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.
 
 

Professor Nadia Abu El Haj responds to the bombing of Gaza on the London Review of Books blog. Her Op-Ed can be accessed here.
 

The Department congratulates its graduating PhDs—Heather Atherton, Yogesh Chandrani, Krista Hegburg, Thushara Hewage, Etsko Kasai, Yixin Li, Jun Mizukawa, Anand Taneja, and Darryl Wilkinson
 

Sunday, October 26: Join Dr. Audra Simpson in a post-screening conversation with filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, director of Hi-Ho Mistahey!, at the American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Film Festival. 4:30 PM. Tickets: http://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/hi-ho-mistahey.

Thursday, October 30: "Quasi-Events: Building and Crumbling Worlds." Joint visual display and conversation by several e-flux journal contributors, followed by a screening of When the Dogs Talked and a discussion with discussion with Liza Johnson, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, David Barker, and others. 7 pm.
 

Tuesday, 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.