Lunch Talks

Graduate Lunch Series: “Making Up Kinds of People Making Kinds of Things: The Origin of Anthropology and Ethnology” with Dr. Adam Kuper

Friday, November 15th, 2019 12:00 – 1:30 pm African Studies Seminar Room, Fifth Floor 232 Bay State Road Anthropology and ethnology were among the ‘human sciences’ that emerged in Europe in the 1820s and 1830s. The ethnologists looked to find a home for themselves in the new constellation of public museums. Their first theoretical debates […]

Graduate Lunch Series: “Eskimo Snow in Brazil: An Anthropological Perspective on Color and Race” with Dr. James P. Ito-Adler

Thursday, November 7th, 12:15 – 2:00 African Studies Seminar Room fifth Floor 232 Bay State Road James P. Ito-Adler is a social anthropologist who specializes in the study of Brazilian society and culture. His fieldwork experience includes work with the Japanese in Brazil, the Portuguese in Cambridge and Somerville, and Alaska Natives on the North Slope. […]

Graduate Lunch Series: “Harmful Comparisons: Frames of Genocidal Violence and the Intractability of Belonging in Germany” with Dr. Sultan Doughan

Friday, October 25th, 2019 12:00 – 1:30 pm African Studies Seminar Room, Fifth Floor 232 Bay State Road Anthropologists have recently attended to the phenomenon of national belonging by pointing to local practices in their transnational articulation as a complex claim to homeland or exclusion thereof. This paper aims to contribute to these debates by […]

Graduate Lunch Series: “Gender as Memory: Men and Women Making Relations after Wartime” with Martha Lagace

Friday, April 21 at 1:15 African Studies Seminar Room Anthropological accounts of African women’s travel away from home have noted how their men often interpret these activities disapprovingly as abandonment (e.g., Riesman 1998:219-220; Shaw 2002:163). Meanwhile, these societies tend to expect—and encourage—men to go about, for reasons including livelihood and independence. But what happens when […]

Graduate Lunch Series: “Nutritional Ecology of Forest-living Olive Baboons & Implications for Human Evolution” with Dr. Caley Johnson

Friday February 24th 2017, 1:15 pm African Studies Seminar Room (232 Bay State Rd. Room 505) Caley Johnson, Ph.D. Candidate and Adjunct Lecturer in Anthropology at the City University of New York (CUNY). As early hominins left forests and began forging life on the savanna, they fed in increasingly open habitats and their diets diversified, especially […]

Graduate Lunch Series: “Do Parents Matter?: Why Japanese Babies Sleep Soundly, Mexican Siblings Don’t Fight, and American Families Should Just Relax” with Robert & Sarah LeVine

Friday, December 9th, 12pm Anthropology Department, Room 102 Bob LeVine, a professor emeritus at Harvard, has studied child rearing practices in several African societies. He taught at BU from 2006 to 2009. Sarah LeVine, a long-time research associate at Harvard, has worked with mothers and children in Africa, Nepal, Mexico and India. Their previous co-authored […]

Graduate Lunch Series: “Listening vs Lingwashing: Promise, Peril, and Structural Oblivion in White South African Linguistic Nationalism” with Dr. Janet McIntosh

December 2nd, 2016, 12:00pm  Anthropology Department, PLS 102 In recent years a growing number of urban, liberal South African whites have expressed a wish to learn an indigenous language such as isiXhosa or isiZulu, often out of anxiety that their linguistic limitations have become embarrassing, even disabling, to their national belonging. Their efforts have been […]