Franz Boas founded Columbia University's Department of Anthropology on the eve of the 20th Century, making it the first PhD Program in the United States. Originally founded on the concept of the “four field approach” to the study of human culture and society, the department now focuses its undergraduate and graduate programs on Sociocultural Anthropology and Archaeology. However, the Department continues the Boasian tradition of extended ethnographic research, critical theoretical approaches to contemporary global problems, and language sensitive and historically informed analysis. Faculty research interests span the range of the domains most critical to contempory anthropology, including continental philosophy, law, political anthropology, semiotics and post- semiotics, ecology and ecocriticsm, science and technology studies, critical native studies, aesthetics, affect theory, media (including film, photography, and sound recording), and new media.

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Upcoming off-campus events:


Wednesday, April 22: Claudio Lomnitz gives the "Totality Seminar" at Rutgers University, Center for Cultural Analysis. 1:30pm.

Friday, April 24: Claudio Lomnitz speaks at the UCLA History Department about "Ayotzinapa, Crisis of Representation."

Friday, April 24: Mahmood Mamdani participates in a conversation with Talal Asad, Veena Das and Wael Hallaq about "Religion, Politics and Tradition," at the CUNY Anthropology Colloquium. CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, room C415A. 4:15 pm.

Monday, April 27: Claudio Lomnitz speaks at the Stanford University Anthropology Department about "Michoacán: Crisis of the Family, Crisis of the State."

Thursday May 14: Elizabeth A. Povinelli will deliver a keynote at "EcoMaterialism: Organizing Life and Matter" at the Humanities Collective at the University of California, Irvine.

The Royal Opera House, London announces that it will stage a preview concert performance of Rosalind Morris’s opera, ‘Cities of Salt,’ co-written with Yvette Christianse and composed by Zaid Jabri. Four scenes will be performed on July 22 at the Linbury Theatre: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/cities-of-salt-by-zaid-jabri.