Annual Undergraduate Anthropology Conference at UTM: Call for Submissions

Conference date: March 15, 2019 in DV3130

Are you looking for experience for your CV and a chance to present your work to those within your field?

The annual Anthropology Conference hosted by UTMAS will give you an opportunity to present and participate within workshops geared towards your subject of interest! Whether it’s a paper you have already written and would like to share or a traditional presentation/ poster board you can display within the conference workshop, this is an excellent opportunity to develop presentation skills and receive constructive feedback before your official presentations at the end of the term! Presentations are to be 5 - 10 minutes. We will be providing more information as the date draws nearer, with a general info session likely to  be held sometime mid-January. If you have any questions, please email us at

This year we are giving out prizes for best presentations. Hope to see you there!

Submit your application online.


Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Online Summer Courses 2019

The following courses may be of interest to Anthropology students:

NMC 277 Dealing with Death from Mesopotamia to Hiphop

This fully on-line course digs deep into the complex behaviors with which human beings around the world surround death. Using archaeological, historical and anthropological sources, we examine a wide range of actions such as human sacrifice, compassionate cannibalism, and pouring 40s, to see just what we can learn about ourselves from the dead. Why do we do such weird and wonderful things at – and long beyond – this intensely personal, yet supremely social, moment? And why do some actions seem to remain the same over thousands of years? From Gilgamesh to Tupac, ancient stories and current videos suggest that despite our differences, much the same concerns might be in play whoever, and wherever, we are. 

NMC 260 Why the Ancient Near East? Investigating the great transformations in pre- and proto- history Part I. 

This on-line course is the equivalent of the 4 hrs per week Fall session course. It entails a mandatory intensive weekend session in Toronto: 6hrs Sat + 6 Hrs Sun, June 1-2 2019.

This is an experiential course that asks what it would have been like for people in the ancient Near East as their world underwent the profound changes wrought by domestication, farming, urbanism, and state formation. We focus on the sensory experiences of the body and their effect upon the mind by reconstructing and using spaces and objects that have come to define the archaeological periods from 10,000 to 2500 BCE. From circular communal buildings and the constraints and possibilities they offer, to replastering skulls and making hand-held figurines, to the performance of a ritual text, we link traditional teaching with walking a mile in ancient footwear. Participation in this course requires an active imagination, and a willingness to get physical.

Visit the Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations website.