Remembering Professor Emeritus Kenelm Burridge

May 28, 2019

  The Department of Anthropology is saddened to report the passing of Kenelm Burridge on May 21 at age 97. Kenelm came to UBC in the late 1960s after a distinguished career in Australia, Malaysia, Iraq and Oxford. He was a major figure in the study of millenarianism and a pioneer in what has become […]

Remembering Professor Emeritus, Cyril S. Belshaw

December 10, 2018

The Department of Anthropology remembers Professor Emeritus, Cyril S. Belshaw who was acting head of the Department of Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology at UBC.

UBC Press ‘Memory’ book features members of our Department

October 9, 2018

From October 2018, Memory is available through UBC Press. Co-edited by UBC Anthropology faculty member Mark Turin, Philippe Tortell (Peter Wall Institute) and Margot Young (UBC Law), the collection has contributions from seven UBC Anthropology faculty and community members, including Wade Davis, Nicolla Levell, Andrew Martindale, Sara Shneiderman, Diana Marsh and Laura Osorio Sunnucks. Taking the 100th […]

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Public Scholars Initiative Cohort


Inaugurated in 2015, the UBC Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) is designed to support UBC doctoral students as they strive for purposeful social contribution, produce new and creative forms of scholarship and dissertations, and explore diverse career pathways. Through the PSI, UBC seeks to assist PhD students as they rise to address complex challenges in new, […]

Q&A with Dr. Camilla Speller, new UBC Anthropology professor

October 2, 2018

Dr. Speller, we’re delighted to welcome you to the UBC Anthropology Department. Please can you share with us a little about your career and work to date?   I’m delighted to be at UBC, and really appreciate the Department’s warm welcome. I’m an archaeological scientist at heart, and my research explores how humans have shaped […]

Ethnographic Film Unit to relocate into a purpose-built space

September 23, 2018

Great news for the Department & The Ethnographic Film Unit at UBC. Plans are underway for a new, purpose-built lab for the Film Unit which will release the unit’s current space for student study space.

Remembering Professor Emeritus, Martin G. Silverman

July 13, 2018

  Professor Emeritus, Martin G. Silverman (September 23, 1939 – June 29, 2018)     Martin G. Silverman was born in New York, NY in 1939. After concluding undergraduate studies at Harvard, he went to the Australian National University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1960. Under the supervision of the renown Pacific historian, Harold Maude, […]

Q&A with Alexia Bloch on her new book, Sex, Love, and Migration

June 23, 2018

  Dr. Bloch, congratulations on the publication of your recent book Sex, Love, and Migration: Postsocialism, Modernity, and Intimacy from Istanbul to the Arctic. It covers a wide geographical range, and complex themes. What led you to this project? The idea for this project has its origins in the mid-1990s during my doctoral research on residential […]

New class: ANTH 206, Anthropology of the Supernatural

June 6, 2018

Term 1 TR, 9:30 – 10:45 AM with Professor Magliocco What is the supernatural, and why are we fascinated with it? Where do supernatural beliefs come from? How are supernatural creatures such as witches, vampires, and zombies enjoying a new life in the modern world? These are some of the questions this course will address. […]

Dr. Vinay Kamat and Dr. Andrew Martindale awarded SSHRC Insight Grants in April 2018

April 9, 2018

  The Department of Anthropology extends its congratulations to Dr. Vinay Kamat and Dr. Andrew Martindale, both of whom received SSHRC Insight Awards in March 2018. Please read on to learn more about their research projects.   Vinay Kamat: Contested Landscapes: The Social Complexity of Natural Gas Extraction in a Marine Protected Area in Tanzania […]