UCONN Professors Organize AAA Panel on Health and Human Rights

UCONN anthropology professors Sarah Willen and Cesar Abadio-Barrero organized three panels at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Minneapolis on the intersection of anthropology, health, and human rights. For more information on these panels, including the panel abstracts please click here.

Merrill Singer Wins Medical Anthropology Career Achievement Award

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Merrill Singer for winning the 2016 Medical Anthropology Career Achievement Award! This award senior scholars who have “advanced the field of medical anthropology through career-long contributions to theory or method, and who have been successful in communicating the relevance of medical anthropology to broader publics.”


SMA Awards

Anthropology Undergraduate Travels to Japan on Independent Study

Akhil Choudhary, an undergraduate student majoring in anthropology at UCONN has maintained a travel journal as part of an independent study entitled “Creating New Opportunities for Interdisciplinary International Research in Disaster Science.” Akhil was accompanied by two other UCONN undergrads, as well as faculty members Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet (Anthropology), Will Ouimet (Geography and Geoscience), and Rich Christenson (Engineering). Read on to learn how the team fared on this journey into interdisciplinary disaster research and stayed tuned for more information on their collaborative research efforts next semester!

Sam Martínez is Executive Program Comm Chair of 2016 AAA Meeting

For the last 18 months, Samuel Martínez, an Associate Professor with a joint appointment between the Department and El Instituto (UCONN’s Institute of LatinX, Caribbean and Latin American Studies), has led up the planning of the academic program of the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) Annual Meeting, as Executive Program Committee (EPC) chair. The major tasks of being the EPC chair include defining the conference theme, convening a panel of anthropologists, from all four fields, to select the conference’s “marquee” Executive Sessions, and scheduling the several hundred volunteered panel submissions to generate the five-day meeting program. Martínez also headed up a series of columns for Anthropology News, anticipating highlights of the meeting. A notable feature new to this year’s meeting has been a “Teaching AAA 2016” blog series designed to suggest relevant teaching resources on the conference theme (Evidence, Accident, Discovery) for undergraduate and graduate courses on methods, ethics and theory.


Samuel Martinez

UCONN Hosts 2016 Connecticut State Archaeology Fair

UCONN is proud to host the 2016 Connecticut Archaeology Fair. The Fair focuses on sharing the current state of knowledge about the history and prehistory of Connecticut with the public. Celebrate Archaeology Month and learn about the many UCONN archaeological investigations going on around the state and internationally. Local archaeological societies, historical societies, and universities will have displays highlighting past and current excavations and research with opportunities to see and touch real artifacts. The Fair will feature various talks by archaeologists working in the State, kids-friendly activities, and a tour of archaeological laboratories and research facilities at the Department of Anthropology. This event is free and open to the public.


2016 Connecticut Archaeology Fair

Dimitris Xygalatas’ photo essay in Sapiens

Sapien, the online journal of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, has published a photo essay by Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCONN. The essay entitled “The Perennial Power of Ritual” focuses on the psychological, and cultural significance of ritual behavior, including its role in stress reduction, community building, providing guidance, and aggression management. The photo essay covers examples of ritual practice in Spain, Madagascar, Vietnam, Mauritius, and Guatemala.

Dimitris Xygalatas

Armenian Fall Harvest Festival at UCONN

The Norian Armenian Programs at UCONN presents the Armenian Fall Harvest Festival. The festivities will be held on Saturday, September 17th between 12pm and 5pm. The Festival will include a number of cultural and culinary features, including a lecture entitled “Grape Cultivation & Wine Production in Armenia” by Dr. Nelli Hovhannisyan, director of the DNA laboratory at Yerevan State University. The Anthropology Department at UCONN has a strong and ongoing tradition of archaeological research and collaboration with Armenian scholars.

To RSVP and for more detailed information about the Festival including location, please visit the Norian Armenian Programs website.


Armenian Harvest Festival