Western University AntropologyWestern Social Science

Graduate Research Seminar

The Anthropology Graduate Research Seminar takes place on Fridays, 2:30-3:45pm in SSC 2257

Course Aim & Learning Outcomes

This seminar is organized by the Department of Anthropology. All graduate students present their research results in the seminar during the second half of their programs. Time permitting, faculty members and guest speakers may also present papers on their ongoing research in anthropology. This required course does not count for credit but appears as an audit on transcripts.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Be familiar with the current research of colleagues and faculty members.
  • Appreciate the different ways in which anthropology is defined.
  • Have been introduced to new theoretical perspectives and approaches that might be useful in their own research.
  • Recognize what makes for an engaging and effective public presentation.
  • Know how to effectively communicate with colleagues across sub-disciplinary boundaries.

2017-18 Schedule

Date What's On? Who Should Attend?
Fall 2017
Dec. 1 No seminar
Dec. 8 No seminar
Winter 2018
Jan. 5

No seminar


Jan.12 No seminar
Jan. 19

Workshop: OGS Scholarship Applications

Recommended for scholarship applicants
Jan. 26

Student Presentations:

Kara Kelliher: 'We are the Big Six:’ Maasai Perceptions and Organization of Cultural Tourism Initiatives'

Tyler MacIntosh: 'God's Food: Navigating the boundaries of survival and conservation through yams'

Nathan Dawthorne: 'Narratives of Male Sex Work: Negotiating Positionality in a Mid-sized Canadian city'

Required session
Feb. 2

No seminar

Feb. 9

Student Presentations:

Abdulla Majeed

Alex Nelson

Required session
Feb. 16

Information session: Research Ethics

Recommended for all students
Feb. 23

Reading Week: no seminar

Mar. 2

Student Presentations:

Corbin Berger

Katya Valladares

Required session
Mar. 9

Student Presentations:

Nadja Schlote

Rachael Simser

Lauren Gilhooly

Required session
Mar. 16

Gehman Lecture

Jason De Leon - University of Michigan

Students encouraged to attend
Mar. 23

No seminar

Mar. 30

Good Friday - no seminar

Apr. 6

No seminar