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We offer innovative MA and PhD programs in Sociocultural anthropology, Archaeology and Bioarchaeology, and Archaeological Sciences. Read more HERE. Note: The Department of Anthropology affirms and abides by the Vermillion Accord on Human Remains. For more information, click HERE.

News and Announcements

Incoming Grad Open House

Those who have been admitted into our program for the 2013-14 academic year are invited to join us on Wednesday, June 12th for our Open House. This session will provide information, funding letters, and a chance to speak with advisors. Anthro Faculty and current students are also welcomed. Registration required by June 10th:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TYRSM3T.

CASCA 2013

The 2013 Annual Conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society/Société Canadienne Anthropologie will be held from May 8-11, 2013, on the beautiful campus of the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C. Full information and conference details can be found HERE.

John Gehman Lecture 2013

Lindsay Dubois, a sociocultural anthropologist from Dalhousie, will be giving the annual Gehman lecture (this lecture series was established in honour of our long-time colleague John Gehman, who died a few years ago). Her lecture is entitled "Angry Old Men and Women: Argentina's Activist Pensioners". Some of you may be familiar with Lindsay's earlier work, especially her book The Politics of the Past in an Argentine Working Class Neighbourhood, which deals with the politics of remembering about and around the Dirty War. The talk will be held in SSC 5220 on Thursday January 17th, at 2.30pm. Details are available HERE.

Doctoral Student Wins Award

Please join us in congratulating Anthro PhD student Ian Puppe who has just been awarded The Helen Hornbeck Tanner Student Conference Paper Award for the Best Student Paper at this year's Ethnohistory Conference. His winning paper is entitled "No Home on the Range: Ruin, Reclamation, and Revitalization in Algonquin Provincial Park." This is a huge achievement and well deserved!

Anthropology Graduate Program Open House

Prospective applicants to our graduate programs are invited to attend an Open House on Friday, November 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Please join us for coffee, a tour of the department and an information and Q&A session about our graduate programs. For directions and information on visiting our campus click HERE. Please let us know if you will be attending by registering (FREE) by November 21st @ 4pm HERE.

Apply to Anthropology Graduate Programs

The 2014-15 online application system will be open for applications starting October 4th. Please click the button below to apply. Application deadline is Jan. 15, 2014.




Graduate Scholarship Applications for 2013-2014

As we head into the scholarship season, it is important to watch for department and agency deadlines and instructions. For information, instructions, and deadlines, please click HERE.

Dr. Spence Honoured

The latest issue of the Cambridge University Press Journal Ancient Mesoamerica (July 2012; Volume 23, pages 1-7) provides an autobiographical sketch of Professor Emeritus Michael W. Spence entitled “Finding a Balance”. The sketch details his career and many contributions to Mesoamerican (and Ontario!) archaeology. Mike is only the fourth Mesoamerican archaeologist to be honoured for their career contributions in this way in that journal.

Recent Faculty Book Publications

Anthropology department members have been very busy on the research front. In addition to journals, book chapters and other shorter works, over half the full-time faculty have been involved in producing books and monographs that have recently appeared or are forthcoming this fall. The books run the gamut of all areas of anthropology from sociocultural to archaeology to linguistics to bioarchaeology and include some reissues of classic works. Information about them, including weblinks, can be found by clicking [HERE].

In the News!

Two news stories about the project that Namir Ahmed (MA candidate) is leading at the Sustainable Archaeology Facility. They call it the Sustainable Archaeology Animation Unit, for the past summer they've been digitizing artifacts and visualizing Southern Ontario history via CG recreations and interactive environments. Michael Carter and Jenn Morgan, Phd candidates at Western and of course Neal Ferris were instrumental in setting this up.

Link to the CTV story

Link to the LFP Story

Anthropology Student wins Vanier Award

Mariacarmen Vega, Bioarchaeology PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology is one of eight Western graduate students have been named recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canada’s most prestigious scholarship for doctoral students. She will use the scholarship to support her research in a project entitled: A history of violence: 3000 years of interpersonal and intergroup conflicts from the Late Pre-ceramic to Republican times in the Peruvian Andes: A bioarchaeological perspective. For more information about his award and project click [HERE].

Pecha Kucha award at CASCA 2012

Jonathan Giles (MA Candidate) was given an award for the best Pecha Kucha presentation in the panel that he had participated in. The title of his talk was "Moral Crises in Fieldwork - The role of geopolitics in the formation of anthropological perspectives". The content of his talk discussed his fieldwork in Tanzania as an undergraduate and the ways in which his experiences and the data he collected gradually undermined the moral framework he had mobilized to undertake that project. In the presentation he discussed what he learned about fieldwork and anthropology through that experience.

Primate Research 2012

For more information about Caleigh Farrell's MA research at the Toronto Zoo, click HERE.

Africa Institute 2012

Congratulations go out to three of our PhD candidates: Dina Najjar, Megan Lowthers, and Candie Thomas who have been awarded the 2012 Africa Institute Student Mobility Award.

John Gehman Lecture 2012

Jane C. Hill,  Regent's Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Arizona will present two lectures, including the 3rd John Gehman Lecture. Professor Hill has made important contributions to the study of Native North American languages, historical linguistics, language endangerment and revitalization, language ideologies, and the sociopolitical contexts of multilingualism. Her 2009 book, "The Everyday Language of White Racism," explores the construction of identity and ideology in white racist discourse. More information can be found HERE.

Help Improve the Department Library

Library and Information Science students Kate Shore (kshore4@uwo.ca) and William Klie (wklie@uwo.ca) are looking for feedback about the Anthropology department library. Do you use the space? Why or Why not? How? What would you like to see changed? Any and all feedback is welcome. For those interested in an informal focus-group roundtable discussion, please contact Kate or Will at the above addresses.

Congratulations Matt

Matthew Beaudoin was the 2012 recipient of the Society for Historical Archaeology's Student Paper Prize at this year's annual conference, held January 4-8, in Baltimore. This year's competition had a record number of applicants. According to the SHA, "the prize is awarded to a student, or students, whose written version of a conference paper is judged superior in the areas of originality, research merit, clarity of presentation, professionalism, and of potential relevance to a considerable segment of the archaeological community." As part of his prize, Matthew received over $1400 worth of books/titles, as well as a letter of recommendation from the SHA President.

Scholarship Season

It's the time of year where students are applying for External Scholarships in Graduate Programs. Please click HERE for information on NSERC, OGS, and SSHRC competitions. Department deadlines are listed HERE.