Events Archive

2016-17 Events Archive

50th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association

May 10-13, 2017 in Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario

Canadian Archaeological Association textThe Canadian Archaeological Association Annual Meeting in 2017 will be hosted by the Canadian Museum of History in the National Capital Region during Canada’s 150th year. The meeting will feature academic sessions and social events.

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the CAA Annual Meeting web page. 


Theoretical Archeological Group North America presents

TAG 2017 Toronto

May 18-20, 2017 at the University of Toronto

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In recognition of the contributions of Toronto scholar Marshall McLuhan, the theme of the 2017 meeting is: “The Medium is the Message: Media and Mediation in Archaeology.”

From TAG North America website: "We encourage experimentation and innovation at our meetings - not only in archaeological theory, but also in the format and style of presentation. TAG promotes inter-disciplinarity and it also regularly includes artistic exhibits, performances and other interventions as part of its program."

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the TAG 2017 Toronto web page. 


International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) and Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) present

CASCA/IUAES2017 Conference in Ottawa

May 2-7, 2017 in the National Capital Region (Ottawa, Ontario)

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The theme of the 2017 joint CASCA/IUAES conference is Mo(u)vement. The conference will be held at the University of Ottawa in the National Capital Region during the year of Canada's 150 birthday.

UTM Anthropology faculty presenting at the 2017 conference:

Professor Jack SidnellGetting rid of the I: Techniques of the self at a yoga school in Southern India

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the CASCA/IUAES2017 Conference web page. 


Stanford Archaeology CenterConfucius InstituteDepartment of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies present

Stanford International Symposium:

Transitions from Foraging to Farming in Ancient China and Beyond: An Archaeobotanical Perspective

April 21-23, 2017 at Stanford University, California

close up of tall grasses with grey sky in backgroundFrom the Stanford Archaeology Centre websiteChina is one of the major centers for the origin of agriculture. However, our understandings of the transition from foraging to farming in the region still remain uncertain and controversial. The major aim of this conference is to better understand methodological and theoretical issues in agricultural origins in light of new fieldwork, new sites, and new analytical techniques. It is also important to investigate this transition in China from a global perspective. Recent developments in archaeobotany provide exciting techniques in identifying the remains of ancient crops and their wild progenitors, which have significantly advanced our understanding about the process of plant domestication. By bringing together a diverse international group of archaeologists to consider this topic of common interest, the conference will provide an important platform for international scholarly exchange.

UTM Anthropology faculty presenting at the symposium:

Professor Gary CrawfordEarly Neolithic Palaeoethnobotany in Shandong Province, China: Lessons from the Yuezhuang Site

For more information including program details, please visit the Stanford Archaeology Centre website or download the conference program (PDF file).


The American Association of Physical Anthropologists presents

86th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists

April 19-22, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana

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The American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual meeting will feature great science, discussion and professional development opportunities.

UTM Anthropology faculty presenting at the 2017 Annual Meeting include:

  • Professor Esteban Parra (Genetics of pigmentation in East Asia: The role of OCA2 polymorphisms. L. RAWOFI, M. EDWARDS, S. KRITHIKA, N. MURRAY, H.L. NORTON, E.J. PARRA.)
  • Dr. Madeleine Mant, Limited Term Lecturer (Hip fractures and survivorship in old age: investigating trauma in the archaeological record. M.L. MANT, R. IVES, C. DE LA COVA, M. BRICKLEY.)

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the AAPA Annual Meeting web page


St. Michael's College Science Association, the Interconnectivity Studies Working Group and the University of St. Michael’s College presents

Second Annual Symposium: Faith, Science, Climate Change and Pope Francis's Encyclical Laudato Si’

April 6, 2017 from 4-6 pm at Alumni Hall, St . Michael’s College, Toronto

This event is a two-hour symposium on climate change and the Pope’s encyclical Laudato si’. The focus of the symposium is a discussion and a dialogue among scientists and theologians of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ with its focus on global warming and climate change. In the encyclical Pope Francis calls for such a dialogue. In Paragraph 13 and 14 of Laudato si’ he wrote: “Here I want to recognize, encourage and thank all those striving in countless ways to guarantee the protection of the home which we share. Particular appreciation is owed to those who tirelessly seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest. Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded. I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.” Later in Paragraph 62 he wrote: “Science and religion, with their distinctive approaches to understanding reality, can enter into an intense dialogue fruitful for both.” The purpose of this symposium is to enter into the dialogue between science and religion that Pope Francis has called for.


  • Mary Hess, Professor of Educational Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota
  • David Nostbakken, McLuhan Fellow at the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
  • Stephen Bede Scharper, professor in the Department of Anthropology (UTM) and the School of the Environment
  • Kimberly Strong, Professor in the Department of Physics and is the Director of the School of the Environment
  • Ron Swail, Chief Operations Officer, Property Services and Sustainability at the University of Toronto
  • Prof. Robert K. Logan, Fellow of St. Michael’s College where teaches the McLuhan Seminar and the What is Information? Seminar

After the panel presentations and discussions among the panelists the student Interconnectivity Studies researchers from the Book and Media Studies program, Dalya Al-Bassam, Kate Gromova, Kalina Nedercheva and Olivia Penney will be introduced and they will read the abstracts of their research.

There will then follow a Q & A session with audience.

Download event flyer.


The Society for American Archaeology presents

82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology  

March 29-April 2, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia

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The Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting provides a forum for the dissemination of knowledge and discussion. 

UTM Anthropology faculty, instructor and student presenters at the 2017 Annual Meeting include:

  • Associate Professor Heather Miller: Invisible Value: Steatite in the Faience Complexes of the Indus Valley Tradition
  • Associate Professor David Smith: Social and Cultural Influences on Weaning Practices
  • Assistant Professor Liye Xie: People in Construction: Insights from Ethnographic, Historic, and Archaeological Accounts in China
  • Gregory Braun, Sessional Lecturer: Ceramic Technologies and Technologies of Remembrance: An Iroquoian Case Study
  • Paul R. Duffy, Sessional Lecturer, Györgyi Parditka, Justine Tynan and Ádám Balázs: Gone to Pot: Stylistic Breaks in a Radiocarbon-Based Ceramic Chronology for the Eastern Hungarian Bronze Age
  • Jamie Tsui, Student and Assistant Professor Liye Xie - Quantitative Use-Wear Analysis with ImageJ

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the SAA Annual Meeting web page. 


The UTM Anthropology Society presents 

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High Tea Exam Destressor

Monday, April 3 from 2-5pm in IB350

Celebrate the end of the academic year by joining the Anthropology Society for:

  • tea and snacks
  • board games
  • socializing with fellow students, UTMAS executives and Anthropology faculty!



Innis College and the Writing and Rhetoric Program invite you to:

Writing in a Time of Ecological Unravelling: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 7-9 pm at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto

Writing in a time of ecological unravelling textIn his book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016), novelist Amitav Ghosh examines why literary writers have been slow to respond to the global ecological issues we face. Why is there such a failure of imagination? Are we deranged?

It is clear that ecological crisis, being boundless, calls on writers of all stripes to play a crucial responding role. Writers draw attention to issues, speak truth to power, and offer public leadership through crafting language, stories, and ways of thinking.

In this panel, writers from across disciplines share their thoughts and experience concerning the writer’s role in a time of ecological unravelling, and reflect on what tools and inspiration writing can offer us.

Panelists include:

  • Catherine Bush, novelist; MFA Program, University of Guelph 
  • Bonnie McElhinny, Department of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto 
  • Stephen Bede Scharper, School of the Environment and UTM Department of Anthropology, and Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto; columnist, Toronto Star.

Moderated by: Sharon English, Writing and Rhetoric Program, Innis College, University of Toronto.


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

UTM Anthropology Society 2017-18 Elections

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Full-time and part-time undergraduate students enrolled in Anthropology (specialist, major and/or minor) programs or the Forensic Anthropology specialist program are automatically members of the UTM Anthropology Society and eligible to vote in the society's elections between March 20-24, 2017.

Log in to U-elecT to vote!

Results will be announced on the UTMAS website.


The UTM Anthropology Society presents 

2nd Annual Anthropology Conference for Students

Friday, March 24 from 9:30am to 4:00pm in Council Chamber DV3130.

Students and faculty: if you wish to attend the conference you can register online for the morning, the afternoon, or stay for the day! 

  • Morning Session is 9:30am-12pm (includes light breakfast)
  • Afternoon Session is 12-4pm (includes lunch)
  • Entire Day is 9:30am - 4pm

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We are pleased to announce Mr. Jubal Jamieson as our keynote speaker. Jubal is a First Nations Archaeology Monitor who has worked on several sites throughout Ontario. We are very excited to hear what he has to share!

Benefits of Attending:

  • broaden your understanding of the various fields of study
  • engage with UTM peers and faculty
  • grow your network
  • ALL in an informal and supportive environment on the UTM campus!

Although this conference is designed with undergraduate students in mind, graduate students are also welcome

Visit the Anthropology Conference page for more information!


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

2017 Field School Information Session

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 4-6pm in IB280

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael Brand, Archaeological Fieldwork Field School Instructor at UTM

PLUS: Hear from students about their experiences with field schools!

Undergraduate students: are you interested in learning more about UTM field schools or other field school opportunities? UTMAS has organized this this information session so you can learn more about:

No registration required; simply drop by!


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

Valentine's Day Sale!  

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Looking for some Valentine's Day items that stand out from the rest? Drop by the UTM Anthropology Society table to check out our creative, unique Anthropology-themed Valentine's Day cards and origami roses for sale! 

Please note updated locations!

  • Friday, February 10 from 10am-3pm at UTMSU
  • Monday, February 13 from 10am-3pm at Meeting Place in Davis Building
  • Tuesday, February 14 from 10am-3pm in HSC378


University of Toronto Science and Engineering Engagement and the Sustainability Office present a Science at the Movies event:

Before the Flood: Feature Documentary followed by Q&A

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 5:30pm (doors open at 5:15pm) at Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto (2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto)

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Q&A with Experts: (photo courtesy of Chloe Sonnois):

  • Dan Kraus (right), Conservation Scientist, Senior Director, The Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Julia Langer (left), CEO, The Atmospheric Fund
  • Moderated by Professor Stephen Scharper (centre), University of Toronto

About the Film:

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From Academy Award®-winning film maker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided following the Q&A. This is a free event. Please don't print your tickets. You can present your email on your smartphone or simply give your last name at the door.


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

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Indiana Jones Movie Night!

Friday, February 3 from 5pm to 12:30am in IB350

Calling all archaeology and adventure enthusiasts! Take a break from your studies and enjoy a free Friday night movie!  

UTMAS will be screening Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Steven Spielberg's classic 1981 adventure film featuring a daring archaeology professor!

Snacks and drinks available!


Join fellow alumni for a University of Toronto Alumni "In Your Neighbourhood Event" 

Professor Stephen Scharper: Finding Hope in a Time of Climate Change

Monday, January 16, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm at The Eglinton Grand, 400 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto

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Dr. Stephen Scharper

The facts about the pace and scope of climate change are disconcerting, if not downright depressing. Rather than leading to concerted action, they can sometimes lead to personal and political paralysis - and despair. How do we find hope in a time of climate crisis? What are the wellsprings of energized action and resilience in this era of grave ecological challenge? Prof. Scharper suggests that we face both a spiritual and ecological crossroads, and in this talk, he will explore the spiritual and political practice that is attempting to provide both hope and change in this climate-challenged moment. 

This event is free.

Refreshments and presentation with Q & A to follow.


UTM Anthropology Society presents

Graduate School Information Session

Monday, November 28th, 2016 from 2:00-3:00pm in IB150 at UTM

UTMAS Grad School WorkshopUndergraduate students: do you have questions about graduate school or your grad school applications? If so, this workshop is for you!  Topics include:

  • What you can do with your Anthropology degree
  • Graduate school - answering your questions
  • Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Anthropology at UTM

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Madeleine Mant, Limited Term Lecturer, Anthropology, UTM
Agata Gapinska, Laboratory Technician, Chemistry & Forensic Science, UTM
Patrcik Bozek, PhD student in Forensics, UTM

Refreshments will be provided!


Public lecture at the Riverwood Conservancy

Professor Stephen Scharper: Falling in Love with the Earth

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 from 7:00-8:30pm at the Riverwood Conservancy (4190 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga)

fall leavesPope Francis has come out with the first environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si”, which has helped shape contemporary thinking on climate change and species loss. This talk explores the relevance of Pope Francis for the loss of bees and other pollinators, and shows how we are now invited to a call to “fall in love” with the earth.


Public lecture presented by the UTM Experiential Education Office and Mississauga Central Library

Professor Stephen Scharper: Falling in Love with the Earth: Pope Francis, Bees, and the Quest for an Integral Ecology

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Mississauga Central Library (301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga)

Pope Francis has helped shape contemporary thinking on climate change and species loss.  This lecture will examine the loss of bees and other pollinators.  This lecture will examine the loss of bees and other pollinators.

This lecture is part of the Lecture Me! series, presented by the UTM Experiential Education Office and Mississauga Central Library. The Lecture Me! series will highlight research from different departments by some of our top faculty members in a way that is approachable and fun for the whole family. 

The event and parking are free!

There is no registration and the event is general admission.


Public lecture sponsored by the Royal Canadian Institute

Professor Gary Crawford: The Dawn of Rice Farming in China

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Dr. Gary Crawford

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 from 7pm – 9:30pm at the Mississauga Central Library (301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga)

How did the lives of people and rice become intertwined and combined with other organisms such as peach, water chestnut, pig, and dog to develop one of the most important agricultural traditions in the world? We’ll travel to a region just south of Shanghai to explore archaeological discoveries of villages and towns whose people made extraordinary technological and ecological innovations beginning about 11,000 years ago and learn what these innovations were and why they may have developed where and when they did. Can we learn anything from these societies relevant to our lives today?


UTM Anthropology Society presents

Meet & Greet with Anthropology Faculty

Wednesday Oct. 5th from 2:30pm -4:00pm in Spigel Hall at UTM

cartoon of two human skeletons sitting together at dining tableGet ready for the first UTMAS event of the year: Meet and Greet with the Faculty, SPEED DATING STYLE!

So you survived the first month of school but did you have the chance to approach your instructor? Would you like to learn more about your professors' and/or TAs' research and experience? Want to know something interesting from the them?

Why not come to out event and ask them? This event is an opportunity for UTM students to meet the Anthropology Faculty in an informal environment and connect with them.

Light refreshments will be provided.

All UTMAS events are positive spaces and inclusive of everyone.


Please join the Department of Anthropology for a guest lecture by visiting scholar
Dr. Mary Barker, Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Southampton

Improving women's diets and lifestyles for the health of the next generation

Thursday September 29, 2016 from 4-5 pm in IB 340 at UTM

Dr. Mary Barker
Dr. Mary Barker

Mary's research examines the food choices of young women and the complex of psychological, social and environmental factors that affect the food choices they make for their children.  She leads the Southampton Initiative for Health, a training intervention working with Sure Start Children's Centre staff to improve the diets and physical activity levels of disadvantaged women and their families in Southampton.

Mary also has a general interest in the design and evaluation of behaviour change interventions, and in the application of behavioural science principles to clinical and public health practice.  Mary is the daughter of celebrated scholar Dr. David Barker whose work on early life exposures founded epigenetic and lifecourse studies.  Mary's research continues David's goal of improving children's early environments by identifying ways to support women to imporve their diets and lifestyles.

Refreshments will be provided.