Got Anthropology? is not a traditional academic speakers’ series, because it is not about presenting your research to colleagues. We wish to provide the opportunity for students to practice engaging with the wider public by developing and delivering presentations that are entertaining, academically responsible, but above all, interesting. We welcome graduate students from the Department of Anthropology and all related fields, since you don’t need to be an anthropologist to think and study anthropologically!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 series, which will run between October and April (excluding December). Applications are due by October 5th, 2018, and will be reviewed by the Got Anthropology? Committee. Six speakers will be selected, please see below for further details.

If you wish to apply, please complete the Got Anthropology application, rename the PDF to include your last name or initials and the year, then return it to Any questions or technical issues with the application form can also be directed to this address.

Further Details for Applications and Presentations

  • Please download the online application to fill out the PDF, make sure to complete all sections. The form is not year specific, so please indicate the series you are applying for. We do not require a full CV or resume, but request a summary of relevant work.
  • AVOID JARGON. Remember that this is a public talk, so your content needs to be accessible to a wide audience. Even though applications will be reviewed by anthropologists, they should be written in lay terms to reflect how you will present your topic to the public. Proposals for academic research talks or conference presentations will not rank well in the review process.
  • For the “major messages” section of the application, include why you think the public would be interested in your topic. Think: why is my topic important? Why should people care? Connect your interests and research to common themes or concerns that people share. Current issues or hot topics are great to consider.
  • Include a catchy title. The title is half the work to draw public interest so take some time to think about it.
  • Talks must be approximately 50 minutes in length and have an accompanying presentation. A practice talk will be done with the committee prior to each event to help presenters with their content and visual aids.
  • All Got Anthropology? talks include advertising, social media releases, and a video recording of the event. Chosen speakers will be asked to provide images that they are comfortable sharing for promotional purposes, and to appear in a promotional video for their event. Please consider this information when developing your talk application and content.
  • Selected applicants will be notified of their event date, which will be based on the availability indicated on the application form. Got Anthropology? is a formal series involving considerable planning and communications, so notify the committee promptly if you have any scheduling concerns.

Past Got Anthropology? Talks

2013-2014 Series
Are Tattoos, Piercings, and other Body Modifications Natural?
Is it Really Possible to be an “Ethical” Consumer?
Disappearing Species: Saving Primates through Community Conservation
Avoiding the Robot Apocalypse: What is Technology?
Humanitarianism: A View from Anthropology
If Humans Evolved from Monkeys, Why are there Still Monkeys?

2013-2014 Series
Reproducing Culture: Capitalism, Power, and Hospital Births
Ghosts, priests, doctors, and witches: what we miss when we talk through science and Belief
Redefining Space and Self: A look at Street art, Ideology, and Banksy
From Apex Predator to Man’s Best Friend: tracing the journey of dog domestication
Why Being Big Boned is Beautiful: Osteoporosis from an Evolutionary Perspective

2015-2016 Series
Traditional Knowledge in the Canadian North: Ways of Knowing the Past, Present, and Future
From A to Zoonoses: How Diseases Travel from Animals to Humans
Animals and their By-Products: More than Just Resources
Consuming the Past: The Curious Relationships between Now and Then
Indigenous Urbanness: Indigenous Women and Community in Tkaronto
Uneasy Markings: Thinking Through/Around Mental Health Stigma

2016-2017 Series
Trouble Brewing: Alcohol and the Law in North America
Vandalism or Virtuosity? Graffiti and Archaeology in the Present
Constructing Diagnosis
Sabr: Pain and Palliation in the Islamic Middle East


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