Anth Colloquia: Decolonizing Climate Knowledge: Expertise, Citizenship, and Technocratic Imagination in the Indian Himalayas

October 8, 2020

  What does living with climate change mean for indigenous populations of the Indian Himalayas? How does local knowledge about the cryosphere (water in its solid form, including the snow cover and glaciers) gained through agropastoral activities contrast with knowledge produced by climate science and how does it contend with state rationality? In Zanskar, addressing […]

Anth Colloquia: Drum Breach: Error Politics, Operational Temporalities, and the U.S. WIPP Nuclear Waste Repository’s Kitty Litter Accident

September 30, 2020

      In 2014 at the WIPP underground repository in New Mexico, a nuclear waste drum mispackaged with organic kitty litter erupted with fire. This ethnographic talk explores a fraught nexus of U.S. Department of Energy technopolitics, performance incentives, labor exploitations, subcontracting arrangements, and workflow accelerations that entangled to trigger the accident.   Vincent […]

Anth Colloquia: Faculty and Grad Roundtable on Research During A Pandemic

September 13, 2020

Roundtable panelists will speak for 5-7 minutes each about the challenges and opportunities of adapting research to the pandemic context, drawing upon their own expertise and experiences over the past several months. The floor will then be open for conversation, moderated by this term’s Anth Colloquium coordinators, Sara Shneiderman and Hugh Gusterson. Speakers: Cailin O’Hern, […]


September 9, 2020

    Photo credit   The UBC Department of Anthropology will be participating in this week’s Scholar Strike Canada on September 9 and 10. Students in UBC Anthropology courses should check with their instructors regarding plans for classes on those dates. We encourage students to participate in the Programme of Digital Teach-Ins organized by Scholar […]

Congratulations on your retirement!

September 8, 2020

    On behalf of the Anthropology Department, thank you for everything you’ve done for the department! We wish you nothing but the very best in your retirement.  

The Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Series

September 6, 2020

  Join our faculty members in discussing the latest departmental updates, book launches, researches, and other related announcements.

3C: Coffee, Cookies, and Conversation!


  WEDNESDAYS | 10:00 – 10:45 AM Come join us for a short mid-morning break with coffee, cookies, and conversation! This is a social event for Anthropology students, faculty and staff at UBC to come together, and discuss current Anthropological happenings.  

Upcoming Events


  The weekly Coffee, Community, and Conversation (3C) hour begins in early September.   This is a social event for Anthropology students, faculty and staff at UBC to come together, enjoy some delicious treats and discuss current Anthropological happenings; Wednesdays at 10:00-10:45 am. starting Wednesday, September 16th.   Stay tuned for the Faculty Brown Bag Lunch […]

Anthropology in the News


        Wade Davis, Rolling Stone magazine’s article, ‘The Unravelling of America’, appeared in Rolling Stone magazine on August 6.  You may read the article here.     ==================================================================== On August 5 the Financial Times wrote on Prof. Hugh Gusterson’s work on student drinking.  You may read the article here.     ==================================================================== Prof. […]

Status of Academic Year 2020-21


  All courses in the Department of Anthropology will be offered only online in Winter terms 1 and 2.  Many courses will be blended, with asynchronous and synchronous delivery.  However, this is subject to change.