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Department of Anthropology


Leland Ferguson Lecture in Historical Archaeology Presents: Dr. Laurie Wilkie - Black in Blue: Buffalo Solider, Citizenship, and Necropolitics at Ft. Davis, Texas 1867-1875  

In 1869, black men who enlisted in the peacetime US army to enforce Reconstruction in the south found themselves transferred to remote West Texas. Military service provided an important opportunity for black men to participate in the performance of "martial manhood" so intrinsic to proving claims to citizenship in the US. Historians have debated whether these soldiers faced racialized discrimination in the military, with prominent scholars falling on both sides of the argument. Archaeological research in and around one of the barracks at Fort Davis, NHS, Texas provides insights into the ways that individuals and companies asserted their rights to citizenship as well as the ways individuals in concert with institutionalized practices sought to deprive them of their freedom, health, and even lives.

Dr. Laurie Wilkie is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley 

BSI Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Carlina de la Cova

Dr. Carlina de la Cova was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars (BSI) International literary society during their annual BSI Weekend (January 15-19, 2020) in New York City (a celebration of Sherlock Holmes's birthday). There are only a little over 300 members in the organization. The BSI was the first Sherlockian literary society in the world.

The Baker Street Irregulars literary society is dedicated to the study of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Victorian world. Founded in 1934, the BSI is the oldest Sherlockian society in the world. [They] publish a wide range of scholarship related to Sherlock Holmes, and produce various events including the BSI Weekend every January.The BSI is an international literary society. BSI Scion Societies are local groups affiliated with the BSI. Membership to Scions is determined by each local group. Membership in the BSI international group is by invitation only. [They] do not take membership applications.( )

"The Baker Street Irregulars are fictional characters who appear in various Sherlock Holmes stories, as street boys who are employed by Holmes as intelligence agents.” (Wikipedia)

Dr. de la Cova is also a member of the following BSI Scion Societies: His Last Bow, the Prior Teachers, Vatican Cameos, the Illustrious Clients, and Hounds of the Baskervillle (sic).

 Photo credit: William Walsh. Certificate by Dr. de la Cova

Congratulations to Dr. Courtney Lewis

Courtney Lewis, anthropology and Institute for Southern Studies, presented the James A. Cooper Memorial Lecture in Cherokee Studies, “Creating Sovereign Entrepreneurs,” at Western Carolina University.

Congratulations to our three 2019-2020 Bilinksi Awardees

 Russell and Dorothy Bilinski believed that education was a means to obtain independence and this is the legacy they wished to pass on to others. Each Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship is worth $30,000; a modest stipend of $1,250 will also be provided to each fellow to support dissertation research and completion. Students enrolled in any of the College’s Doctor of Philosophy programs in the humanities and social sciences may be nominated.  

Tiffany Jones  - Title: Placemaking through Performance: Spoken Word Poetry and the Reclaiming of “Chocolate City”

Anais Parada - Title:The Puruhá Entrepreneurs of Ecuador: Creating and Contesting the Boundaries of Indigenous Identities Through Dress  

Kristina Zarenko - Title: The Impacts of Migration and Racialization on Skeletal Manifestations of Disease in 19th and 20th Century St. Louis, Missouri 

Congratulations to our Anthropology SPARC Recipient

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the SPARC Graduate Research Grant is a merit-based award designed to ignite research and creative excellence across all disciplines at USC. The overall objective of the SPARC Graduate Research Grant is to provide support and to encourage outstanding students to develop proposals to enhance their research experience during their graduate career at the University of South Carolina.

Madeline Atwell – Title: Mental Institutionalization and Health: Biocultural perspectives of skeletal trauma and disease from state hospitals in teh 20th-century United States


Congratulations to Leland Ferguson, Emeritus, Univ. of South Carolina, Department of Anthropology

Leland Ferguson received the J. C. Harrington Medal in Historical Archaeology for his lifetime contributions and dedication to historical archaeology at the Society for Historical Archaeology's 50th Annual Conference on Historical & Underwater Archaeology in Fort Worth, Texas, January 6, 2017.

Tiffany Jones

Tiffany Jones has been awarded the AAA (American Anthropological Association) Minority Awards Committee.

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