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:

Thursday, February 27: Lila Abu-Lughod presents "Do Muslim Women Need Saving?: Reflections on the Politics of Feminism in the Middle East" at the Weatherhead Center's Middle East Seminar, Harvard University. 4 pm.

Thursday March 5: David Scott participates in a seminar devoted to his book, Omens of Adversity. Wesleyan University, 4:30.

Friday, March 6: Brian Larkin co-organizes the Infrastructural Life in Africa conference, at the Institute of African Studies, Columbia University. 9am-5pm.

Saturday, March 7: Catherine Fennell speaks on "Obsolescence " at the Producing Waste/Producing Space symposium at the Princeton University School of Architecture. Bretts Audiorium, 9:30 - 5 pm.

Monday, March 9: Brian Larkin presents "Techniques of Inattention: Religion and the Mediality of Loudspeakers in Nigeria" at the school of Media Studies, Newschool. 6pm.

March 13 – 19: Rosalind Morris joins the Wenner-Gren Workshop on ‘New Media, New Publics?’ in Sintra, Portugal, to present her work on “Crises of Mediation in Contemporary South Africa.”

Wednesday, March 18: Claudio Lomnitz presents "Mexico: Fantasy of the Family, Fantasy of Rule of Law" at the Anthropology Department of the University of Vienna, 5 pm.

Friday, March 20: Claudio Lomnitz speak at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.

Monday, March 23: David Scott speaks on "Michael Manley and Political Will" as part of the Sawyer Seminar series, Cornell University. 4:30 pm.

March 26-28: Rosalind Morris to deliver the lecture, “Going down: piracy, deindustrialization and the inhuman in South Africa’s gold mines,” 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.

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.

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.

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: