The Department is pleased to offer a one-time increase in the funding amount request for the Student Research Award and Student Travel Award. During Spring 2023 only, this amount will be increased from up to $250 per award to up to $500 per award. (Funding expenditures must be completed by June 30, 2023.)
Also, re: previous awardees: Award rules state that a student may only receive one research award and one travel award during their time as an undergraduate. For this semester only, if a student has previously received a research or travel award, they may apply again for up to $250 in any award category.
For this semester, the March 1 deadline has been changed to a rolling deadline. Award applications are available and are currently being accepted. Students who may be submitting applications later in the Spring 2023 semester are encouraged to inquire with Dr. Krueger if funds are available before preparing an application. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.VISIT
Dr. Hernandez (with Dr. Justin Bracken ) recently published an essay in 'Sapiens' entitled “Is war inevitable? Consider the ancient Maya.”
In the essay, “two archaeologists show how investigating tactics, weaponry, and the logistics of battle helps answer questions about social conflict in the human experience.”READ
Dr. Krueger was recently awarded a National Science Foundation-Major Research Instrumentation (NSF-MRI) grant to establish the ChEW (Chicago Experimental Wear) lab. This grant will bring Artificial Resynthesis Technology (ART), a novel chewing simulator developed at the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics, to Loyola University Chicago. This technology, only used for clinical research, will now be used to answer questions about dental wear found in the fossil record, including humans, primates, and other organisms. Currently, seven undergrads (aka “The ChEW Crew”) are working with Dr. Krueger, and she welcomes inquiries about student research involvement.
Dr. Krueger describes her research and the groundbreaking potential of ART in biological anthropology here: READ
2022 Student Award Winners
On Friday, April 29, 2022 the department had its annual year-end celebration, during which awards were presented to graduating seniors. The winners were:
The Chardin Award for outstanding student in all fields of anthropology: Tasia Rusco
Outstanding student in Biological Anthropology: Emily Driehaus
The Father Eugene Buechel, S.J. Award for student who combines anthropology knowledge with work for others: Hannah Maher
Breidenbach Award for Outstanding Student in Cultural Anthropology: Emma Falk
Breidenbach Award for Outstanding Student in Cultural Anthropology: Sana Jeong
Durkheim Award for Outstanding Student in the combined Soc-Anthropology: Rayne Deffenbaugh
Dr. Catherine Nichols named Sujack Master Researcher
On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, Dr. Catherine Nichols was named a Master Researcher as part of the 2022 Sujack Family Faculty Research Excellence Awards. The Sujack Awards constitute the highest academic honors that a faculty member can achieve within the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Nichols, in particular, was named a Master Researcher for her extensive research productivity which included the publication of her book Exchanging Objects: Nineteenth-Century Museum Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution, which was issued by Berghahn Books, one of the premier scholarly publishers in the area of museum studies.
Deportation, Forced Return and Visa Justice
A conversation with youth activists from Mexico City
Dr. Paula Skye Tallman is the feature keynote speaker for the The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership Undergraduate Women's Leadership Award
Emily Driehause lecture on "Sex, Science, and Anthropological Inquiry"
Emily Driehaus, a Senior double major in Anthropology and Multimedia Journalism, is on the move. This month, she gave a guest lecture in the class, "Sex, Science, and Anthropological Inquiry" (ANTH 106), where she is a teaching assistant for Dr. Paula Skye Tallman. Emily based her lecture on a paper she wrote last year for Dr. Kathleen Adams, titled, "Effects of Colonialism and Globalization on the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among LGBTQ+ People and Sex Workers in Southeast Asia". Her presentation aligned perfectly with ANTH 106's content and garnered a thunderous ovation from the class!
Catherine Nichols talks with Anne Fernald and Steve D’Agustino about teaching with the May Weber Ethnographic Study Collection, considering inquiry-driven pedagogy and opportunities to involve students in knowledge creation. You can listen to “Inviting Students In” wherever you get your podcasts. READ
Dr. Paula Tallman Publishes Two Articles on Health and Nutrition in the Amazon
Working in the Peruvian Amazon with then undergraduate student Giuliana Sanchez-Samaniego, new faculty member Dr. Paula Skye Tallman found that indigenous Awajún community members were suffering from a "dual burden" of both under and over-nutrition (Tallman et al., 2021). Giuliana Sanchez-Samaniego took their research one step further by examining what community members were eating. She found that the diversity of traditional Awajún diets has substantially decreased and been replaced with carbohydrate-heavy market foods (Sanchez-Samaniego et al., 2021), potentially explaining the trends they found in dietary health. Giuliana is now pursuing her PhD on cardiovascular health in the Peruvian Andes and continues to work with Dr. Tallman. Dr. Tallman encourages any LUC students interested in these topics to reach out to her (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Dr. Nichols' new book, Exchanging Objects, is based on her research at the Smithsonian Institution.
As an historical account of the exchange of “duplicate specimens” between anthropologists at the Smithsonian Institution and museums, collectors, and schools around the world in the late nineteenth century, this book reveals connections between both well-known museums and little-known local institutions, created through the exchange of museum objects. It explores how anthropologists categorized some objects in their collections as “duplicate specimens,” making them potential candidates for exchange. This historical form of what museum professionals would now call deaccessioning considers the intellectual and technical requirement of classifying objects in museums, and suggests that a deeper understanding of past museum practice can inform mission-driven contemporary museum work. Read the introduction here.
Join us in congratulating Professor Anne Grauer on being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science! This honor is awarded to distinguished scientists for their significant contributions to scientific knowledge. READ MORE
Kathleen Adams was an invited panelist on a recent webinar, “Southeast Asia, Tourism, COVID-19 and Silver Linings.” An American Anth. Association Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group Blog featuring the panel (and link to the 30 minute webinar) can be found here: http://atig.americananthro.org/southeast-asia-tourism-covid-19-and-silver-linings/
Kathleen Adams recently published an article about the intersections between migration and tourism in Indonesia, urging more attention be devoted to local conceptions and experiences of mobility, which do not always align with “Western” dominant binary categories. The article can be found here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14616688.2020.1765010?journalCode=rtxg20
Anthropology Students Diandra Sarr and Sana Leebe win Gilman Scholarships.
Anthro major Diandra Sarr plans to study in Senegal, while Anthro minor Sana Leebe’s program will take her to Jordan, once COVID-related travel restrictions are lifted. Congratulations to both!
The East Asian Textiles project is a collaboration between the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities and the May Weber Ethnographic Study Collection. There will be a virtual launch on Monday, March 30, via Zoom. At 1:30 p.m., Xiaolin Sun, project director and MA student in Digital Humanities, will be speaking about the project and website. Please join us!
Dr. Drake's talk will address concerns around viewing and engaging with human remains at educational institutions like museums and illustrate some of the ways in which the Field Museum is working to navigate and mitigate potential cultural trauma caused by past collection methods. Join us in the IC 4th Floor at 4:00 on Thursday, February 13!
Youth leaders from Mexico and El Salvador will highlight stories of youth engagement and the impact of deportation and violence on young people in Latin America. Join us at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 in IES 123/124!
The new edition of Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz’s first book, an ethnography of undocumented immigrants working in a Chicago-area restaurant, incorporates new interview data, updated policy discussions, and recent theoretical approaches to inequality.
Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz, Catherine Nichols, and Thea Strand attended the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in late November, presenting original research and participating in a variety of events.
The project debuted at the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science. The digital archive of East Asian textiles from the May Weber Collection was developed by Xiaolin Sun, in collaboration with Dr. Catherine Nichols.
Dr. Adams is co-editor of and contributor to a brand-new volume addressing the ethnographic study of tourism, including topics ranging from emergent culture to authenticity to contested sites and beyond.
Ben Penglase’s most recent article is titled “Tubarão and Seu Lázaro’s dog: Spectacular and banal violence in a Brazilian favela.” In it, he re-examines his ethnographic research on violence and insecurity in a favela in Rio de Janeiro.
Kathleen Adams's most recent book, titled *Indonesia: History, Heritage, Culture*, is published by the Association for Asian Studies Press. Click through for links to an author interview with Dr. Adams and an excerpt from the book.
Dr. Nichols presented the paper “Illustrating Anthropological Knowledge: the Exchange and Use of Duplicates Specimens at the US National Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum”. Click through for a link to a podcast of her talk.
The Society for the Anthropology of North America and Society for Urban, National, and Transnational Anthropology held a joint spring conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, co-hosted by SANA President Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz. The meeting featured more than 200 attendees and several dozen local participants.
Congratulations to recent anthropology graduate Marisa LaBella for presenting her research on the devastating effects of federal policies on immigrant communities at the SANA-SUNTA Spring Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Dr. Kristin Krueger recently contributed expert comments to Nova's reporting on the newly identified Homo luzonensis and to National Geographic's coverage of four hominin teeth recently found in Southern China.
Dr. Adams' paper, “Rethinking Power in Upland Indonesia: Spirits and Sacred Statues in an Era of Heritage-Consciousness,” was part of the panel “Rethinking Power in the Southeast Asian Present” at the AAS conference in Denver in March.
Titled "Dental microwear texture analysis of Homo sapiens sapiens: Foragers, farmers, and pastoralists," the paper finds significant differences in dental microwear texture signatures among populations with different diets.
Nichols chronicles exchanges of anthropological museum specimens between Field Museum Curator of Anthropology Paul S. Martin and renowned southwest archaeologist Harold Gladwin.
Upcoming Talk by Dr. Penglase: "Reshaping Rio de Janeiro: Olympic Legacies and Social Inequality in Brazil"
The presentation, based on Dr. Penglase's recent fieldwork in Rio, will take place at 4:15 p.m. on February 13, in Cuneo 002. The event is presented by the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Program, and co-sponsored by the Anthropology Department and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program.
Statz (BA ’05, PhD UWash ’14) launched her first book, Lawyering an Uncertain Cause: Immigration Advocacy and Chinese Youth in the U.S., at the 2018 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.
The article addresses non-standard spellings in rural Norwegians’ digital communication and in local marketing campaigns. It is published in the journal Multilingua as part of a special issue on contemporary language revitalizaiton in Europe.
The Fulbright/Casten Family Foundation Award will allow Mia to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, which is committed to promoting a sustainable and just food economy through the tenets of the Slow Food movement.
Professor Jim Calcagno has developed one of the first online courses available as part of TED’s new Ted Studies series. Dr. Calcagno’s 2013 Evolutionary Anthropology article “What Makes Us Human” served as the inspiration for the course, which features a set of curated talks on evolution from experts such as Jane Goodall.
What’s underneath this grass on Halas Quad, may surprise you: old garbage. Extending across this part of Loyola’s Lake Shore campus is a landfill that contains about 60 tons of trash. Hundreds of artifacts exposed during construction projects have been collected and studied by Anthropology professor Dr. Daniel Amick.