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Upcoming events will be posted here.
U of T's Innovation Hub presents Stories from a distance, being together while apart: a virtual community for students, by students
Stories Through Research - Going Viral: Impact of COVID-19 on Canadians
Project Team: Dr. Madeleine Mant (UTM), Dr. Alyson Holland (McMaster), and Dr. Andrew Prine (Groves Memorial Community Hospital)
The Stories Through Research Series highlights three UofT research projects helping us understand student experiences and challenges in these unprecedented times. This is an incredible opportunity for UofT community members to learn about how students are being impacted by COVID, focusing on three important areas in the UofT student community.
In the first of this series this project asks:
- Where are young adults getting information about COVID-19?
- Do they trust the information they’re finding?
- Do students feel they are at risk of catching COVID-19?
- How has social distancing affected their lives?
Through serial surveys and interviews, this project is inquiring how perceptions of COVID-19 are changing as the pandemic rapidly unfolds.
By joining this spotlight, participants can engage in important conversations to consider how we can support our communities on (and off) campus as we move forward in these times. It will also be highlighting how important trust is when communicating information that will help public health agencies and community spaces in Canada and beyond. Through this, we can develop better ways of providing health information to the public, support students as they navigate their lives “on campus”, and continue to capture the evolving responses to this event in real-time.
Clinicians for Climate Justice: A Virtual Speaker Series
Dr. Stephen Scharper on Integral Ecology: A Possible Inclusive Antidote to Environmental Racism
Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 7 - 8pm via Zoom.
Dr. Schaprer's talk will explore several aspects of "Integral Ecology", and how the blending of social teaching on oppression and its relationship to climate concerns can be an effective and powerful response to environmental racism.
Are you starting your first year of studies at UTM in September 2020? Join us for our online Anthropology information session!
Friday, May 29, 2020 at 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
- Dr. Sherry Fukuzawa, Biological Anthropologist
- Dr. Andrew Gilbert, Sociocultural Anthropologist
Why take an Anthropology course?
Participants will learn what Anthropology is and how Anthropology courses contribute to a diversity of student interests. Students should expect a general overview of Anthropology courses at U of T Mississauga, and an opportunity to ask questions to Anthropology faculty in both the HBA and HBSc programs. Students should attend if they have an interest in Anthropology or if they are looking for an interesting elective to complement their programs in first year.
The Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) and the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) present
Distribute 2020 Conference
May 7-9, 2020 (Online)
The Distribute 2020 conference is a virtual and distributed event, with three days of streaming audio-visual panels and virtual nodes around the world where participants can gather with others to collectively view the conference.
Distribute 2020 is an international experiment in creating community through low-cost, carbon-conscious, radically distributed conferencing!
UTM Alumni presents
Webinar on Social Distancing and Blame: Lessons from Past Pandemics with Dr. Madeleine Mant
Wednesday April 22, 2020 from 12-1pm
Join fellow UTM alumni as anthropologist Dr. Madeleine Mant speaks via webinar on the history of stigma and blame from past pandemics, the similarities to COVID-19, and how we can respond to help keep each other safe.
UTMAS and the Department of Anthropology present
Annual Anthropology Conference at UTM (notice of cancellation)
March 12, 2020 update:
The health, safety and well-being of our community members is very important to us. We regret to inform you that owing to the current situation with COVID-19, the annual Anthropology Conference scheduled to take place on Friday, April 3, 2020 event has been cancelled.
Undergraduate students: consider submitting your research papers to the Young Anthropology Journal for publication!
A UC Alumni Salon Talk:
Community Engaged Learning: The Importance of the Indigenous Curriculum in all Ontario Classrooms
Councillor Veronica King-Jamieson (Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation) & Professor Sherry Fukuzawa
Thursday March 12th, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: East Common Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada specifically addressed educational reforms in its 94 Calls to Action. Why are these reforms important for all students? How have they been implemented in Ontario classrooms? We will discuss these issues from the perspective of the local Indigenous community and a settler ally in post-secondary education. The discussion will include an example of a community engaged learning course at the University of Toronto Mississauga facilitated by Councillor Veronica King-Jamieson (Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation) and Professor Sherry Fukuzawa.
The Centre for Urban Environments and the Department of Anthropology at UTM present
A CUE Seminar Talk with anthropologist Dr. Megan Maurer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Earth Institute at Columbia University
Experiencing Nature and Happiness in Washington Square Park: a mixed-method study of the relationship of urban green space to well-being
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Talk from 12-1pm followed by lunch from 1-2pm
UTM Room DV3140
No registration required.
Around the world cities are using living systems to mitigate humans’ negative environmental impacts, adapt to climate change, and build long-term resilience. As such, the impacts of these green infrastructures on urban ecologies and human well-being have become active sites of scholarly research. In this talk, Dr. Maurer discusses the importance of understanding urban residents’ experiential relationships with plants, specifically, and urban nature more broadly, for green space and green infrastructure design.
Dr. Megan Maurer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Earth Institute at Columbia University. A cultural anthropologist by training, her research broadly concerns the relationships between people and plants in the city. She is currently working on two active projects. The first, “Experiencing Nature and Happiness in Washington Square Park” investigates the relationship between connectedness to nature and subjective well-being in urban green spaces. The second, “Trees of Interest: An Ethnography of NYC Street Trees,” examines the roles of street trees and residents’ relationships to them within the socioecological production of New York City, and how framing street trees as green infrastructure is reshaping these roles. Her manuscript, “Nourishing Environments, Caring Cities: Gardening and the Social Reproduction of the Urban Environment in Deindustrial Michigan,” is forthcoming in the journal City & Society.
Field School Information Session: GRAPE - Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Expedition
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 12-1pm in DH 4009
Learn about the GRAPE Field School in the Republic of Georgia. First-year students who are interested in participating in an archaeological field school are encouraged to attend.
No registration required.
The Ethnography Lab at U of T presents
An Elephant in the Room: Tracking an Awkward Anthropology
Speaker: Dr. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, York University
Friday, January 17, 2020 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm
AP330, Anthropology Building 19 Russell St., St. George Campus
Drawing on trail anthropology and the notion of the through line of action, this presentation tracks the feeling of awkwardness I experienced in an imaginative ethnography project I conducted in collaboration with a Polish Romani woman, Randia, in an attempt to re-envision anthropology as an engaged, collaborative and interventionist practice. I follow the trail, its offshoots and connections to arrive at what I call an awkward anthropology, which entails a radical and imaginative epistemic politics. Reflecting on how working at the intersections of ethnography, performance, storytelling and fiction shifted reflexivity from the purview of the anthropologist to that of the interlocutor, I propose an imaginative and creative praxis as a starting point for reinventing anthropology.
Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston is an anthropologist, performance theorist, theatre director and playwright. She is Associate Professor, Theatre & Performance Studies and
Social Anthropology at York University. She is a co-founding member and co-curator of the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography.
Visit the Anthropology tables at the UTM Winter Welcome Event!
January 14, 2020 from 11am to 3pm in IB Atrium
- Are you new to UTM this term?
- Are you choosing your subject POSt in 2020?
All UTM students are welcome to drop by and ask questions about Anthropology POSts, programs, and experiential learning opportunities at this winter-themed welcome event!