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Amal Fadlalla, associate professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies, and Afroamerican and African Studies was interviewe...
06/10/2019

Amal Fadlalla, associate professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies, and Afroamerican and African Studies was interviewed by the BBC about the massacre of protesters and activists in Khartoum on Monday.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0005m3x

When Meryl Davis is not on the ice she’s hitting the books, she's in the process of finishing her undergraduate degree...
06/10/2019
Meryl Davis, Olympian and Anthropology Student, Featured on ABC | U-M LSA Anthropology

When Meryl Davis is not on the ice she’s hitting the books, she's in the process of finishing her undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan, her plan is to be done with that this summer.

https://lsa.umich.edu/anthro/news-events/all-news/undergraduate-student-news/meryl-davis--olympian-and-anthropology-student--featured-on-abc.html

"U.S. ice dance Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White talk future plans"

Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Associate Professor Anthropology, and Afroamerican and African Studies, was interviewed by BBC abo...
05/30/2019
Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Associate Professor Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies, Featured on BBC Newsday | U-M LSA Anthropology

Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Associate Professor Anthropology, and Afroamerican and African Studies, was interviewed by BBC about a strike by protesters to pressure the military to return to the negotiation table and expedite the process of forming a civilian government.

https://lsa.umich.edu/anthro/news-events/all-news/faculty/amal-hassan-fadlalla--associate-professor-anthropology-and-afroa.html

Huawei accuses the US of using the strength of an entire nation to target it

"Drawing on insights and examples from scholars from around the world, this volume thinks through the effects of the tra...
05/15/2019
Public Culture Newsletter — May 2019

"Drawing on insights and examples from scholars from around the world, this volume thinks through the effects of the transnational discourses and practices of “diversity” in local, nation-state-based, and global arenas. We begin with the Regents of University of California v. Bakke (1978) and Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) US Supreme Court decisions as a way of grounding our approach."

https://mailchi.mp/8dc691d98732/public-culture-newsletter-march-1615669?e=36257e8f71

This volume is organized around the key themes outlined below. While many of the contributions are relevant to more than one arena, we found the following themes helpful in thinking about the contemporary administration and future of diversity in relation to the articulation of alternative possibili...

Congratulations to Scott Stonington, Helmut F. Stern Faculty Fellow, assistant professor of anthropology, and clinical l...
05/15/2019
Institute for the Humanities names fellows for summer and 2019-20

Congratulations to Scott Stonington, Helmut F. Stern Faculty Fellow, assistant professor of anthropology, and clinical lecturer, internal medicine, Nicholas Caverly, David and Mary Hunting Graduate Fellow, anthropology, and Zehra Hashmi, A. Bartlett Giamatti Graduate Fellow, anthropology and history!

https://record.umich.edu/articles/institute-humanities-names-fellows-summer-and-2019-20

The Institute for the Humanities has awarded fellowships to eight University of Michigan lecturers and tenure-track faculty in the second year of its eight-week summer fellowship program. Also, nine U-M faculty members and nine graduate students have received fellowships to support research projects...

"My address to roboticists would be the same with or without anthropologists in the room, for the reasons that my book i...
05/14/2019
Jennifer Robertson, Professor of Anthropology and History of Art, Featured in CaMP Anthropology | U-M LSA Anthropology

"My address to roboticists would be the same with or without anthropologists in the room, for the reasons that my book is aimed at a broad readership inside and outside of “the academy,” and that—at the risk of appearing immodest—all parties, roboticists and anthropologists included, could benefit from my observations. A key point I make several times in "Robo sapiens japanicus" (RSJ) is that roboticists and anthropologists researching robotics alike must guard against contributing to hyping gee-whiz robots and to exaggerating the virtues (and vices) of artificial intelligence," said Jennifer Robertson, Professor of Anthropology and History of Art.

https://lsa.umich.edu/anthro/news-events/all-news/faculty/jennifer-robertson--professor-of-anthropology-and-history-of-art0.html

"Jennifer Robertson on her new book, Robo sapiens japanicus"

"Psychosocial issues for adolescent and young adult cancer patients in a global context: A forward‐looking approach"ht...
05/14/2019
Nina Jackson Levin, Doctoral Student in Social Work and Anthropology, Writes Article Featured on Wiley Online Library | U-M LSA Anthropology

"Psychosocial issues for adolescent and young adult cancer patients in a global context: A forward‐looking approach"
https://lsa.umich.edu/anthro/news-events/all-news/graduate-student-news/nina-jackson-levin--doctoral-student-in-social-work-and-anthropo.html

"Psychosocial issues for adolescent and young adult cancer patients in a global context: A forward‐looking approach"

05/14/2019
05/10/2019
Congratulations to Sonia Rupcic and Nish*ta Trisal!
05/09/2019
Rackham Graduate School

Congratulations to Sonia Rupcic and Nish*ta Trisal!

Congratulations to Sonia Rupcic and Nish*ta Trisal from University of Michigan Anthropology and Daniel Williford from University of Michigan History Department on receiving Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships!

http://myumi.ch/JDAQP

2019 Anthropology Graduation
05/08/2019

2019 Anthropology Graduation

University of Michigan Anthropology's cover photo
05/08/2019

University of Michigan Anthropology's cover photo

Congratulations to Hannah Thoms on receiving the Terrence McDonald Award!Named for Terrence McDonald, the former Dean of...
05/07/2019
Hannah Thoms Receives Terrence McDonald Award | U-M LSA Anthropology

Congratulations to Hannah Thoms on receiving the Terrence McDonald Award!

Named for Terrence McDonald, the former Dean of LSA and current Director of the Bentley Library, the award was established by Honors alumnus John Rapaport to recognize the finest thesis which made substantial use of archives or museums.
https://lsa.umich.edu/anthro/news-events/all-news/undergraduate-student-news/hannah-thoms-receives-terrence-mcdonald-award.html

Named for Terrence McDonald, the former Dean of LSA and current Director of the Bentley Library, the award was established by Honors alumnus John Rapaport to recognize the finest thesis which made substantial use of archives or museums.

"The Fleetwood diner is one of the oldest establishments on campus, at the same time it is the kind of place that people...
05/06/2019
Student Spotlight: Sofi Ackermand | U-M LSA Anthropology

"The Fleetwood diner is one of the oldest establishments on campus, at the same time it is the kind of place that people either love or hate. Its customer base includes a very broad range of people, everything from students to old couples and blue-collar workers from the area. It has a rich history that I was interested in exploring!"

"The Fleetwood Diner: An ethnography"

https://lsa.umich.edu/anthro/news-events/all-news/undergraduate-student-news/student-spotlight--sofi-ackermand.html

"The Fleetwood Diner: An ethnography"

Stop by the Honors Symposium happening from 4-5:30pm today in 211 West Hall!
05/02/2019

Stop by the Honors Symposium happening from 4-5:30pm today in 211 West Hall!

"My favorite thing about the store was that it served as the central gathering place of a specific culture and community...
05/02/2019
Student Spotlight: Sam Greenberg | U-M LSA Anthropology

"My favorite thing about the store was that it served as the central gathering place of a specific culture and community, not just a place where people came to buy things. Get Your Game On was the place where Magic players from all over the area came together to talk, trade, and play, which enabled exchange between otherwise unrelated groups of players."

"Gathering for Magic at Get Your Game On"

https://lsa.umich.edu/anthro/news-events/all-news/undergraduate-student-news/student-spotlight--sam-greenberg.html

"Gathering for Magic at Get Your Game On"

University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
05/02/2019

University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology

The #UMMAAstaff week continues with the presentation of the person who does all the wonderful illustrations and graphic designs for the UMMAA - John Klausmeyer.

John is the UMMAA Illustrator and Graphic Artist and is
responsible for creating artwork, maps, diagrams for the Museum's in-house publications series, journals, and teaching. He also designs promotional materials like posters, brochures, and assist in website and outreach activities. Another duty is photographing collections for research and archival purposes, and photo-manipulation of existing images.
His favorite part of archaeology-- being able to see the amazing range of artifacts in the collections, in addition to his my co-workers --the staff, the curators, and the students!

We are grateful for everything he does for the UMMAA!

Rackham Graduate School
05/01/2019
Rackham Graduate School

Rackham Graduate School

Erina Baci grew up on the legends of the ancient peoples of the Balkan region. Now, as a doctoral student with University of Michigan Anthropology and the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, she's uncovering the history behind them.

http://myumi.ch/LPb9P

University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
04/30/2019

University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology

We will start #UMMAAstuff week presentations with two really important people of our team - our administrators.

Amy Rundquist the Chief Administrator for Anthropology and Museum of Anthropological Archaeology. She is responsible for the management of the non-instructional operations providing administrative and fiscal support to the department and college and supervising the staff. Amy coordinates the HR processes for faculty and non-instructional staff and manages the department’s budget and facilities planning. Additionally, she provides staff support for the department’s Executive Committee, serves as liaison between the department and College and interprets University and College policies. In 2017 she was the awardee for Robin Sarris Outstanding Supervisor Award.

Amy Winchester, on the other hand, is the Administrative Assistant for the UMMAA team and provides administrative support to facilitate the day to day operations of the Museum, with targeted support for our Director Dr Galaty and Chief Administrator Amy Rundquist. Amy's duties range widely, from coordination of services and resources for curators, students and staff within the Museum and connects them with resources available from the University and College. She serves as a point of contact for outside institutions and the public, manages special projects, coordinate funding requests and some HR appointments, arranges events and meetings, manages facilities access and building issues, etc.
Amy told us that: "As both an Anthropology undergrad (U-M) and an M.B.A. graduate, I have a great appreciation for both worlds and find it intrinsically rewarding to keep things moving administratively so our curators, students and collections managers can focus on their science. My favourite part of archaeology is learning about what our people do - they are so talented in using their training, techniques and methodology to further knowledge about the past!"

A big thank you to our administrators in more than needed. Without them, the UMMAA team will not run as it does!

In the picture: Amy Rundquist receiving her award in 2017

Most people think pirates are criminals who rob innocent victims on the high seas. But LSA anthropologist Jatin Dua says...
04/29/2019
Hijacked | U-M LSA U-M College of LSA

Most people think pirates are criminals who rob innocent victims on the high seas. But LSA anthropologist Jatin Dua says that’s only part of the story. The rest of the tale lies in global trade, British insurance companies, and the idea of protection.

https://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/news-events/all-news/search-news/Hijacked.html

Most people think pirates are criminals who rob innocent victims on the high seas. But LSA anthropologist Jatin Dua says that’s only part of the story. The rest of the tale lies in global trade, British insurance companies, and the idea of protection.

“I was really interested in thinking about how could we understand the systems that are holding soda consumption in pl...
04/25/2019
Anthropologist explores water’s role in Mexico City lives

“I was really interested in thinking about how could we understand the systems that are holding soda consumption in place and making it so that it actually doesn’t make sense to drink water, and how can we do that in a way that isn’t just about blaming people for drinking soda,” Elizabeth Roberts, associate professor of anthropology, said.

https://record.umich.edu/articles/anthropologist-explores-waters-role-mexico-city-lives

As Elizabeth Roberts conducted anthropological research in Mexico City in 2013, she noticed the central role of soda consumption in the area’s public health discussions. Public health officials’ worries about the rates of obesity and soda consumption among the city’s population led to billboar...

Professor John Mitani is back at Ngogo to continue his 25-year long field study of the chimpanzees, featured in James Re...
04/22/2019

Professor John Mitani is back at Ngogo to continue his 25-year long field study of the chimpanzees, featured in James Reed’s Golden Panda award-winning film, Rise of the Warrior Apes.

"On Earth Day, we celebrate the planet, and renew our pledge to protect it and conserve biodiversity. Unfortunately, the Ngogo chimpanzees, while fascinating and charismatic, are not good role models and stewards of the forest they inhabit. During the past few weeks, there have been large crops of fruit available for them to feed upon. What this means is that the chimpanzees don’t have to work very hard to find food. With full bellies and time on their hands, this often results in a “hunting binge,” during which the chimps go on a rampage, searching for, finding, and killing monkeys. Such binges, like the one starting now, are regular occurrences at Ngogo. And due to them, we’ve witnessed a dramatic 80 - 90% drop in the population of red colobus monkeys, the preferred prey of chimpanzees, over the past 25 years at Ngogo.

Chimpanzees are humankind’s closest living relatives. We shared a common ancestor with them 6 - 8 million years ago. Because of this, we are similar to them in many ways. But we are not chimpanzees. Humans have the ability to think about the future, plan ahead, and understand the long-term consequences of our behavior. We live on a fragile planet, one that is experiencing unprecedented changes due to global warming. On this Earth Day, let’s act like humans and not like chimpanzees."

"I like how full it [Dawn Treader] is. I like the variety. Shopping there is strange because the chance of me finding ex...
04/22/2019
Student Spotlight: Kayla Wiggins | U-M LSA Anthropology

"I like how full it [Dawn Treader] is. I like the variety. Shopping there is strange because the chance of me finding exactly what I came in looking for is so small that I’m forced to expand my horizons a little bit each time. Sometimes you need a little push to leave your comfort zone, you know? Now I just grab whatever looks interesting."

https://lsa.umich.edu/anthro/news-events/all-news/undergraduate-student-news/student-spotlight--kayla-wiggins-.html

"Ethnography of Dawn Treader"

"I selected this location because of my own personal interest in exploring the topic of how contemporary identities mani...
04/19/2019
Student Spotlight: Hunter Muirhead | U-M LSA Anthropology

"I selected this location because of my own personal interest in exploring the topic of how contemporary identities manifest into physical spaces, especially that of the contemporary Russian identity. Russia, being a multinational country, intrigues me into knowing how such an identity, composed of many nationalities, is manifested into a singular physical space abroad. New York International was the ideal space to explore this topic given its “cultural” representation and external surrounding Midwestern American urban environment."

https://lsa.umich.edu/anthro/news-events/all-news/undergraduate-student-news/student-spotlight--hunter-muirhead.html

"New York International – Experiencing Community through the Grocery Store"

Amal Hassan Fadlalla, associate professor of anthropology, women’s studies and Afroamerican and African studies, was i...
04/18/2019
Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Anthropology, Interviewed by BBC | U-M LSA Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS)

Amal Hassan Fadlalla, associate professor of anthropology, women’s studies and Afroamerican and African studies, was interviewed about last week’s military takeover in Sudan against authoritarian President Omar al-Bashir, after months of popular protests with citizens demanding a democratic transition.

https://lsa.umich.edu/daas/news-events/all-news/faculty-/amal-hassan-fadlalla--professor-of-afroamerican-and-african-stud.html

Up All Night

Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Anthropology, Featured in BBC Interview"Sudan po...
04/11/2019
Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Anthropology, Featured in BBC Interview | U-M LSA Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS)

Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Anthropology, Featured in BBC Interview

"Sudan police order officers not to intervene in protests"

https://lsa.umich.edu/daas/news-events/all-news/faculty-/amal-hassan-fadlalla--professor-of-afroameriacn-and-african-stud.html

Sudan police order officers not to intervene in protests

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Anthropology focuses on human biological and cultural variation in time and space, with four traditionally recognized sub-fields: - Anthropological archaeology - Biological anthropology - Sociocultural anthropology - Linguistic anthropology The Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan has been and remains a four-field department. We teach, train students, and do research across the four sub-fields and have faculty in each. Our undergraduates and graduate students learn, at the appropriate level, the fundamentals of the four sub-fields, their interactions and links with one another, and their relation to other academic fields.

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