Department of Anthropology

Paul W. Friedrich, anthropologist and linguist, 1927-2016

Editor's note: A memorial service for Paul W. Friedrich will be held Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in Bond Chapel Paul W. Friedrich, an anthropologist, linguist and poet whose sweeping scholarship ranged from agrarian reform in Mexico to Russian lyric poetry to ties between Thoreau’s Walden and Hindu scripture, died at his home on Aug. 11. He was 88 years old. Friedrich taught for five decades as a professor at the University of Chicago, while reaching across disciplines, cultures and languages in his...

Ecuador’s Defenders of the Rights of Nature

Thanks to the generous support provided by the Division of the Social Sciences 2015-2016 Research Travel Grant, I was able to conduct an immersive, year-long ethnographic research project in Ecuador for my dissertation titled “Re-Constituting the Nature of the Nation: NGOs, Biodiversity and the Defenders of the Rights of Nature in Ecuador.”

Severing Heads and Social Ties: A Biogeochemistry and Material Culture Approach to Bodies in the Iron Age of Southern France

My work investigates changes to political economy and social structure amongst indigenous societies of the northwest Mediterranean during the course of the Iron Age (ca. 600 to 125 BCE), a period that saw the entanglement of diverse indigenous peoples with various colonizers (Etruscan and Greek, but also Punic and Roman). Ultimately, my goal is to combine isotopic and material culture data in order to examine how various sites' networks of relationality changed over the course of several centuries.

Bio-Cultural Diversity And State-Making On The Himalayan Frontier

I am thankful to the Social Sciences Division of the University of Chicago for the Long-term Research Grant. It has funded nine months of my ethnographic fieldwork on the politics of bio-cultural diversity conservation on India’s north-eastern frontier. From July 2015 to March 2016, the university’s generous grant allowed me to continue my research in Sikkim – a border state of particular ecological and geopolitical significance.

Social Sciences Diploma and Hooding Ceremony

Social Sciences Diploma and Hooding Ceremony

Speaker: Amanda Woodward, Deputy Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences, William S. Gray Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago

Saturday, June 11, at 2:15 p.m., Rockefeller Memorial Chapel          

Division of Social Sciences' candidates that participate in the hooding ceremony need to rent a hood from the University Bookstore.

Exploring Foodways Practices, Conversion, and Identity in Colonial Senegal

The Division of the Social Sciences Short-Term Research Grant supported a preliminary archaeological field season at my dissertation site in Ngazobil, Senegal. My project targets the archaeology and history of the Saint Joseph de Ngazobil Catholic mission, founded by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (known as Spiritans) in the mid-nineteenth century. My research examines the relationship between foodways (the cultivation, production, and consumption of food and drink) and the performance of identity in the context of colonialism and conversion in French West Africa.