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Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events scheduled.

The Anthropology Conference scheduled for Friday, April 3, 2020 is cancelled

event cancellation

March 12, 2020 update: As part of the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information update for the U of T community, the University of Toronto is recommending cancellation or postponement of all discretionary events that are not required as part of courses and academic requirements, therefore the annual Anthropology Conference scheduled to take place on Friday, April 3, 2020 is cancelled.

Undergraduate students: consider submitting your research papers to the Young Anthropology Journal for publication!


Past Events

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

Regsiter for this event on the University College website.

Veronica King-Jamieson and Sherry FukuzawaIn 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.

Dr. Maurer

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.


UTMAS presents

archaeologists at excavation siteField 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 of elephant and two peopleDrawing 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.

View event details on Ethnography Lab website.


tree in snowVisit 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!


UTMAS and the Department of Anthropology present

Meet an Archaeologist and find out about graduate study opportunities: Dr. Karen Milek from Durham University in England

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 1-2pm in DV2045

Undergraduate students: are you interested in graduate studies overseas?

come meet an archaeologist

Dr. Karen Milek, Deputy Head of the Archaeology Department at Durham University in England will be visiting UTM to answer your questions about archaeology and to describe graduate study opportunities at Durham.

No registration required, just drop by!


ANT241H Closing Celebration of Community-Engaged Learning

Friday December 6, 2019 from 11am-2pm in MN Grand Hall

Everyone is welcome and the event is free.

Please register online for catering purposes.

students standing on grass outside Please come and join us for lunch with Keynote Speaker Councillor Cathie Jamieson from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and Dr. Andrew Judge, Director of Indigenous Studies, Conestoga College & Minjimendan: Sustainable Indigenous Food Garden.

Learn about community-engaged learning with a local Indigenous Community through student presentations and posters.

Tentative itinerary:

  • 11am Opening by Elder Garry Sault, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
  • 11:15am Opening remarks by Dr. Andrew Judge, Conestoga College
  • 11:30-12:15pm Keynote address by Councillor Cathie Jamieson, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
  • 12:15 -12:45pm Student Presentations
  • 12:45-2pm Lunch & Poster Presentations


Toronto Undergraduate Geography presents

tree and plants in buildingNature anyone? Biophilia, Wellness, and the Overcoming of Nature Deficit Disorder

Monday, December 2, 2019 from 6:30-8:00pm

OISE 5290, St. George campus

In this student-led seminar Professor Stephen Scharper will speak about the value of nature to humans.

View the event page on Facebook.


Dr. Mary Barker, Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Science on the impact of early life environment on children’s health and well-being

Friday November 29, 10:30-12:30 in MN 3230.

Coffee and light lunch will be provided.

Students are welcome to attend!

Dr. BarkerPlease join us for this seminar and lunch event with Dr. Mary Barker, Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Science.

“As a psychologist, I am interested in finding effective ways to support young men and women to become better nourished, both for their own health and well-being and for the growth and long-term health of their children.”

Dr. Barker will present highlights from her extensive research and join co-hosts Dr. Tina Malti, Department of Psychology, and Dr. Tracey Galloway, Department of Anthropology, for an informative discussion of the impact of early life environment on children’s health and well-being.

UTMAS presents

Anthropology Graduate School Information Session

grad school info sessionThursday, November 28, 2019 from 10am - 12pm in IB 150

Undergraduate students: are you curious about the process of applying to graduate school for studies in Anthropology? Come to our information session to find out!

Professors presenting at the info session:

  • Prof. Sarah Hillewaert
  • Prof. Andrea Muehlebach
  • Prof. Esteban Parra
  • Prof. Lauren Schroeder

UTMAS presents

A meet and greet with your Anthropology professors!

Tuesday November 26th from 2-4 pm in HSC 366

meet your professorsCome out and get to know your professors better! Discuss their areas of research, how they got to where they are, and gain valuable advice from those successful in the field. 

Don’t miss out on this great networking experience and broaden your knowledge and prospects in Anthropology! 

This is also a great opportunity to meet fellow anthro students!

Faculty participating include:

  • Dr. Muehlebach (Sociocultural)
  • Dr. Dorland (Archaeology)
  • Dr. Perra (Biological)
  • Dr. Rogers (Forensics)

Ontario Archaeological Society Toronto Chapter Meeting

The Untapped Potential of Legacy Collections: Ongoing Zooarchaeological Research at UTM

A talk by Dr. Trevor J. Orchard, PhD

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm

19 Russell Street, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Rm. 246

Collection storage. Photo © Dr. Trevor J. Orchard. All rights reserved.The Department of Anthropology at UTM houses substantial collections of archaeological materials resulting from past research excavations, field school activities, and cultural resource management (CRM) projects throughout southern Ontario. Many of these collections include large samples of faunal material that have, in the past, been subject to only minimal analyses.

In this presentation, Dr. Orchard will provide an overview of these collections and the zooarchaeological facilities at UTM, and will discuss his ongoing, long-term research aimed at completing much more detailed zooarchaeological analyses of many of these collections. Beyond providing interesting insights into past subsistence and economic activities at individual sites, these data and collections are increasingly contributing to larger, collaborative research projects. These collaborative projects are providing fascinating insights into regional patterns in subsistence economy and historical ecology, through the use of modern analytical techniques including GIS analysis, and analyses of stable isotopes and ancient DNA.

All interested persons may attend the Toronto Chapter meeting free of charge. View event details on the OAS website. 

Turtle Island Journal of Indigenous Health and University of Toronto Mississauga presents:

A Morning with Elder Be'sha Blondin (Sahtú Region of Northwest Territories) and Elder Albert Marshall (Eskasoni First Nation)

Elder Be'sha Blondin and Elder Albert MarshallFriday, November 8, 2019 from 10am-1pm in Maanjiwe Nendamowinan, MN3230

Elder Be'sha Blondin will speak about the North West Territories and Arctic First Nations communities and the issues these communities are facing.

Elder Albert Marshall will be speaking about moving Two-Eyed Seeing from theory to practice.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1pm.

Register now as spaces are limited. 

For more information please email

Visit Anthropology at UTM's Fall Campus Day Event

Instructional Centre

Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 11:00am - 3:30pm

Prospective students, parents, and teachers: be sure to visit us at UTM's Fall Campus Day! UTM Anthropology representatives can provide you with information about Anthropology Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) and Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) programs, courses, student activities, and possible career paths.

  • Attend our presentation by Dr. Madeleine Mant: 12:30 pm-1:00 pm in Deerfield Hall 2070.
  • Visit the Anthropology Social Science (HBA) table at Maanjiwe Nendamowinan.
  • Visit the Anthropology Life Science (HBSc) table at the Instructional Centre.
  • Visit the Anthropology Drop-in Lab at Davis Building room 2045 (enter via 2047V).

Registration is required for Fall Campus Day. Visit the UTM Fall Campus Day webpage for more details and registration information.

Visit Anthropology at UTM's Experiential Education Fair

Experiential Learning in Anthropology

Wednesday, October 21, 2019 from 12-4pm in the Maanjiwe nendamowinan Grand Hall

Undergraduate students: drop by the Anthropology table at the UTM Experiential Education Fair for information about unique and rewarding experiential learning opportunities in Anthropology.

Visit the UTM Experiential Education Fair website for more details about the event.

Panel: Sustainability and the Sacred

STTPA conference

Wednesday October 16, 2019 at 4:30pm in MN 312

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 2pm in MN3120

Stephen Scharper and Hilary Cunningham of UofT's Department of Anthropology will be hosting and moderating two panels on "sustainability and the sacred" featuring seven panelists from across North America to provide various perspectives on this topic.

The panels are part of the Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice, and Action (STTPA) conference being hosted at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.

Climate Talks at UTM

Monday, September 23, from 5–7 PM

Location: KN137 UTM

(with sustainable refreshments at reception from 4:00 – 5:00 PM)

Kaneff Building at UTM CampusThree 15 minute TED-style Climate Change Talks followed by group discussion

The Host for the evening will be Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean, Amrita Daniere, UTM.

The Moderator will be Stephen Bede Scharper, Associate Professor, School of the Environment and Anthropology (UTM) and co-instructor of sustainability ethics for MScSM.

The panelists are:

Pegeen Walsh
Executive Director at Ontario Public Health Association

John Robinson
Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Professor, School of the Environment
Presidential Advisor, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability

Jae Page
Alumna, MScSM program at UTM
Currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Geography and Planning at U of T

Nahnebahnequa (1824-1865)
Standing Up for the First Nations: "the Upright Woman," Her formative years at the Old Credit Mission.

The event is free, but spaces are limited so please register online for this event.

Nahebahwequay/Catherine Sutton.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

  • Presentations 1-3pm
  • Reception 3-4pm

Location: Great Hall in the Maanjiwe Nendamowinan Building (formerly the New North Building) 

Please join us for Professor Donald Smith’s lecture on Nahnebahnequa (1824-1865).

  • Dr. Smith is professor emeritus at the University of Calgary, & author of “Sacred Feathers” & “Mississauga Portraits: Ojibwe Voices from Nine-teenth-Century Canada” .
  • Elder Garry Sault, MCFN will open the course ANT241H.
  • Councillor Veronica King-Jamieson, MCFN will speak on the importance of community-engaged learning.