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Slide 1: Shooting Tripoli Cancelled at Ellinikon Airport, Athens. © Naeem Mohaiemen
Slide 2: 'Love in the NY Underground,' © John Pemberton
Slide 3: Still from "The Mermaids, Or Aiden In Wonderland" (2018). © Karrabing Film Collective
Slide 4: Rusty Rheingold beer cans
Slide 5: 'Crossing the Road' © Benjamin Liberatore
Slide 6: Machu Picchu © Terence D'Altroy
Slide 7: Tholpava koothu shadow puppet, back stage, © Suyash Dwivedi
Slide 8: 'Elvis is in the House' © John Pemberton
Slide 9: 'The Cut' © John Pemberton
Slide 10: Still from 'We are Zama Zama' @ Rosalind C. Morris
Slide 11: 'Mount Sinai-St.Catherine' @ Hadeel Assali
Slide 12: Block Cave Mandible @ Hannah Chazin
The Department of Anthropology, established by Franz Boas in 1902, is the oldest in the United States and remains a center of disciplinary innovation and theoretical leadership. The department’s faculty members are actively engaged in research and writing about issues of both pressing contemporary relevance and historical significance. Our scholars work in regions and language traditions around the globe and in the United States, as do our students. We operate doctoral degree programs in both sociocultural anthropology and archaeology, and host two distinct MA programs, one in sociocultural anthropology and the other in museum anthropology. In addition, we offer rigorous undergraduate training toward both the major and the concentration, and welcome students from other disciplines into our classes. More.
STATEMENT OF ETHICS ON RESEARCH AND STEWARDSHIP OF CULTURAL MATERIALS
The Department of Anthropology at Columbia University is committed to the ethical pursuit of knowledge, and the responsible stewardship of that which is entrusted to us in the course of our research, including diverse materials of cultural value and significance.
We are also heirs to a lengthy history of anthropological research; as such we are committed to the ethical stewardship of objects and collections that were generated or acquired by our predecessors. To that end, we are engaged in an ongoing process of identifying and inventorying materials on site, consulting with relevant authorities to determine provenance, and working to ensure the well-being and, where appropriate, repatriation of objects and materials of cultural value and significance to the communities whence they originated. Further information.
BOAS SEMINAR - Lauren Coyle-Rosen, 'Law in Light: Priestesses, Priests, and the Revitalization of Akan Spirituality in the United States and Ghana'
BOAS SEMINAR - Larisa Kurtović
BOAS SEMINAR - Amira Mittermaier
Professor Nadia Abu El-Haj Featured in Two Part Episode of "The Dig"
Professor Nadia Abu El-Haj was recently interviewed for a two-episode series from The Dig, a weekly podcast presented by Jacobin magazine. Both episodes revolve around discussions of the content and background El-Haj's book: Combat Trauma: Imaginaries of War and Citizenship in Post-9/11 America, and the effects of post-9/11 war policy on American civilian identity.
Alumni Chatterjee, Chamorro and Montero Guest Edit "Held in Suspense" at Cambridge Journal of Anthropology
"Held in Suspense: Promise, Threat and Revocability as Modalities of Governance," guest-edited by Syantani Chatterjee (PhD '20), Luciana Chamorro Elizondo (PhD '20), and Fernando Montero (PhD '20), has been put into press by the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology as a special issue for March 2023.
Rosalind Morris appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Leuphana Institute for Advanced Study in Culture and Society
Rosalind Morris will join the inaugural year (2023-2024) of fellows at the newly established Leuphana Institute for Advanced Study in Culture and Society, where she will complete work on her Guggenheim prize-winning project, 'Anatomy Lessons of a Miner.' For more information on the LIAS, an interdisciplinary project that bridges the Humanities and the Social Sciences, visit the Institute's website.
OUR RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
The research interests of our faculty and students cover a broad range of theoretical and empirical questions, and our scholarly and personal engagements traverse an equally wide range of geopolitical and territorial domains. Broadly speaking, these interests can be grouped under the thematic headings indicated by the icons below. On the pages linked to the icons, you will find: a brief description of the issues and the Department’s historical relationship to them; a list of faculty members whose research and writing addresses these themes; a list of courses covering related questions and problems; and select publications on these subjects by our faculty members.