Anthropology Colloquia

Wednesdays at 3:30pm (Modality TBA)
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Spring 2023

Wednesday, April 12 - Rachel Lee 
Professor of Gender Studies & English
Director, Center for the Study of Women (2015-2020), UCLA
Chemical Entanglements: Gender and Exposure The Story of the Environmental Illness Oral History Archive

Winter 2023

Wednesday, March 8 - Triloki Nath Pandey 
University of California, Santa Cruz
Grappling with Past, Present, and Future Archaeology, Ethnology, and Ethnography in the Pueblo Southwest

Wednesday, February 1 - Jess Auerbach
University of Cape Town
Weighting data: Hydroinformatics, drift, and the cable around the Cape

Fall 2022

Monday, November 21 - Sophie Chao
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow and Lecturer in the Discipline of Anthropology at the University of Sydney.
Time has Come to a Stop: Indigenous Lifeworlds, Socio-Environmental Change, and Plantation Temporalities on the West Papuan Resource Frontier

Monday, November 7 - Larisa Jasarevic 
Honey’s on the wheels. Beekeeper’s prayers.

Monday, September 26 - Dr. Jannelle Baker 
Assistant Professor, University of Athabasca
Eating in the oil sands: How Boreal foods speak to us

Spring 2022

Wednesday, Apirl 6 - Dr. Jonathan Rosa
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
Latinx Languages & Identities Beyond Borders

Wednesday, May 18 - Dr. Emily Lim Rogers
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University

Biomedicine’s Binds: ME/CFS, Patient Socialities, and Attachments to Science

Winter 2022

Wednesday, February 16th - Dr. Paulla A. Ebron
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
Pest House: A figure for the Anthropocene

Wednesday, February 23rd - Dr. Rachel Watkins
Associate Professor of Anthropology, American University
Narrative as Scientific Evidence: Identifying Black Humanities in the Study and Return of Anatomical Others


Spring 2021

Wednesday, May 12th -  Mayanthi Fernando
Associate Professor of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz
“Storying the NonSecular: Posthumanism, Presence, and Modalities of the Perhaps”

Wednesday, May 26th -  Marina Peterson
Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
A Matter of Noise


Winter 2021

Wednesday, February 24th -  Laura A. Ogden 
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth University
Loss and Wonder at the World’s End

Winter 2020 

Wednesday, January 15th - Andrea Ballestero
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rice University 
A Future History of Water: How to Wonder with Techno-Legal Devices

CANCELLED - Wednesday, February 5th - Shelly Errington
Professor Emerita of Anthropology, UCSC
To Make an Ethnographic Film in the 21st Century 

Wednesday, March 11th - Sarah Vaughn
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Another Skin: Belonging and Climate Adaptation in Guyana

Fall 2019 

Wednesday, October 16th - Viviane Vedana & Rafael Devos
Professors, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
News of Fish: Techniques and Distributed Ecological Knowledge Among Fishermen,                                          Fish Traders, and Schools of Mullets in Brazil

Monday, October 28th - Justin Dunnavant
Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University
A Historical Ecology of Slavery in the Danish West Indies

Wednesday, November 6th - Tony Rudyansjah
Faculty of Social and Political Science, University of Indonesia 
State, Society, and Relations of Dependence Over the Long Term in North Seram, Eastern Indonesia

Wednesday, November 13th - Birgit Müller
Professor, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris
Reconnecting Through Water: Ground Water Management in a Green California Desert

Spring 2019 

Wednesday, April 24th - Megan Kruse
Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Author and Instructor
Crafting Emotion

Wednesday, May 8th - Raquel Pacheco
President's Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Cruz
Gender Progress as a Pillar of Mexico’s post-agrarian Citizenship

Wednesday, May 22nd - Mark Anderson
Associate Professor, UC Santa Cruz
From Boas to Black Power, a Book Presentation

Winter 2019 

Wednesday, January 23rd - Niko Besnier
Professor, University of Amsterdam
Utopia Modern: Palm Springs and the American Imaginary

Wednesday, February 13th - Noelle Stout
Associate Professor, NYU
Toward a Feminist Theory of Predatory Bureaucracy

Wednesday, March 6th - Ilana Gershon
Ruth N. Hall Professor, Indiana University Bloomington
Thinking Across Multiple Social Orders and Leaky Boundaries


Fall 2018

Wednesday, October 31st - Robert Connell
UC Presidential Postdoc, UC Davis
Survival: A Socio-Historical Approach to Resource Extraction, War and Autonomy in the Maroon Circum-Caribbean

Tuesday 5-7pm*, November 13 - Maple Razsa
Associate Professor of Global Studies, Colby College
The Maribor Uprisings: Live, participatory documentary 
  *Please note, this event will be on a Tuesday night, in the Namaste Lounge on campus

Monday 3:15-5:00 p.m*, December 3 - Nidhi Mahajan
Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz
Monsoon Mobilities: Labor, Debt, and Kinship in the Dhow Trade
  *Please note, this event will take place on a Monday


Spring 2018

Wednesday, April 11 - Dr. Gabrielle Hecht
Professor, Stanford University
Residual Governance: Mining Afterlives and Molecular Colonialism in a South African Anthropocene
Hosted by The Humanities Institute

Visiting Research Associate, UCSC Department of Anthropology; Professor, Aarhus University
Relations of Resistance: Tuberculosis as Multispecies Engagement

CANCELLED: Wednesday, May 9 - Dr. Graham Jones
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Magic's Reason: An Anthropology of Analogy

Monday, May 21* - Dr. Kristen R. Ghodsee
Professor of Russian and East European Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Sex and Superpower Rivalry: Women's Rights and Cold War Competition at the United Nations, 1968-1989
*Please note this colloquium is on a Monday, 3:15-5:00, 261 Social Sciences 1

Winter 2018

January 24 - Dr. Kabir Tambar
Assistant Professor, Stanford University
Professions of Friendship: Revisiting the Concept of the Political in the Middle East

January 31 - Dr. Yarimar Bonilla*
Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences
The Wait of Disaster: Hurricanes and the Politics of Recovery in Puerto Rico
*Special event will take place in 259 Humanities 1, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Co-hosted with IHR Research Cluster on Race, Violence, Inequality and the Anthropocene

March 14 - Dr. Alireza Doostdar
Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
The Intimate Republic: Piety and Objectification in an Islamic State

Fall 2017

October 4 - David Bacon
Photojournalist and author
In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte

Co-hosted with Gastronomica

October 18 - Jennifer Goett
Associate Professor, Michigan State University
After Territorial Recognition: Afro-Nicaraguan Autonomy and Racialized Dispossession

Co-hosted with the Center for Emerging Worlds

October 25 - Sarah Bakker Kellogg
Hunt Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley
Christianity as Kinship Practice: Ritual, Ethics, and Indigeneity in the Syriac Diaspora

Spring 2017

April 19 - Daniel Fisher
Associate Professor, Sociocultural Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Spun Dry: Mobility and Jurisdiction in Northern Australia

May 3 - Eitan Wilf
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University
Clutter: Unpacking the Stuff of Business Innovation

May 17 - Steven Feld
Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research
Hearing Heat: An Anthropocene Acoustemology


February 8 - Sareeta Amrute
Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle
adding.sleep(): Race and Refusal in the Indian Tech Diaspora

March 15 - Kathleen Stewart
Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin
What Comes Through: The Point of Writing Ethnographically Now

FALL 2016 

October 12 - Kregg Hetherington
Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Concordia
The Redistribution of Killing: Plants, Labor, and Paraguay's Long Green Revolution

November 2 - Cristiana Giordano - CANCELLED
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Davis
Shipwrecking Temporalities: The European “Refugee Crisis” and The Anti-Crisis Paradigm

November 9 - James Smith
Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Anthropology, UC Davis
The Eyes of the World: The Mining and regulation of "Digital Materials" in the Eastern DR Congo


March 30 - Hanna Garth
UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine
The Politics of Adequacy: Food and Everyday Life in Post-Soviet Cuba

April 27 - Tobias Rees
Associate Professor of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University
Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
After Ethnos

with discussants Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley, and Ian Whitmarsh, Associate Professor and Director of the Medical Anthropology Ph.D. Program at UC San Francisco.

May 11 - David McDermott Hughes
Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University
The Eden Problem: Utopia and Unemployment on New Energy Landscapes

May 23 - Nir Avieli (Monday)
Visiting Professor, Middlebury College
Senior Lecturer of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Meat Masculinity and the Logic of the Occupation: Food and Power in an Israeli Military Prison for Palestinian Detainees

Co-sponsored by:

Gastronomica, Journal of Critical Food Studies

WINTER 2016 

January 20 - Lucas Bessire
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma
The Glimpse: Remediating Indigeneity and Critique on the Ayoreo Video Project

Reception to Follow:
Please join us for a reception with Lucas Bessire at Danilyn Rutherford's house.

Co-sponsored by

Humanities Studio

February 17 - Jeffrey S. Kahn
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Davis
Smugglers, Migrants, and Demons: Passages of Wealth in the Haitian Caribbean

February 24 - Gil Anidjar
Professor, Department of Religion, Columbia University
Weapons of the Strong

March 9 - Abou Farman
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, The New School for Social Research
Suspended Animations: The Eschatological Gap and the Time of Life in the Secular

FALL 2015

October 7 - Mette Nordhal Svendsen
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
Head of the Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies
Pig-Human Relations in Neonatology: Knowing and Unknowing in Resource Making and Resource Management

October 21 - Jason De León
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The Land of Open Graves: Necroviolence and the Politics of Migrant Death in the Arizona Desert

October 28 - Jerry Zee
President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology and Program in Science and Technology Studies, UC Davis
Patterns in the Sand: Earthy and Political Time at China's Desert Shores

November 4 - E. Mara Green
President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Linguistics, UC San Diego
Making Sense: The Semiotics and Ethics of Deaf-Hearing Conversations in Nepal

November 30 (Monday) - Dr. Triloki Pandey
Professor, Department of Anthropology
The Role of Ashrams in Making Mahatma Gandhi


April 15 - Juned Shaikh
Assistant Professor of History, UC Santa Cruz
Revolutionary Desires, Spatial Entanglements: Dalit Literature and Bombay City, 1950-1982

Monday, May 4 - Tsim D. Schneider
University of California President's Doctoral Fellow, UC Santa Barbara
Indigenous Hinterlands in Colonial San Francisco Bay Area, California

May 13 - Alexander S. Dent
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Graduate Studies, George Washington University
Notes Toward an Anthropology of Confidence

May 27 - Sharika Thiranagama
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
"Grease Devils": Violence and Militarization in Postwar Sri Lanka


February 4 - Lucinda Ramberg
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Cornell University
Who and What is Sex for? Notes on Theogamy and the Sexuality of Religion

February 11 - Noah Salomon - Location: Humanities 1, room 202
Assistant Professor of Religion, Carleton College
When the State is Everywhere: Rethinking the Islamic Public Sphere

March 4 - Duana Fullwiley
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
The New Race: Human Difference, American Genome Politics & Modern Progress

March 11 - Vanessa Agard-Jones
Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Yale University
Body Burdens: Soil, Sediment, and Accretive Violence in Martinique

FALL 2014

October 20 - Rune Flikke
Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Oslo
Materializing the Invisible: Wind and Weather in Zulu Zionist Experience

October 27 - Jessica Cattelino
Associate Professor of Anthropology, UC Los Angeles
Unsettling Nature: An Everglades Ethnography

November 3 - James Ferguson
Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
A Rightful Share: Beyond Gift and Market in Politics of Distribution

November 10 - Lesley Stern
Professor Emeritus, UC San Diego
Zig Zagging in and out of the Ethnobotanic Garden of Oaxaca


April 16 ~ Susan Visvanathan
Professor of Sociology
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Friendship and Work: Reading the Lives of Romain Rolland, Madeleine Slade and Gandhi

*April 21 ~ Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Professor of Visual Arts and Anthropology, Harvard University
Director of Harvard' Sensory Ethnography Lab
Director of Harvard Film Study Lab
*7pm in Communications 150, Studio C

April 28 ~ James Battle
University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Bioethical Conscription: Ascriptive Inequality, Kinship, and the Moral Economy of Participation

May 12 ~ Joe Dumit
Professor of Anthropology & Director of Science and Technology Studies
University of California, Davis
Director of Science and Technology Studies

May 19 ~ Sergio Navarrete
Research Scholar, Center for Research and Superior Studies in Social Anthropology, CIESAS
Community and Citizenship: Windbands in Oaxaca, Mexico (19th to 21st Century


January 27 ~ Seth Holmes
Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
& Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology
Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers and
the Naturalization of Inequalities in the United States

February 3 ~ Sarah Bakker Kellogg
Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley
The Ethics of the Singing Subject: Music, Multiculturalism,
and the Middle Eastern Christianity in the Netherlands

February 10 ~ Micha Rahder
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz
Gobernabilidad in Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve:
Conservation Knowledge and Action on a Troubled Landscape

February 24 ~ Manduhai Buyandelger
Associate Professor of Anthropology, MIT
Millennial Haunting: The social life of ghosts, shamanism, and memory against culture in postsocialist Mongolia

March 3 ~ David Ransel
Professor Emeritus, Indiana University
They Are Taking That Air From Us.” The Sale of Russian National Heritage and Recreational Sites to Private Developers and the Emergence of Civil Society Opposition

March 10 ~ Smadar Lavie
Visiting Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley
Visiting Professor, Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century, University College Cork
Wrapped in the Flag of Israel
Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture

FALL 2013

October 28th ~ William Mazzarella
Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Chicago
Totalitarian Tears, or Does the Crowd Really Mean It? 

November 4th ~ Alpa Shah
Reader, Department of Anthropology
London School of Economics
Revolution and Social Transformation:
The Maoist Movement in India

November 18th ~ Vicente Rafael
Professor of History
University of Washington
The Wars of Translation:
American, English, Colonial Education and Tagalog Slang, 1920s - 1970s

December 2nd ~ Yarimar Bonilla
Assistant Professor
Rutgers University
Non-Sovereign Futures?
French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment


April 15th ~ Iveta Hajdakova
PhD Student at the Institute of Postgraduate Study Programmes
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

April 22nd ~ Jessica Bissett Perea
UC Presidential Postdoc, UCB
Soundscapes of Blackness and Indigeneity in Alaska

April 29th ~ Keith Murphy
Assistant Professor, UC Irvine
Enregistering Design 

May 6th ~ Karen-Sue Taussig
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
Science, Salvation, and the Politics of Potentiality: 
Mobilizing Social Action for New Medical Technologies

May 13th ~ Ma Vang
UC Presidential Postdoc, UC Riverside
The Terrorist-Ally:
Hmong American History and the Case against General Vang Pao

May 20th ~ Gastón Gordillo
Associate Professor, University of British Colombia
Constellations of Rubble: The Generativity of Destruction

June 3rd ~ Fenella Cannell
Reader in Social Anthropology, London School of Economics

Winter 2013

January 28th ~ Jeffrey Schonberg
Graduate Fellow, UCSF/UCB
Seeing Through Violence: Homicide in West Oakland, California 

February 25th ~ Alessandro Duranti
Professor of Anthropology & Dean of Social Sciences, UCLA
Creativity Under Pressure: Jazz Socialization Across Settings

March 4th ~ Ashley Carse
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Whittier College
The Machete and the Freighter: 

Exploring Political Ecology and Infrastructure at the Panama Canal 

March 18th ~ Jon Daehnke
Visiting Assistant Professor, UCSC
Places of Protocol:
Memory, Archaeology, and Colonial Legacies on the Columbia River

Fall 2012

October 8th ~ Reed Malcom and Kate Marshall
Editors, University of California Press
The State of Book Publishing, Scholarly or Otherwise

October 15th ~ Karen Barad
Professor of Feminist Studies, UCSC
Ma(r)king Time: Remembering the Future 

October 22nd ~ Tanya Luhrmann
Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
Hearing Voices in San Mateo, Accra and Chennai

October 29th ~ Shannon Dawdy
Associate Professor of Anthropology & Social Sciences, University of Chicago
Antiques and the Old Idea of the Fetish

November 5th ~ Marianne Lien 
Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo
Becoming Sentient; Choreographies of Care in Salmon Farming

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