Excavation at UNC President’s House

24750_0822_presidents_house_griffin068fBrett Riggs, Anna Agbe-Davies, Vin Steponaitis and others from the Research Laboratories of Archaeology and Department of Anthropology have been involved in a high-profile, rapid response excavation at UNC System President Tom Ross’s house. Among the media coverage are the following reports:


2014 – 2015 Anthropology Colloquium Schedule

The Anthropology Colloquium Committee is very excited to announce our Colloquia for the 2014-2015 academic year. There may be some additional sessions scheduled in the future.  Unless otherwise noted, all colloquia will take place in Alumni Hall 308 from 3:30-5pm. We look forward to many great presentations and discussions.

Sept 8: Lee Baker, Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and African and African American Studies at Duke University

Sept 12: (Saunders Hall 220) Tony Fry Professor of Design, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (co-sponsored with Geography)

Oct 6: Peter Redfield, Professor of Anthropology, UNC-CH

Nov 3: Margie Scarry, Professor of Anthropology, UNC-CH

Dec 1: Ann Grodzins Gold, Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University (co-sponsored with Religious Studies and Art History)

Jan 12: Juliane Müller, Lecturer, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Munich (LMU) Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, UNC-CH

Feb 2: Sasha Newell, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, NC State University

March 2: John Millhauser, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, NC State University

April 6: Steve Corbett, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, UNC-CH

South African Media Takes Notice of Silvia Tomášková’s Work

53e3c6c068480b58891c788dSouth African media took notice of Silvia Tomášková’s research involving 3d Imaging and rock art, leading to a couple of reports on South African National TV (SABC) and in the Afrikaans national newspaper (Volksblad) on site at Wildebeest Kuil, Northern Cape.  She also received an invitation to give a public talk on “Computer Assisted Archaeology” as a part of National Science Week at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa.

Carolina Seminar Award


Jocelyn Chua, Peter Redfield, Michele Rivkin-Fish, and Barry Saunders (of the Department of Social Medicine) have been awarded a Carolina Seminar on Moral Economies of Medicine for three academic years beginning in the Fall of 2014.  For each academic year, they will receive a budget of $3000 for use in the seminar.  Carolina Seminars are created to foster intellectual exchange at UNC and across North Carolina.

AnArchaey Notes, Spring 2013 (Vol. 9)

AnArchaey Notes is the Department of Anthropology’s newsletter, in circulation since 1993. Our Spring 2013 edition was graciously compiled by professor Colin Thor West, and features an interview with former chair Paul Leslie, notes from the field, events, information on a new certificate program, on-going faculty and graduate student research, new faculty biographies, and more.

Click here to view AnArchaey Notes, Vol. 9 »

An archive of older copies of AnArchaey notes may be found here.

UNC-CH Anthropology Offers Certificate in Participatory Research

This spring the Administration approved an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research to be housed in Anthropology. The certificate will certify completion of training in the theoretical bases, rationale, methodologies, challenges, and motivation for carrying out research in equitable partnership with the community that the research is intended to benefit.

Relevant participatory methods, ethical considerations, and research paradigms come from diverse sources across campus, including professional schools such as Public Health and Social Work and the College of Arts and Sciences, especially its humanities and social science departments – anthropology, geography, history, city and regional planning, and sociology. The Certificate program provides faculty mentorship and guidance to help students develop facility with methods for their respective projects, connects graduate students with each other and with faculty and community experts, and establishes forums for discussing, sharing and refining participatory ethics and methodologies. It also aims to provide opportunities for students in all fields to gain experience by linking them to ongoing projects.

UNC-CH has a strong history of community-engaged participatory research, particularly in Public Health. The Department of Anthropology is pleased to play a role in building this tradition. Anthropology professor Dorothy Holland will serve as the first Director of the Certificate Program.

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research →

UNC Anthropologist Karla Slocum will lead Institute of African American Research

Karla Slocum

The new director of the Institute of African American Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be Karla Slocum, Ph.D., an associate professor in anthropology and African and Afro-American studies at the University.

Slocum’s appointment is effective July 1.

Slocum is an anthropologist whose research focuses on globalization, place, rural lifeways, and race and history as they relate to groups within the African diaspora. For the past year, she has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and Resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Continue reading