Charles R. Menzies

Charles Menzies is a professor of social anthropology. His research and teaching interests include the ethnography of Western Europe and Coastal British Columbia, natural resource dependent communities and resource management policies, the political economy of social struggle. Dr. Menzies is also the Director of the Ethnographic Film Unit at UBC. More information can be found on his website. Click here to view the film, The View from Gitxaała.

Professor Menzies’ primary research interests are the production of anthropological films, natural resource management (primarily fisheries related), political economy, contemporary First Nations’ issues, maritime anthropology and the archaeology of north coast BC. He has conducted field research in, and has produced films concerning, north coastal BC, Canada (including archaeological research); Brittany, France; and Donegal, Ireland.

Professor Menzies is a member of Gitxaała Nation on BC’s north coast and an enrolled member of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska. He is one of only a dozen Indigenous faculty in the Faculty of Arts.

His current research project, Laxyuup Gitxaaɫa, combines archaeological and socio-cultural anthropology to document the traditional territory of Gitxaaɫa Nation. Other projects include founding and directing the Ethnographic Film Unit at UBC, establishing an online journal, New Proposals, and acting as the coordinator of an ecological anthropology research group at UBC, Forests and Oceans for the Future.

For detailed and current listing please refer to my researchgate page.

Winter 2017

ANTH100A Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - INTRO CULT ANTH Sections

Basic concepts and methods of anthropology; culture and race; comparative study of social systems, religion, symbolism, art, and other institutions. Examples are drawn from a variety of cultures.

Winter 2017

ANTH329A Contemporary First Nations Issues - CONT 1ST NAT ISS Sections

Anthropological perspectives on contemporary issues of public policy, law, and political activity, as they affect the place of First Nations people in British Columbia and Canada.

Winter 2017

ANTH360 Introduction to Ecological Anthropology Sections

Analysis of the relations between human societies and the ecological aspects of their environment (including technology, society, and ideology). Previously ANTH 460.

Winter 2017

ANTH478A Ethnographic Film Methods - ETHNO FILM METHD Sections

Ethnographic digital video production, including methods of ethnographic fieldwork, creation of field notes, and research design; basics of digital video planning, production, and editing. Production fees are charged for this course. Prerequisite: ANTH 378 is recommended.