise and pluralism.

Moderate Democrats are right to be suspicious of populism, whether embraced by Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. They may well invoke the dangers of a charismatic leader who claims to give voice to a morally pure, homogenous Volk. Indeed, Trump’s disturbing phrase “the silent majority” and insistence that “the press is the enemy of the people” recall the demagogic rhetoric of Robespierre, Stalin, and Goebbels and confirm every anti-populist prejudice.

But not all populisms are the same.

Read the article at: http://dartgo.org/quotemladekkivland1.

Sharing Our Knowledge: Conference of Tlingit Tribes and Clans

In October 2017, Prof. Sergei Kan presented two papers at the Sharing Our Knowledge: Conference of Tlingit Tribes and Clans. A biannual gathering, which brings together tribal elders, indigenous cultural preservation activists, and the general public (Native and Non-Native) with academic scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, linguistics, art, etc. Kan has been a member of the conference's organizing committee since 2007 and in 2015 published a collection of papers by its participants entitled Sharing Our Knowledge: the Tlingit and Their Coastal Neighbors (University of Nebraska Press).