Encounter with Don Felipe: A Distinguished Bonesetter, A National Treasure
During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Dr. Kathryn Oths led a team of anthropology graduates into the Andean highlands of Northern Peru, to investigate medical treatment choice in the peasant hamlet of Chugurpampa. Oths’ initial relationship with this community began over 25 years earlier when it served as her dissertation research site. Back then, it was a highly productive agricultural zone of more than 900 individuals with good average health status. Since then, however, the once peasant community (comunidad campesina) has become private property and fissioned into two communities – Chugurpampa and Victor Julio (N=~600) – though most inhabitants live in Chugurpampa where the school, church, medical post, soccer field, and stores are located. Climate change has affected the availability of herbs for traditional and home remedies, as well as made it increasingly difficult to earn a living, and the nearby, and... read more ❯
Alabama is a Serious Presence at Anthropology Conferences
Alabama Anthropology research was well represented at regional and national conferences this past fall! Armine Goertz, Jolynn. Fragments and Field Notebooks. Franz Boas and the Chehalis Oral Tradition. Paper presentation at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL, Nov. 20-24, 2013. Davis, Jera R. Moundville’s Defining Moment: Plazas, Architecture, and Collective Vision in Polity Formation. Paper presented at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Tampa, FL, Nov. 6-9, 2013. Dengah II, H.J.F. Blessings of the Holy Spirit: How Religious Cultural Consonance Shapes Well-being among Brazilian Pentecostals. Paper presented at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL, Nov. 20-24. Dengah II, H.J.F. Blessings of the Holy Spirit: How Religious Cultural Consonance Shapes Psychological Well-being among Brazilian Pentecostals. Invited lecture given for the Colorado State University Alumni Lecture Series, Fort Collins, CO. DeCaro, Jason, and Warren Wilson. Maternal Mental Health as a Mediator of the Impact Food Insecurity on Child Health... read more ❯
Guys, We're Finally Talking About Monkeys.
Pia Nystrom Pia Nystrom and Pamela Ashmore are university professors, researchers, and best friends. They are also passionate animal lovers. Nystrom and Ashmore both received PhDs in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis where they met as graduate students. Nystrom now lectures across the Atlantic at the University of Sheffield in the UK, while Ashmore is an Anthropology department head at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Though they have lived in different continents since 1994, these two friends managed to write a book for undergraduates on their favorite subject, primates. The Life of Primates (2008) gives the reader an in-depth yet straightforward review of nonhuman primate biology. This includes the social behaviors, environments, and cognitive processes of primates as well as basic physiology. The chapter we’ll be discussing is “The Primate Brain and Complex Behavior.” In this section, Nystrom and Ashmore cover a... read more ❯
Brooke Person Receives Ph.D.
On October 11, 2013, Brooke Persons successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, "Pottery, People, and Place: Examining the Emergence of Political Authority in Late Ceramic Age Cuba." The Graduate School and Department of Anthropology awarded a doctoral degree to Brooke Persons in December 2013. Dr. Persons is now employed as an Instructor at UA, where she is teaching Ancient Latin America and an online introductory course. She is also spearheading the spring TMSE Partnership course, searching for an academic position, and focusing on turning her dissertation into a series of articles. She is pursuing new research projects in the US Virgin Islands, including a project that focuses on the production of stone beads and shell pendants. Dr. Persons is looking forward to a collaborative project that will identify interaction between Cuba and the... read more ❯
Thanks to Our Generous Benefactors!
Gifts to the Department of Anthropology since May of 2013 $10,000 and above DeCaro, Patricia $5,000 and above Mixter, Elizabeth S. $1,000 and above Avery Island Inc. Davis, Vidal Good Hope, Inc. Jones, Lee and Sherry McIlhenny Co. Prospere, Kathy and Robert Rodning, Charles and Mary $500 and above McGehee, Thomas L. Meyers, Allen Moreta, Henry Singer, Anna $100 and above Barnett, Sharon and Jim Crawford, Jessica Lowry, George B., Jr. Singer, Shambie $50 and above Edwards, Jessica read more ❯
Extemporaneous Talks and Other Guest Lectures
On September 24, 2013, we inaugurated a new departmental lecture series entitled "Extemporaneous Talks." The ET series consists of "spur-of-the-moment" talks designed to take advantage of visiting scholars. Our first presenter (ET #1) was Melissa Rosenzweig, a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. The title of her presentation was "Excavations and Research at Ziyaret Tepe, the late Assyrian Capital of Tushan in Southeastern Turkey." Ziyaret Tepe is a Late (Neo-) Assyrian provincial center in the present-day region of southeastern Turkey. Between 900 and 600 BCE Ziyaret Tepe was the site of Tushan, a regional capital of the Assyrian empire that housed provincial governors and garrisoned military units headed north and west into contested territories. The 32 hectare settlement included a city fortification wall, upper and lower towns, and a large administrative complex and granary, which... read more ❯
What if 40/40/20 is really 40/40/40?
The following is a re-blog of a guest post I did for BANDIT (Biological ANthropology Developing Investigators Troop). I think the "Biocultural Systematics" blog is an appropriate venue to repost this because of the interdisciplinary approach we emphasize in our Biocultural Medical Anthropology program at the University of Alabama. My point in this post & in others by my colleagues on this blog, IMO, is that our combined efforts build toward the objective of a more synergistic, mixed-methods program. While not all of the service each of us is asked to do feels like part of that complex whole, hopefully the service we CHOOSE to do (& which we may be warned off of) is, in the long run, worth the further sacrifice of our personal time. One final note before getting on with the show. In a Twitter comment, anthropology blogger Jason Antrosio drew attention to a quote by Randy... read more ❯
Check out our New Video!
Red Forge Productions & the College of Arts & Sciences were kind enough to help us create a great new promotional video that highlights our department strengths! All true!! Please share far & wide!!!! http://vimeo.com/74145997 read more ❯
EXTEMPORANEOUS TALK #3: Dr. James Hall gives Talk on Sol Kimball, the Talladega Study, and Anthropology at UA
As part of our new "Extemporaneous Talks" lecture series, Dr. James Hall from New College gave a talk about a particular history of segregation in Alabama. His talk reviewed a period of UA & Anthropology Department history that resonates to this day but about which we are scarcely aware. Solon Kimball, who received in Ph.D. from Harvard in 1936, was hired at UA as professor & chair in 1948 to inaugurate UA's new dual program in Sociology & Anthropology & sociology. He remained here until 1953, when he moved on to Columbia University's Teachers' College. While at UA, Kimball was instrumental in developing & administering the Talladega Study, which was a study of community morale that led to the establishment of... read more ❯