Admission deadline for the PhD program: December 1st 2014
Admission deadline for the MA program: February 16th 2015

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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.

The Department of Anthropology at Columbia University seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow in Theory and Writing for a two year appointment, 2015-17.
Application instructions here.

upcoming off-campus public events:


Sunday, November 2: Rosalind Morris conducts a workshop on 'Contemporary Art and Literature in South Africa,' at the University of York, UK. 1:00-2:00pm
Monday, November 3: Rosalind Morris delivers an invited lecture, entitled “Magic Mountain: The media of messianism and the mark of Marikana in South Africa.” University of York, UK.

Wednesday, November 5th: Elizabeth Povinelli to deliver Keynote at Disorder Conference, Department of Anthropology, Sydney University, 2014,

Saturday, November 8: Claudio Lomnitz to deliver the keynote lecture ""Las salidas del laberinto. Una crítica al pensamiento antropológico de Octavio Paz,” at the Feria Internacional del Libro (Santiago, Chile) as one of Mexico’s contributions on the 100th anniversary of Paz’s birth.


Тuesday, Nov 11th: Michael Taussig and Helene Baril present The Sea Theater, a performance/lecture meditating on the fundamental change in meaning of the sea in our lifetime as the great port cities became playgrounds for the rich and the ships sail to unknown container ports over the horizon as the world sinks. NYU, Department of English, 244 Greene St. 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday, November 12: Claudio Lomnitz to deliver the keynote address "Radicalismo revolucionario mexicano: biografía colectiva de una relación transnacional” at the biannual “Historia intelectual de América latina” conference, held this year in Buenos Aires (Argentina).


Saturday, November 15: Rosalind Morris will launch her new book (co-produced with William Kentridge), 'Accounts and Drawings from Underground: East Rand Proprietary Mines Cash Book, 1906’ at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg.  There will be a conversation between Morris and Kentridge at 4:00pm.

Monday, December 8: Catherine Fennel speaks on the problem of political infrastructure. NYU, Gallatin and Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Conference Room. 6:30-8:30pm.