The Series

February 25, 2019

Are you  your brain? How neuroscience transforms us Johanna Pokorny How neuroscientists think about thinking in the lab using complex technologies has profound impacts on how we act in everyday and ordinary ways. This talk will explore how the brain has become viewed as the location of personhood, and how neuroimaging technologies used in neuroscience... Continue Reading →

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January 28, 2019

From Small Groups to Supercities: The Energy that Fuelled Human Transition Simon L'Allier How do we explain that some human groups contain about a hundred individuals, while some cities may be filled with 33 million people? In other primate groups, increases in group size lead to growing competition over food resources and larger energy expenditures... Continue Reading →

November 26, 2018

Growing Old Between Two Worlds: How to Age "Successfully" in the Pacific Vanessa Maloney What does it mean to age 'successfully'? We like to think of ageing as a biological process, but anthropologists have shown through cross-cultural comparison that 'growing old' is profoundly shaped and influenced by our culture. Our ideas surrounding what it means... Continue Reading →

Announcing the 2018-2019 Series

We are pleased to announce our line up for this season. Please note the dates below, more details will be released each month. November 26, 2018 Growing old between two worlds: how to age “successfully” in the Pacific Vanessa Maloney January 28, 2018 From small groups to supercities: the energy that fueled human transition Simon... Continue Reading →

Call for Speakers

Welcome to another year of the Got Anthropology? Speaker Series! We are now looking for speakers for the 2018-2019 lineup. As attendees of our past events know, this speaker series is different in that it is not just about explaining your own research, but rather about developing and delivering a presentation on something that the... Continue Reading →

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 →

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