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: ‘Memory and the Notions of Homeland among Iraqi Exiles in Amman, Jordan’

Alex Nelson: ‘Reflections: A Case Study of Homelessness, Housing Policy, and Gender in Yukon Territory’

Required session
Feb. 16

Information session: Research Ethics

Katelyn Harris, Ethics Officer, Research Western

Recommended for all students
Feb. 23

Reading Week: no seminar

Mar. 2

Student Presentations:

Rachael Simser: 'Moms Who Blog: Advice, Honesty and Motherhood Online'

Katya Valladares: ‘A bioarchaeological approach to social identities in Chan Chan archaeological site, Peru’

Required session
Mar. 9

Student Presentations:

Nadja Schlote: ‘Names as Barriers- Reactions to Microaggressive Treatment of Newcomer Youths' Names’

Corbin Berger: ‘Analyzing Cellar Feature Excavation Methodologies for 19th Century Domestic Archaeological Sites in Ontario, Canada’

Lauren Gilhooly: ‘“There’s bloody monkeys everywhere!”: human-primate interactions at a tourist destination in Sabah, Malaysia’

Required session
Mar. 16

Gehman Lecture

Jason de León - University of Michigan

'Soldiers and Kings: Photoethnographic Practice in the Context of Smuggling across Mexico'

1:00-3:30pm

Students encouraged to attend.

Mar. 23

No seminar

Mar. 30

Good Friday - no seminar

Apr. 6

No seminar