In late November, Kathleen Adams traveled to Santa Fe to examine materials at the Museum of International Folk Art, photo-documenting a Toraja effigy of the dead as part of a digital repatriation project.
Prof. Ben Penglase, who is teaching in a USAC study-abroad program in Florianópolis, Brazil, took students to an Umbanda religious ceremony at the Ilê de Xangô center, where priests also gave a short talk about the African roots of the Brazilian religions Candomblé and Umbanda.
Drs. Adams, Gomberg-Muñoz, and Penglase participated in the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC, presenting original research and contributing to disciplinary discussions of museums, migration policies, and Olympic legacies.
Abell (BA '17) presented her original paper at the Central States Anthropology Society Annual Meeting in Spring 2017 and was recently honored for submitting the best undergraduate paper at the conference.
Loyola Anthropology was well represented at the 2017 SfAA's. Student sharing original research included Kathleen Lantto, Mia LaRocca, Karina Fierro, Amanda Sorensen, and Alice Thompson. Drs. Adams and Gomberg-Muñoz also presented their work in Santa Fe.
On Monday, April 3, Kathleen Adams will offer a presentation of her on-going research with far-flung Indonesian migrants whose recreational returns to the homeland for international festivals and family rituals entail varied experiences of inclusion and exclusion, as well as re-imaginings of identity and ethnic, religious and national heritage.
Senior Anthropology major Grace Iverson has curated an exhibit of 26 Sumba Textiles, following two years of research in the May Weber Ethnographic Collection. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, March 15, from 4:30-6:00 in Damen.
Anthropology students are taking a hands-on approach to help curate a new LUMA exhibition about Indonesian puppets. “It’s fun because this isn’t something most people really know about,” said Liz Bajjalieh, an anthropology major. “I’m taking this little shadow puppet from a little corner of the world, so an entire other world of people can experience it.” READ MORE
Opening Reception for Wayang: The Art of Indonesian Puppetry
On Friday, Feb. 10, LUMA will host an opening reception for this student-curated exhibit featuring puppets from Loyola's May Weber Ethnographic Collection.
On Feb. 7, Hannah Turner will talk about how objects collected during ethnographic or anthropological research in North American Indigenous communities became scientific tools and sources of evidence in museums.
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.