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

Birds of the ancient Nile: Species Identification in Egyptian Animal Mummies using Multi Resolution Computed Tomography and Deep Learning Image Segmentation
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  No seminar
Jan. 26

Student Presentations:

Ibtesum Afrin (Zoom)

Ashley Henry

Required session
Feb. 2 Research Ethics Information Session: Katelyn Harris
Required session for students applying to NMREB for approval
Feb. 9

Student Presentations:

Luis Meléndez Guerrero

Kate Mahoney

Required session

Feb. 16 No seminar


Feb. 23 Reading Week - No seminar
Mar. 1

Student Presentations:

Dima Kassem

Halee Hawkins

Required session
Mar. 8 WAGS/UWOJA Workshop Series (tentative)
All are welcome to attend.
Mar. 15

No seminar

Mar. 22

WAGS/UWOJA Workshop Series (tentative) 

 All are welcome to attend

Mar. 29

Good Friday - No seminar