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Past Events

Fall 2017

Psychological & Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

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Our next meeting of the UCSD's Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar. will be on Wednesday, November 15th from 10am-12pm, in SSRB 331. Dr. Paula Saravia will be presenting a paper titled, "No hay drama": Precarity, Medicine, and Gender among mental health and HIV-AIDS patients in Northern Santiago, Chile. Please find the attached flyer with the abstract.

We hope you will join us in the Psychological and Medical Anthropology Lab, SSRB 331, on Wednesday, November 15th from 10am-12pm. 


Global Seminars Information Session: Sex and Health in Southeast Asia | Bangkok, Thailand

Are you interested in the intersection of gender/sexuality and global health from a socio-cultural perspective?  Are you interested in travelling to Thailand this summer while getting academic credit?  Attend one of these information sessions to learn more about this this program.

Thursday, December 7 | 5:00 - 6:30pm | Spiro Library, SSB 269

"Climate Change and Religion" with Thomas J. Csordas and Karma Lekshe Tsomo.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 2:30 - 4:30 PM | Forum at the Price Center (Level 4)

Come and learn about the history of religious thought and practice in the way humans play a role in preserving the earth and the environment. How does religion, in its diverse forms, understand climate change?


"What Muslims and Jews Need from Each Other" by Yossi Klein Halevi.

Thursday, November 2 | 3:00 - 5:00pm | Cross-Cultural Center - Communidad Room

Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co- directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative
Yossi has been active in Middle East reconciliation work, and serves as chairman of Open House, an Arab Israeli-Jewish Israeli center in the town of Ramle, near Tel Aviv. Yossi was one of the founders of the now-defunct Israeli-  Palestinian Media Forum, which brought together Israeli and Palestinian journalists. He was a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem from 2003-2009.
Yossi was born in New York. He has a B.A. in Jewish studies from Brooklyn College and an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University. He moved to Israel in 1982, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Sarah, a landscape designer. They have three children.  Questions: jewishstudies@cloud.ucsd.edu.

This event is open to UCSD students only.


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Anthropology Department Colloquium

Monday, October 30 | 3:00 pm | Social Sciences Building, Dean's Conference Room

Speaker: Sara Ayers-Rigsby, MA, RPA Director, Southeast/Southwest Regions, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Florida Atlantic University

On the Front Lines-Sea Level Rise and Archaeology

With 3 feet of sea level rise, over 16,000 cultural sites in Florida will be destroyed. How do we document these sites before they are gone? What are the best steps we can take to engage the local community? In this talk, we will explore the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s citizen science initiative, Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS) Florida, as well as practical approaches to engage local leaders in this important issue. A major success story in southeast Florida was the inclusion of archaeological resources in the Southeast Regional Climate Compact, a four county agreement between Palm Beach County, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties that details recommendations to cope with climate change in these counties.Resiliency is also a social justice issue—natural disasters such as hurricanes like Harvey and Irma illustrate how marginalized communities suffer disproportionately. Additionally, too often cultural heritage is overlooked in resiliency discussions, but it is a critical part of helping communities engage with the space around them. Pride in historic sites and local archaeological should be accessible to everyone. Although destructive, natural disasters can also galvanize the local community to protect cemeteries or submerged resources under threat that they may not have been previously aware of. In this discussion we will use examples from various communities throughout Florida, such as the fishing village of Matlacha, and recent events to illustrate the need for people to get involved in protecting coastal heritage.


Dr. Hanna Garth

Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Our next meeting of the UCSD's Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar will be on Wednesday October 25th, from 10:00 am -12:00 pm, in SSRB 331. Professor Hanna Garth will be presenting a chapter of her upcoming book project titled, "Shifting Subjectivities" in Contemporary Santiago de Cuba.

We hope you will join us in the the Psychological and Medical Anthropology Lab, SSRB 331, on Wednesday, October 25th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm!


Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series: Introductory Meeting

Please join us for the first 2017-2018 meeting of the Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar.  We will cover introductions and share updates from the summer and plans for the academic year.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. | Psychological -Medical Anthropology Lab (SSRB 331)

2016 - 2017

Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Yahalom

June 5, 2017 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)


Ethics, Religion, and Climate Change: Relating Local Moral Frameworks to Global Science & Religion

June 2nd, 2017 | SSB 107 | 10 - 3:30 p.m.


CAW Critical Anthropology Workshop

May 23, 2017 | 4 - 6 p.m.

We will discuss new work from Dr. Rihan Yeh, U Chicago 2009, a US-Mex alumna, now at the Universidad de Michoacán, Mexico. Rihan is spending time in SoCal during her sabbatical, and will share some of her work in progress with us. She will followup with a workshop on 'grappling with radical vulnerability' - a key concept she offers in her 2014 book, Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms Across Scholarship and Activism and further developed in Hungry Translations.

This will be co-sponsored by CAW and SED the Studio for Ethnographic Design. This will be a more informal venue where faculty and students can discuss the challenges of ethnography and writing.


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Annual Honor's Thesis Presentations and Awards Ceremony

May 22, 2017 | 4 - 6 p.m. | SSB 107

At the end of each academic year, we showcase our undergraduate student achievements, including Honors Thesis Presentations, recognition of academic achievements by our graduating majors, recognition of activities by the AnthroClub, activities by the Ambassadors of Anthropology, awards to outstanding graduating seniors, and a special salute from alumni. 

Missed it?  Watch the video of the event here!


CAW Critical Anthropology Workshop

May 22, 2017 | 1 - 3 p.m. | Dolores Huerta Room, Old Student Center

We will discuss new work from Dr. Rihan Yeh, U Chicago 2009, a US-Mex alumna, now at the Universidad de Michoacán, Mexico. Rihan is spending time in SoCal during her sabbatical, and will share some of her work in progress with us. She will be giving a public talk based on her new book-in-progress, Hungry Translations: Telling Stories, Disrupting 'the Social,' Relearning the World, which she is writing in collaborative journeys with members of the Sangtin movement and Parakh theatre. The book looks at questions of storytelling as an ethical responsibility that must do justice to the epistemic energy of those whose knowledges we stand on, but whose intellectual labors often remain invisible in the academy. This will be co-sponsored by the International Institute, the Anthropology Department, and the South Asia Initiative.


Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Salih Can Ackisoz

May 22, 2017 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)


 Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Jacqueline Leckie

May 11, 2017 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)


CAW Critical Anthropology Workshop

April 11, 2017 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. | Sequoyah Hall, Room 201

We will meet to discuss one short article, Nitzan Shoshan’s Cultural Anthropology piece: Managing Hate: Political Delinquency and Affective Governance in Germany.  


Graduate Student Seminar: "How to Write an IRB Proposal"

April 11, 2017 | 4 - 5:30 p.m. | SSB 107

The International Institute invites you to a workshop to help guide you through the difficult process of applying for an IRB/Human Subject applications. Guest speakers will be Patrick Patterson, Associate Professor of History, and Chair, Committee on Research Grants, General Campus Lorena Almeida, HRPP Human Research Protection Program.

Subjects to be covered: * When is IRB review required? * Protecting human subjects: rules, requirements, procedures * Approval for social science methods: what's easier than you might think, and what's harder than you might think * Ways to make the IRB process smoother and faster * International issues: special problems and concerns for work abroad * The nuts and bolts of putting together an IRB submission.

For more information, please contact UC San Diego International Institute Director, Nancy Postero.


Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Angel Martinez Hernandez

Behind the Times: Work, Neoliberal Futures, and the Politics of Chronic Disease in San Francisco's Transit System

April 3, 2017 | 11 - 1 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)


Digital Cultural Heritage in Greece & Beyond

March 27, 2017 | 5 - 7 p.m. | Atkinson Hall


Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Mark Fleming

Behind the Times: Work, Neoliberal Futures, and the Politics of Chronic Disease in San Francisco's Transit System

March 21, 2017 | 12 - 2 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)


Job Talk: "Clutter: Unpacking the Stuff of Business Innovation"

Speaker: Dr. Eitan Wilf

March 20, 2017 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | SSB 107


Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Arnaud Dubois

March 14, 2017 | 12 - 2 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)


Identities are Changeable: A Conversation with Miguel Zenón

In his mixed-media project "Identities are Changeable" (Miel Music, 2014), jazz saxophonist Miguel Zenón explored Puerto Rican identity in New York through interviews and music. Here he will present this work and discuss tradition and innovation in identity, language, and music with Ana Celia Zentella (Ethnic Studies, UCSD), Kamau Kenyatta (Music, UCSD), and Sandro Duranti (Anthropology, UCLA).

Grammy nominee, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow, member of the SF Jazz Collective, Miguel Zenón was born and raised in Puerto Rico. The Miguel Zenón Quartet will perform in concert at The Loft on Feb. 22 at 8 pm.

This workshop is free and open to the public. For further information, contact kwoolard@ucsd.edu.


Psychological and Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Leticia Medeiros

February 14, 2017 | 12 - 2 p.m. | Psych-Med Lab (SSRB 331)


Linguistic Anthropology Lab

Speaker: Lina Hou, Postdoctoral Student, University of California, San Diego

"Language ideologies about the uses of an emerging sign language in the San Juan Quiahije Chatino municipality"

December 5, 2016 | 12:30 - 2 p.m. | Linguistic Anthropology Lab (SSRB 340)

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Annual Honor's Thesis Presentations and Awards Ceremony

May 130, 2014 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | SSB 107

At the end of each academic year, we showcase our undergraduate student achievements, including Honors Thesis Presentations, recognition of academic achievements by our graduating majors, recognition of activities by the AnthroClub, activities by the Ambassadors of Anthropology, awards to outstanding graduating seniors, and a special salute from alumni.