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Department of Anthropology


The Department of Anthropology Colloquia Series hosts local scholars and invited guests who cover engaging research from around the world. The series is designed to stimulate conversation and debate in a friendly environment. They are an excellent opportunity to learn about groundbreaking anthropological research, to meet and interact with scholars, and get inspired by what others are doing. Our Colloquia Series takes place in Gambrell Hall, Room 412 at 3:30pm, unless otherwise noted. All events are open to the public and include light refreshments. 


Dr. John Doering-White will be screening a film he collaborated on, Border South at the Indie Grits Festival at the Nickelodeon Theatre on Saturday, March 28th at 2:30. Tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

2:30 - Border South screening

5:00 - Hostile Terrain 94 Workshop

"Every year, hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants begin a treacherous journey northward, passing through Mexico to reach the United States. Director Raúl O. Paz Pastrana spent four years embedded with these migrants, capturing their day-to-day struggles as well as their ingenuity, courage, and grim humor. Met with resistance from increasingly hostile governments, and confronted by life-threatening circumstances, Pastrana’s subjects are steadfast in their resolve to reach the US."

There will also be a post-screening workshop at Richland Public Library Main Branch with the Hostile Terrain 94 installation at 5:00. It is free and open to the public.

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

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Gambrell Hall, Room 153

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.

Co-sponsored with the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology

Life Without Lead: Contamination, Crisis, and Hope in Uruguay

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Physical Science Building, Room 006

In this lecture, Dr. Daniel Renfrew, will present key findings from his recent book, Life without Lead:
Contamination, Crisis, and Hope in Uruguay (2018, University of California Press). The lecture examines the
social, political and environmental dimensions of a devastating lead poisoning epidemic in Uruguay. Dr. Renfrew situates the Uruguayan lead contamination crisis in relation to neoliberal reform, globalization, and the resurgence of the political Left in Latin America. Additionally, he traces the foundations and development of an environmental justice movement, and the local and transnational circulation of environmental ideologies and contested science. Through fine-grained ethnographic analysis, this lecture shows how combating contamination in Uruguay intersects with class politics, the relationship of lead poisoning to poverty, and debates over the best way to identify and manage an unprecedented environmental health crisis.

Co-Sponsored with The School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Institute for African American Research Presents: WHEN JUSTICE PREVAILS

Featuring Raymond Santana from the Exonerated Five (When They See Us Netflix Documentary)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

6:00 P - 8:00 PM

Karen J. Williams Courtroom - University of South Carolina School of Law - 1525 Senate Street - Room 103

Reception to follow

Thank you to our Co-Sponsors:

College of Arts & Sciences - Women's and Gender Studies Program - Center for Education and Equity of African American Students - Office of Multicultural Student Affairs - South Carolina Collaboration and Race and Reconciliation - Department of Anthropology - Center for Civil Rights History and Research - Theta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., - Department of Political Science - Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice - University of South Carolina School of Law


 Gambrell 412 [map] @ 3:00 - 4:30 - Reception afterwards

Courtney Lewis - "Sovereign Entreprennnnneurs: Cherokee Small Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty"

Marc Moskowitz - "Internet Video Culture in China: Youtube, Youku, and the Space in Between"



The Fight for Retreat: Urban Unbuilding in the Era of Climate Crisis
As the planet heats up and sea levels rise, climate change is rendering many places increasingly vulnerable -- even uninhabitable. Images of what the future might look like, of coastal cities swamped and abandoned, are easy to come by. Harder to imagine is how we will get there, how we will proceed in the meantime, and what these changes will look like at the level of daily life. How are decisions made about which areas to protect, and by what means? Who decides when it is time to retreat, to resettle somewhere safer? What are the social, political, and cultural consequences of these decisions? Drawing on an ethnographic study of communities that sought to move away from New York City's coastline after Hurricane Sandy, this talk explores how climate change is reshaping urban landscapes, where inequality and the density of people, infrastructure, and capital make the risks of climate change especially acute and adaptation a daunting challenge.


Liz Koslov is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, where she explores the social dimensions of climate change, questions of environmental and climate justice, and how cities are adapting to effects such as extreme weather and sea level rise. Her current book project, Retreat: Moving to Higher Ground in a Climate-Changed City, is under advance contract with University of Chicago Press. Related work has been published in Public Culture and Annals of the American Association of Geographers, and cited in outlets that include Scientific American and NPR. Prior to joining UCLA, Liz was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT. She holds a PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, where she was affiliated with the Institute for Public Knowledge and a member of the Superstorm Research Lab.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 3pm

Room: Jones 006

Co-sponsors: Dept. of Anthropology and the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment

When: Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Gambrell 412 [map]

Morgan Fluker - "Post-Summer Update on Mississippian Paleoethnobotanical Thesis"

Robert Lyerly - "Summer Research through Lithic Analysis: Processing Data Collected from Dorn Levee #1"


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