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Got Anthropology?

We want Torontonians who otherwise may not visit the University of Toronto to feel that they can engage with our department and the research that’s being done here. We have a responsibility to be available, to open the doors and give back in that way.  ~Kim Valenta, 2014~ Got Anthropology? was founded in 2013 with... Continue Reading →

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March 28, 2018

Mango Trees and Jealousy Fees: Inequitable Entanglements and Development Aid in Northern Uganda Sarah O'Sullivan This talk explores the recent mushrooming of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) in northern Uganda and their impact on post-conflict life, especially for Acholi people living with HIV. In recent years, there has been a large retraction of funding... Continue Reading →

February 28, 2018

Reefer Madness? Facts, Fictions, and Myths about Medical Cannabis Walter Callaghan Is cannabis addictive?  Can cannabis cause schizophrenia?  The answers to these questions are not as simple as are frequently portrayed by psychiatry and addiction counselors, some of whom seem to resort to a form of fear-based messaging that stretches and distorts the available evidence.  This... Continue Reading →

January 31, 2018

Anti-Vax, Pro-White Privilege: Expat Communities as Enclaves of Disease Outbreak in Mexico Sarah Williams Public opinion and discourse within medical institutions often cast “anti-vax” communities as lacking in education and an understanding of the science behind immunology, and situate the burgeoning problem of un- or under-vaccinated children as one that can be solved via mandatory... Continue Reading →

Introducing the 2018 Series

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! With 2018 now well underway, we are excited to announce the start of the Got Anthropology? seminar series in partnership with the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library (239 College Street). A schedule of all presenters and the proposed titles of their talks can be found... Continue Reading →

Call for Volunteers for 2017-2018

Our latest season is now in the works! Traditionally, the series is coordinated and run by graduate students in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, but please let us know if you are interested in joining regardless of affiliation. Our primary mandate for the upcoming series is to increase the accessibility of... Continue Reading →

April 19, 2017

Sabr: Pain and Palliation in the Islamic Middle East Elisabeth Feltaous Palliative care and the rhetoric of dying with dignity has proliferated in the past 20 years in the Western world yet progress has been slow in the Middle East.  This talk examines the Human Rights discourse of dying with dignity and contrasts it with... Continue Reading →

March 29, 2017

Constructing Diagnosis Kaitlyn Vleming This talk draws on Kaitlyn's research on polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) as well as other examples to explore how social-cultural anthropologists look at medical diagnoses. Diagnostic categories are situated in particular historical and social contexts (for example, social ideas about gender permeate categories such as "women's health" or the designation of... Continue Reading →

February 15, 2017

Vandalism or Virtuosity? Graffiti and Archaeology in the Present Samantha Easy This talk explores the history of graffiti in North America and its place in contemporary culture through an archaeological lens. It is an art form that is simultaneously condemned, condoned, illegal, legal and widely familiar to many of us. This talk asks us to... Continue Reading →

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