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Upcoming Events

Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation present a public event:

Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Virtual Historical Gathering

Join the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to celebrate their history and ongoing projects in this Zoom event.

Everyone is welcome!

Date and time: Friday, May 27, 2022 from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT

Location: Online event via Zoom

View event details and register on Eventbrite


Past Events

Discover Your Future at UTM:
Visit the Anthropology lab and our Arts and Science tables

Saturday, May 14, 2022 (in-person event, see schedule below for times)

Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences ComplexCelebrate your offer of admission to UTM by joining us on campus, meeting the community that will support your transition to university life, and exploring your new home at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

The Department of Anthropology will have a drop-in lab as well as representatives for Arts (Social Science) programs and Science programs. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Do you prefer a paper-free visit?

If you prefer a paper-free visit, or if you can't make it to the event in person, our paper handout information is available online!

View Anthropology handout information


  • Anthropology drop-in lab: in Davis Building (DV) room 2045 from 11:00am 2:00pm
  • Anthropology Science table in Instructional Centre (IB) from from 10:30 am  2:00 pm
  • Updated location: Anthropology Arts (Social Science) table in the CCIT Building from 10:30 am  2:00 pm
  • View map showing Anthropology tables and lab

Register for Discover Your Future


Adam Rodricks and promotion for Sweats to Suits Conference at UTMAttention graduating UTM Anthropology students and recent graduates: The UTM Career Centre wants you to be confident in your next steps by hosting a conference tailored for you called Sweats To Suits!   

Sweats to Suits: Job Search Conference – In Person  

  • Dates: May 4 - 6, 2022  
  • Cost: FREE for all U of T Students and recent grads (registration is limited, already 75% capacity)  
  • Location: In Person at UTM, MN1270  
  • Target audience: Graduating students (June/November 2022) and recent graduates (up to two years)  

The Sweats to Suits Job Search Conference is a great opportunity to kick start your job search; hear from recruiters and recent alumni about their experiences and practice interview and networking skills as you transition into the workforce. We also have lots of prizes to win and lunches provided each day.  

  • Day 1 Theme: Kick Start Your Job Search   
  • Day 2 Theme: Recruitment Process   
  • Day 3 Theme: Transitioning to the World of Work  

View event details on the Career Centre website

Keynote Speaker: Adam Rodricks  

Adam Rodricks, National Lead, Digital Marketing Services, KPMG / Digital Marketing Professor / Digital & Social Media Leader and U of T Grad will be our keynote speaker for Sweats to Suits.  

Register at: 


The Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and the UTM Library present:

UTM Annual Celebration of Books

medical anthropology and cover of The History and Bioethics of Medial Education "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught"Wednesday, April 20, 2022, from 1:00–3:00 PM. This event will be recorded via Zoom.

The eighth annual Celebration of Books will gather our campus community to honour the authors and editors of recent scholarly monographs. The Celebration of Books will be virtual this year. Faculty, librarians, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and students are all welcome to attend.

Included in this year's celebration is The History and Bioethics of Medical Education "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught", co-edited by UTM Anthropology professor Dr. Madeleine Mant.

Registration: View event details and register for the Celebration of Books.


BIPOC Scholars Working in Archaeology: a panel discussion at UTM

Monday, April 4, 2022 from 11am-1pm in DH2070

BIPOC Scholars working in anthropologyLisa Small, the course instructor of ANT380H5S African Diaspora Archaeology at UTM, has arranged an informative panel discussion with four BIPOC scholars who are working in archaeology. The panelists will share their experiences in the discipline, and discuss how archaeology can promote diversity going forward. We hope to see you there!

Registration: Register for this African Diaspora Archaeology event at the UTMAS registration site.

On the day of the event: please check in with Dr. Michael Brand at the door, and be prepared to show your UCheck green screen when you arrive at the classroom.


The UTM Anthropology Society in partnership with the UTM Career Centre present

Anthropology Career Session: Excavate and Discover Your Career Path

woman holding a laptopFriday, April 1, 2022 from 3-4pm (online)

Are you wondering what you can do with your HBA or HBSc Anthropology degree? Join us for this informative career event organized with the UTM Career Centre!

Featuring alumni guests:

  • Communications Manager for the city of Aurora
  • Data Scientist for FD Technologies
  • Team Lead, Public Affairs and Communications at University Health Network

Registration: Register for this event and other UTMAS activities by visiting the UTMAS registration site.


The Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto presents

The 2022 Anthropology Colloquium Series

2022 colloquium seriesAudiences: Alumni and Friends, Community, Faculty, Graduate Students, Staff, Undergraduate Students.


  • January 21 (2-4 PM): Dr. Robin Gray (SCL)
  • February 4 (2-4 PM): Dr. Lisa Maher (ARC)
  • February 18 (2-4pm): Dr. Constantine V. Nakassis (LING)
  • March 4 (2-4 PM): Dr. Gaston Gordillo (SCL)
  • March 18 (2-4pm): Dr. Karen Milek (ARC)
  • April 1 (2-4 PM): Dr. Travis Steffens (EVO)

Registration: View details and register for these event on Eventbrite.


The UTM Anthropology Society annual election season is here!

UTMAS (UTM Anthropology Society) elections for 2022-2023 executive positions

gain experience with UTMASPlease see the PDF poster for available positions and brief descriptions of basic duties for each position. All positions are CCR-approved, provide you with new leadership, and networking experiences and skills. This opportunity will allow you to strengthen community within UTM by building connections with faculty, and professionals in anthropology. 

Important Deadlines: 

  • Nomination Period: March 14th to 18th 
  • A Virtually Recorded All Candidates Meeting will be held, between  March 18th or March 19th
    • You MUST attend this meeting if you are running.
    • Candidates can proxy if they are unable to attend the meeting (must be sent in advance).
  • Campaign Period: March 21st to March 25th
  • Voting Period: March 28th to March 31st 7th (8:00am-11:59pm)

Interested in running? View our UTMAS webpage for information on the nomination package.


The Trinity Integrated Sustainability Initiative invites you to join in the conversation! 

Sustaining Conversations

Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 7:00-8:30 pm EST (online)

Audience: Academic Community, All Students, Faculty & Staff, Trinity Community

View event poster (PDF)

Archbishop Mark MacDonald and Dr. Stephen Scharper
Archbishop Mark MacDonald (L) and Dr. Stephen Scharper (R). All rights reserved.

In this upcoming session of the Sustaining Conversations Series, Dr. Stephen Scharper, Director of the Trinity Integrated Sustainability Initiative, sits down with guest speaker Archbishop Mark MacDonald to discuss the intersections among Sustainability, Faith, and ongoing Reconciliation in the Canadian context. Chloe Kapanen, Trinity Sustainability Initiative Intern and member of Environmental Students' Union, will serve as respondent.

Archbishop Mark MacDonald is the National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop for the Anglican Church of Canada as well as the North American President for the World Council of Churches. Archbishop Mark MacDonald has published several works on multiculturalism and Evangelism, sacral connections between faith and environment, and Indigenous youth ministries.

Registration: Register using the online form.

The Anthropology Graduate Student Union at U of T presents

2022 Medusa Graduate Conference: Re-emergence and Return

March 22-25, 2022 via Zoom

medusa conference logoThis annual event provides an excellent opportunity for early-career conference and networking experience in a collegial and interdisciplinary environment for graduate students at the University of Toronto.


  • Panel 1 - Emerging Collaborations and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Research
  • Panel 2 - Returning Crisis, Futurity, White Supremacy, and Mutual Aid
  • Panel 3 - Changing Technologies and Techniques of Social Interactions
  • Panel 4 - Identity Formulations and Community-Building
  • Panel 5 - World and Home Making; Storytelling
  • Panel 6 - Structures of Identity and Resistance

Conference details and registration: Learn more about the conference schedule, speakers, panels and registration on the Medusa Graduate Conference website.


The Centre for Student Engagement at UTM presents

Student Programming Planning Interactive Exhibition (SPPIE) at UTM

  • Date: Friday March 11, 2022
  • Location: Gym A/B in the Recreation, Athletics & Wellness Centre (RAWC)
  • Time: 9:00AM - 2:00PM

The UTM Department of Anthropology will have faculty and staff representatives at this event. Visit us to ask questions and learn about Anthropology HBA and HBSc programs at UTM.

decorative imageUTM undergraduate students: are you exploring your program options? The Student Program Planning Interactive Exhibition (SPPIE) is here to help! SPPIE is an interactive exhibition for you to learn more about program planning and get an intro to planning your career path. Through this event, you will have an opportunity to engage with Career Advisors, Department Representatives, UTM Alumni and Academic Advisors to get all the information you need to assist in your program planning journey. SPPIE will be taking place in a hybrid model -- both in-person and virtually on March 11th, 2022!

Registration: View event details and register for the SPPIE on the Centre for Student engagement website.


The UTM Office of the Dean, Experiential Education Unit and Mississauga Library System are proud to present Lecture Me! a series of lectures by UTM Faculty

Psychopaths: Dangerous Social Predators or Stigmatizing Cultural Lore?    

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 from 7:00pm - 8:15pm

Professor Rasmus Larsen (Forensic Science)

Dr. Rasmus Larsen
Dr. Rasmus Larsen. Photo credit: David Lee
© 2019 University of Toronto. All Rights Reserved

Psychopathy is a psychiatric syndrome associated with chronic antisocial behaviors and a profound lack of conscience. A stereotypical psychopath is commonly described as a dangerous social predator, utterly incapable of empathy and remorse. In this talk, Dr. Larsen presents the surprising results from recent research, which he thinks not only challenges widespread beliefs about psychopaths, but also questions the existence of the syndrome itself.

Registration: Register for this event on Active Mississauga (Course barcode: 910287).


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

teddy bear and valentine chocolatesRoses Are Red... A UTMAS Valentine’s Day Fundraiser

  • Preorder onlineFebruary 7-11, 2022
  • Pick up and order day of: 1-4pm on February 11 & 14, 2022 in CCT Hallway


  • The Un-BEARably Cute Special (bear, heart balloon, rose, candy and custom card - $12)
  • Love is in the Air Special (Heart balloon, rose, candy and custom card $8)
  • Roses are Red Special (rose, candy and custom card $6)
  • Teddy Bear ($5)
  • Rose ($3)
  • Heart Balloon ($3)
  • Candy ($2.50)
  • Card ($2)

View samples and preorder:

View samples and preorder now by visiting the UTMAS registration site. Follow UTMAS on Instagram for the latest updates and announcements.


UTM Field School InformationThe UTM Anthropology Society presents

UTM Field School Information Session

Friday, February 4, 2020 from1-2pm EST via Zoom

If you missed this session please check the UTMAS website for the video recording.

Dr. Michael Brand and Dr. Steven Dorland will questions regarding UTM Anthropology Field Schools and any opportunities that can come from engaging in fieldwork.

Registration: Participate in this event and other UTMAS events by visiting the UTMAS registration site.




The UTM Office of the Dean, Experiential Education Unit and Mississauga Library System are proud to present Lecture Me! a series of lectures by UTM Faculty

Community-engaged Learning with a local Indigenous Community

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 7-8:15pm

  • Professor Sherry Fukuzawa, Department of Anthropology
  • Professor Nicole Laliberte Geography, Geomatics, & Environment
  • Councillor Veronica King-Jamieson, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

Our Community-engaged Research project by the Indigenous Action Group examines the research question: How does a course focused on Indigenous Ways of Knowing in a context of local Indigenous placemaking affect long-term Indigenous-related cultural competencies of undergraduate students?   

Register for this event on Active Mississauga (Course barcode: 910286)


The Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto presents the first event of their 2022 Colloquium Series:

Dr. Robin Gray: "Repatriating Indigenous Cultural Heritage: a Case of Ts’msyen Songs"

Friday, January 21, 2022 from 2-4pm via Zoom 

Register for this event on Eventbrite. Audiences: Alumni and Friends, Community, Faculty, Graduate Students, Staff, Undergraduate Students.

Dr. Robin Gray. Credit Drew Lesiuczok.
Dr. Robin Gray. Photo credit: Drew Lesiuczok.

The repatriation of Indigenous cultural heritage,ranging from bodies and objects to knowledge, isa socio-cultural, spiritual, and political priority forIndigenous communities worldwide. While Indigenous peoples have had varying levels of success securing the release of their ancestors and belongings from captivity, the repatriation of intangible heritage such as song is relatively new terrain. Drawing on research from an ongoing case study to repatriate a single collection of Ts’msyen songs from multiple archives with, by, and for Ts’msyen from Lax Kw’alaams, B.C., this talk will offer considerations about the colonizing properties of intellectual property laws, the reach of Indigenous dispossession in the archive, and why Indigenous laws should be respected as precedent for ownership, access, and control of Indigenous cultural heritage.

Dr. Robin R. R. Gray is Ts’msyen from Lax Kw’alaams, BC, and Mikisew Cree from Fort Chipewyan, AB. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and holds non-budgetary cross-appointments with the Graduate Faculty of Sociology and the Department of Anthropology at the University ofToronto St. George. Dr. Gray’s current research projects focus on the repatriation of Ts’msyen songs from archives, and foundational issues related to the preservation, management, ownership, access, and control ofIndigenous cultural heritage. She is working on her first book manuscript tentatively titled, Rematriation:Indigenous Law, Property, and Nationhood.

Note: you can view the upcoming 2022 Colloquium series events on Eventbrite.


The Experiential Education Unit, UTM Office of the Dean in partnership with the
Mississauga Library System present

Professor Sarah Hillewaert: Yoga as Development for Africa?

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 7:00-8:15pm

Via virtual library - webex: Register at | Registration code 883695

Professor Hillewaert studies the introduction of yoga and mindfulness as new forms of development in Eastern Africa. She explores why North American yoga practitioners travel to countries like Kenya to teach yoga and mindfulness and considers how local communities
respond to these new ideas. What negotiating is required for “yoga as development” projects to be successful? And what does this trend tell us about the changing stakes of humanitarianism today?


Visit Anthropology at the Experiential Education Fair

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 10:30am via Zoom.  

Are you interested in an ANT318H5, our archaeological field school? Visit our Anthropology drop-in virtual table to learn about experiential learning opportunities offered by UTM Anthropology.

UTM's Experiential Education Fair is an opportunity for students to learn about the wide range of opportunities available to them.

Registration: You can register for the Experiential Education Fair on UTM's Experiential Education Unit website.


The UTM Anthropology Society (UTMAS) presents

Picnic with the Profs!

Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 11am-12pm

Come out to meet Prof. Sarah Hillewaert, Prof. Madeleine Mant, and Prof. Steven Dorland! 

The first 10 people to sign up will receive an UberEats gift card at the event.

View Announcements on the UTMAS website for event details and registration information.


Eagle Orientation with UTM Anthropology

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 (online)

UTM Anthropology will participate at UTM's Academic Department Orientation. Attend our session to learn about our programs and all that anthropology has to offer. We'll be available to any questions you might have.

Please visit the UTM Eagle Orientation page for information on how to attend orientation events.


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Congratulations to UTMAS on receiving a Dean's Choice Award for academic student societies in 2021!

UTMAS hosted and participated in over 20 events and initiatives in the 2020-21 academic year! The dedication and professionalism of the team led to UTMAS being awarded a UTM Dean's Choice Award for academic student societies. A big congratulations to UTMAS on an incredibly successful year!

Please take a moment to read the UTMAS end of year blog post for a message from the executive to the UTM Anthropology community as this academic year comes to an end.