Graduate Research Seminar

The Anthropology Graduate Research Seminar for 2023-24 will take place on Fridays, 1:30-2:30 in SSC 2257.

Seminar 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. Upon completion of four terms of the seminar, this will be recorded as a milestone on the student's academic record.

Upon successful completion of the seminar, 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.

2023-24 Schedule (Tentative)

Date What's On? Who Should Attend?
Fall 2023
Sept. 8

Department Research in the Spotlight, 1:30pm, SSC 2257

Everyone welcome & encouraged to participate!
Sept. 15 Workshop: SSHRC Doctoral Applications (Applications due Oct 1, 8:00pm, EST) Strongly recommended for students applying for SSHRCD scholarships
Sept. 22 Info Session: Writing Grant Applications (CGSM & OGS) Required session for first-year MA students
Sept. 29

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - No seminar

Oct. 6

Student Presentations:

Ashley Piskor

Investigating Inuvialuit connection to culture and heritage

Emily Henry

Toward Inuvialuit Heritage Data Sovereignty: Current Practices and Paths Forward

Kate Woodley

Disease and Disability Among the Ychsma of Peru (1100-1470AD)

Required session

Please note: This session will run from 1:30-3:00pm.


Oct. 13 No seminar
Oct. 20

Student Presentations:

Phil Woodley

The Middle Woodland Period of Southern Ontario: A Revisionist Perspective from the Christie Site

Matthew Resendes Medeiros

Defiça or Deficiência? Examining changing and contested discourses of disability and inclusion in Southern Brazil

Required session
Oct. 27

No seminar

Nov. 3 Fall Study Break - No seminar
Thu, Nov. 9 Graduate Program Information Session (in-person & online), 2:30 -3:30pm, SSC 3227 Prospective students interested in the Anthropology Graduate Program
Nov. 10

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Jenni Mölkänen, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Eastern Finland

Changing weather, shrinking resources and Christian social relations in rural northeastern Madagascar 

Dr. Amedeo Sghinolfi, Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Western University

Ties that bind, ties that break: Intergroup interactions in the Virú and Carabamba valleys, and the Carabamba Plateau (Northern Peru) during Prehispanic times

Required session

Please note: This session will run from 1:30-3:00pm.

Nov. 17 Workshop: CGSM Scholarship Applications (Applications due Dec.1, 8:00pm, EST) Strongly recommended for students applying for CGSM scholarships
Nov. 24

Student Presentations:

Hana Salahuddin

Diet and Stress in Maternal Reproduction and Infant Feeding Ecology: Stable Isotopes of Amino Acids Reveal Early Childhood Diet

Maris Schneider

Required session
Dec. 1 No seminar
Winter 2024
Jan. 5 No seminar
Jan. 12 Info Session: Term Two Milestones: MA Thesis Proposals & PhD Statements of Interest (due in April/May) Required session for first-year students
Jan. 19 Research Ethics Information Session: Katelyn Harris Required session for students applying to NMREB for approval
Jan. 26

Student Presentations:

Ibtesum Afrin (Zoom)

Homeland on Hold: The Politics of Rohingya Repatriation

Ashley Henry (Zoom)

Chinese Development Projects in Jamaica: An Ethnography of Imperial Formations from the ‘Yaardi’ Perspective 

Required session
Feb. 2 No seminar
Feb. 9

Student Presentations:

Kate Mahoney

Running out of Care: Documenting and Contextualizing Ontario's Nursing Crisis

Luis Meléndez Guerrero

Underworld Politics: The Political Labour of Artisanal Miners in the Peruvian Andes

Required session

Feb. 16 No seminar


Feb. 23 Reading Week - No seminar
Mar. 1

Student Presentations:

Dima Kassem

Aging out of Children's Hospitals - Exploring the Transition Out of Pediatric Care for Youth with Rare Medical Conditions and their Social Support Networks

Halee Hawkins

All Systems Go: Looking at Plural Spaces Online

Required session
Mar. 8

EDID workshop: Anthropology Department as a Kairotic Space:

Pam Block & Tania Granadillo

Required session for first & second-year students, but all students & faculty welcome and encouraged to attend.

Mar. 15

WAGS/UWOJA Workshop Series: The Peer-Review Process:

Lisa Hodgetts

All are welcome to attend.
Mar. 22

Information Session: EDID in Research:

Alexandra Levine

Required session for first & second-year students, but all students & faculty welcome and encouraged to attend.

Mar. 29

Good Friday - No seminar

Tues, Apr. 2

WAGS/UWOJA Workshop Series: How to Write a Journal Article

Greg Beckett

11:30am-12:30pm, SSC 3102

All are welcome to attend.