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
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.
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.
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.