Now Accepting Applications for the
Ella Deloria Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Deadline: March 31, 2015
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.

Upcoming off-campus events:

March 26-28: Rosalind Morris to deliver the lecture, “Chronicling Deaths Foretold: Piracy, Deindustrialization and the Testimony of the Corpse in Contemporary South Africa,” as part of the conference entitled ‘Reverberations: Violence Across Time and Space,” at StudioX, Istanbul. Co-organized by the European Research Council and the University of Cambridge.

Monday, March 30: Elizabeth A. Povinelli will lead a workshop on "Geontologies" at the University of Pennsylvania Critical Theory Workshop

Wednesday, April 1: Claudio Lomnitz speaks about the Ayotzinapa disappearances on a panel titled "Mexico at a Crossroads: Political Crisis, Civic Agency and Culture" at Harvard's Mahindra Humanities Center. 10:30 am.

April 2-3: Claudio Lomnitz organizes the "Emergent Forms of Religious Life in Contemporary Mexico" conference, co-sponsored by IRCPL and the Center for Mexican Studies. Buell Hall, Maison Francaise. 10 am- 5 pm.

Monday April 13: Elizabeth A. Povinelli will deliver a keynote at "Cosmologies of the Collective" conference at the University of Notre Dame.

Thursday, April 16: Rosalind Morris joins the 40th anniversary celebrations of the EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), for the conference ‘RÉINVENTIONS PERMANENTES: Les anthropologues du politique aux prises avec leur temps.' She will speak on ethnography in political anthropology.

Friday, April 17: Paige West presents "Can Images Dispossess? Visual Sovereignty and Accumulation by 'The Primitive'" at the CUNY Anthropology Colloquium. CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, room C415A. 4:15 pm.

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.

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: