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 Faculty Talks and Lectures

Zoe Crossland, Feb 1: “Toward a semiotics of forensic evidence.” Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University.

Rosalind Morris, Feb 1: Invited speaker, book launch for Jean Cohen and Cécile Laborde, Religion, Secularism and Constitutional Democracy.  6:00pm, La Maison Française, Columbia

Brian Boyd, Feb 2: "Making Archaeology Work in the Palestinian Territories". Invited lecture at the Department of Archaeology, University of York, U.K.

Zoe Crossland, Feb 3: “Forensic literature and popular empiricism: writing the evidence of the dead body.” Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK.

Claudio Lomnitz, Feb 5: "Indigenismo, fascismo y comunismo: los casos de Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff y Miguel Adler."  In the conference “Los años oscuros de Gerardo Reichel Dolmatoff”, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). 

Severin Fowles, Feb 8: "Comanche visual culture and the theater of war." Invited lecture at the Department of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin.

Paige West, Feb 9-13: Discussant, “Pacific Spaces” Symposium; and paper presenter, “Narrating and Knowing the Ineffible? Can Anthropology really know ‘affect’ and if so, is it our right?”  In Sovereignties and Disposession, Association of Social Anthropology in Oceania, San Diego, California.

Elizabeth Povinelli, Feb 11: "Toxic Sovereignties," Society for the Humanities, Cornell University.

Claudio Lomnitz, Feb 10: "La hipertrofia de la familia en el México contemporáneo."  Lecture, El Colegio Nacional (Mexico City).

Nan Rothchild, Feb 10: "The Archaeology of American Cities" (with Diana Wall), the New York Academy of History.

Rosalind Morris, February 14 – 20: Invited poet. Festival Internacional de Poesía de Granada, Nicaragua.

Brian Boyd, Feb 19: Invited conference paper. "A History of Imagination: Tracing Stories from the Younger Dryas to the Anthropocene". Evaluating the Early Anthropocene Hypothesis Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Audra Simpson, Feb 22: “Reconciliation and Its Discontents: An Oral History", (co-hosted by the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, and the Wheeler Centre. Melbourne Australia.

Paige West, Feb 22:  “Social Equity, Represenational Sovereginty and Environmental Conservation.”  Strategic Environmental Research Initiative (SERI) hosted by the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management  at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Audra Simpson, Feb 23: Paper, Against Recognition Workshop, organised by the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Elizabeth Povinelli, Feb 27-29: "Lyotard's Résistance Now," LUMA Foundation, Paris.