The Series

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 →


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 →

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 →

January 25, 2017

Trouble Brewing: Alcohol and the Law in North America Thomas Blennerhassett This talk explores the relationship between North Americans and some of their favourite beverages by examining the history of beer and spirits in law and in popular culture over the past century. From prohibition to modern advertising to the war on drugs, alcohol and... Continue Reading →

Announcing the 2016-2017 Series

Due to a late start in the year, the 2017 Got Anthropology? Speakers' Series will be a shorter season. We hope to have our October and November talks running again in 2017-2018. January 25, 2017 Trouble Brewing: Alcohol and the Law in North America – Thomas Blennerhassett February 15, 2017 Vandalism or Virtuosity? Graffiti and... Continue Reading →

April 20, 2016

Uneasy Markings: Thinking Through/Around Mental Health Stigma Peter Soles Muirhead Anti-stigma campaigns, movements, and research studies are visible throughout urban life--inescapable on the internet or on one's commute. They appear with increasing frequency in the policies and initiatives of corporations and public institutions alike. In a critical medical anthropological take on the topic, this talk... Continue Reading →

March 30, 2016

Indigenous Urbanness: Indigenous Women and Community in Tkaronto Jessica Cook What is the role of Indigenous women in urban spaces in Tkaronto? What does Indigenous community sustainability look like within an urban ‘environment’? How does an Indigenous community develop and sustain themselves as well as interact with ‘outside’ expectations of Indigenous-ness? This talk will address... Continue Reading →

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