My research examines how Sikh women who survived the anti-Sikh massacre in 1984 in Delhi, India, cope with the long-term legacies of violence and trauma amid the backdrop of the urban space of the city. I argue that Sikh widows cope with long-term trauma by creating new forms of sociality and memory through their everyday lives and religious practices in the Widow Colony. The memory of the 1984 violence figures heavily among the Sikh diaspora. Thus, I also explore the relationship between the Widow Colony and Sikhs in the transnational arena.
This paper will present and discuss some of the oral narratives of Maya speaking residents of Santa Elena that touch on archaeological sites as material remains of past societies and the perceived relationship between these sites and the cultural landscape. The land surrounding Santa Elena is often described as having suprasensible or aesthetic qualities and archaeological sites are thought to be inhabited by non-human but active entities (including the pixan). As part of these narratives, archaeological sites play a significant role in the intangible cultural heritage of the area.
Resource relationships in the Fraser River watershed: A stable isotope analysis of prehistoric human foodways, mobility, and human-ecological interactions Interactions between resources and ecologies in British Columbia have been sustained over millennia through the active management of terrestrial, marine, and riverine resources as well as through relationships existing between human and non-human environmental counterparts. Through […]
The transition to agriculture is one of the most important developments in human history. However, in spite of more than 100 years of research on the “agriculture revolution” we do not yet fully understand this process. North China is one of the primary centers of independent agricultural development, and the Fuxin project is an attempt to locate pre-agricultural and early agricultural sites in this region, chart the development of human society and understand the economic adaptation of prehistoric communities. It is a multi-scalar effort drawing on regional, community, and even household level analysis, and the project is also interdisciplinary. Speaker Gideon Shelach-Lavi is the Louis Freiberg Professor of East Asian Studies and the director of the Institute of Asian and African studies at Hebrew University. He is an archaeologist specialized in the Neolithic and Bronze Age of north China.
To what extent do modern Westerners imagine animals as spiritual beings? How do they view animals’ interiority compared with their own? Sabina Magliocco explores these theories in the first colloquium of our 2017-18 season.
How often is eroticism linked with Christianity in contemporary North America? Drawing from five years of ethnographic fieldwork, Dr. Pryce discusses the roles of Bridal Mysticism, ritual, and pluralism in contesting long-established doctrines of religious institutions, while also exploring practitioners’ deliberate cultivation of communitas as an agent of perceptual and social change.
Restitution of African art and artefacts to contemporary African countries, has been a permanent unhidden agenda for post independences African leaders. In this presentation, Dr. Porto explore immediate consequences of the approach to repatriation as business.
This talk describes the current context in which anthropology is used by various parties in conflicts related to resource extraction and Indigenous rights and title, and discusses the tensions faced by practitioners at a time when both Canada and the discipline of anthropology are grappling with their colonial roots.
This presentation will highlight the emerging role of epigenetic modifications at the interface between environments and the genome. Drawing on a large interdisciplinary research network of human population studies with partners from child development, psychology, psychiatry, and epidemiology, Dr. Kobor will discuss how early life adversities such as poverty and family stress can ”get under the skin” to affect health and behaviour across the lifespan. Rooted in the developmental origins of health and disease concept, this presentation provides a new perspective on the nature versus nurture debate.