AGSA Minutes – Dec.8th, 2008

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Anthropology Graduate Student Association

Meeting 8th December 2008



  1. AGSA Department Representative Updates

  2. Discussion Bio-Archaeology Candidates

  3. Graduate-Faculty Holiday Party

  4. Coffee Kiosk

  5. CASCA

  6. Other Business

    1. Learning Community

    2. Conference Travel Funds

  1. AGSA Department Representative Updates

Rafael provided an update on the potential purchase of a printer by AGSA. The cost of a new laser printer would run approximately $150-200 while black ink would cost about $90 per cartridge. It was suggested that the printer be put in a locked office in the AnSo building with a key accessible to graduate students of the anthropology department.

A suggested alternative to purchasing a printer would be purchasing an account (with a pass-code) for the existing printers in the photo-copy/print room. Possible problems with this, however, include a potentially undesirable increase in the volume of traffic in the photocopy room. Also, student access afterhours would be would be unavailable.

The third option, as discussed previously, is to use AGSA funds to purchase print/copy cards for graduate students.

  1. Discussion Bio-Archaeology Candidates

Closed discussion regarding bio-archaeology candidates.

  1. Graduate-Faculty Holiday Party

The graduate-faculty graduation/holiday party is taking place on Wednesday, December 10th from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the Penthouse in the GSS building.

  1. Coffee Kiosk

The coffee kiosk will be up and running by the first few weeks of the second semester. Nathalie has graciously taken on the responsibility of the organizing process. Email surveys regarding individual availability will be sent out to both graduate and undergraduate students in order to create a shift schedule. It is not known at this point if there will be enough student volunteers to keep the coffee kiosk open both in the morning and afternoon. The kiosk is enjoyed by many people in the building—especially on those cold winter mornings— and it is also a great means of income for AGSA. So anyone who can help out is encouraged to do so!

  1. CASCA

CASCA is taking place the 13th to the 16th of May at UBC and will be drawing in scholars from all over Canada. Natasha has encouraged anyone who has an extra bed or couch that they would like to offer CASCA participants during this time to email her and let her know.

  1. Other Business

    1. Learning Community

In order to optimize faculty and student turnout, the Learning Community series will be taking place on alternating Thursdays and Fridays in the upcoming semester. Pat has offered the 506 slot on Thursday from 11:30-1:00 for the talks, and on Friday they will be held from 4:00-5:30. Alternating days will give everybody an opportunity to attend and should not be a problem so long as there is much advertising. Finalization of the change is pending as Arianne will propose this schedule to both the faculty and Learning Community presenters.

    1. Conference Travel Funds

Discussion was held regarding the $3000.00 fund allotted for student conference travel next year. Concerning the distribution process, various criteria were agreed upon including: (1) there should be a limit as to the maximum sum granted (suggested at $300.00 per person); (2) priority should be given to students who do not have existing funding; (3) priority should also be given to students who have not received conference funds the year prior.

A primary concern is if the student conference travel funds will consistently be available on a yearly basis. Other concerns include how often a student is eligible to receive conference travel funds—it was suggested either once every degree, or once every two years. Further concern regards the allotment of funding to PhD students versus Master’s students. Any suggestions on the matter should be sent by email to Arianne. These issues, and others, will be discussed in greater detail in the first AGSA meeting of the next semester. It is the intention of AGSA to draft a formal proposal—representative of graduate student views—regarding the conference travel funds to be submitted to the faculty.

Next AGSA Meeting: TBA


Visiting International Fellowships in Social Justice

In order to foster the development of research in the area of social justice,
the School of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) at Glasgow Caledonian University
(GCU) has established a Visiting International Fellowship Scheme. Visiting
International Fellows will be established scholars who have a track record in
contributing to debates about social justice and will, normally, be active in the
following disciplines, Criminology, History, Law, Politics or Sociology. In
particular, research interest and expertise in the following fields will be most
welcome: health inequality, care, disability, human rights, poverty, diversity,
dignity at work, social history, the history of health and welfare, social
gerontology, citizenship, violence and security. LSS will welcome, particularly,
applicants who are interested in collaborative research with members of the
School. For more information about research and researchers in LSS visit:

An honorarium of 3,000 pounds sterling will be paid to applicants who stay at
GCU for up to one semester (circa 3 months). One Fellowship with Honorarium
will be awarded in any one calendar year. Fellows may be appointed for a
shorter period for up to one month but this will not attract an honorarium.
Applicants will be established academics and will normally be on paid sabbatical
leave from their employer. Successful applicants will be expected to pay their
travel costs to Glasgow and their accommodation and subsistence costs during
their stay. Visiting international Fellows will have full access to university
facilities and will be provided with appropriate space to conduct scholarly

Applications from persons from underrepresented and disadvantaged sections
of society are particularly encouraged. Successful applicants may need to
secure work permits and LSS would expect acknowledgement of its support for
any publications produced as a result of time spent at Glasgow Caledonian

Applications should be sent to Michelle Connolly, School Research Coordinator,
School of Law and Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow,
G4 OBA, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 141 331 3276

Applications for Visiting International Fellowships for up to one month that do
not attract an honorarium may be made at any point during the year.
Applications for the honorarium for any given calendar year must be submitted
by the end of January of the year in which the applicant expects the visit to
take place (e.g. 31st January 2009 for a 2009 fellowship). Please send a CV
plus a letter of application outlining your area of interest/expertise and
research plan for the duration of the visit. Applications may be submitted in
paper, by post or by email as an attachment. Email submission is preferred.

Michelle Connolly
School Research Co-ordinator
School of Law and Social Sciences
Glasgow Caledonian University
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA

T: 0141 331 3276
F: 0141 331 3439

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See the article here.

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Top 100 Anthropology Blogs

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last AGSA meeting – Monday 8th Dec, 2pm!

Greetings fellow anth-grads!

It’s the end of hair-tearing term, and time to regroup and reform a semblance of our collective sanity. Our final AGSA meeting for this year will take place on Monday, 8th December, at 4pm in the lounge (immediately after the last bioarchaeology lecture).


1. Department Rep. Updates
2. Discussion: Bioarch Candidates
3. Grad-Faculty Party!
5. Next Term’s Coffee Kiosk

Item #2 will be a particular focus: this is your chance to weigh in on the candidates, so don’t miss it.

Here’s hoping to see everyone’s bright and smiling faces on Monday!


m & n

ps. ok, so ‘bright and smiling’ might be pushing it, but it’d be great to see you all nonetheless 🙂

Funded PhD Opportunity- University College London

Museum Studies / Museum Anthropology / Digital Heritage

Project: Reanimating cultural heritage: digital repatriation, knowledge networks and civil society strengthening in Sierra Leone

Applications are invited for a 3-year full-time PhD studentship to be held at University College London in the field of Museum Studies / Museum Anthropology / Digital Heritage. The studentship is associated with a large project funded under the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s ‘Beyond Text’ programme, which is concerned with innovating ‘digital curatorship’ in relation to Sierra Leonean collections dispersed in the global museumscape. The project considers how objects that have become isolated from the oral and performative contexts that originally animated them can be reanimated in digital space alongside associated images, video clips, sounds, texts and other media. In partnership with the Department of Informatics at Sussex University, as well as the British Museum, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow Museums and collaborating institutions in Sierra Leone, a digital heritage resource will be created that utilizes social networking technologies to reconnect objects with disparate communities and foster reciprocal knowledge exchange across boundaries. Whereas the practice of ‘digital repatriation’ has become increasingly popular with museums, the reception of such initiatives by source communities has not been critically assessed. Thus, a crucial part of the project will be to employ innovative participatory methods to pilot and evaluate the digital resource in Sierra Leone. Further details of the project can be seen at

It is anticipated that the student will be involved in all aspects of the project, but will be able to shape the particular focus of the PhD research within the broader project objectives. To be eligible for a full award, which covers tuition fees and a maintenance grant (currently £14,500 per annum), applicants should be normally resident in the UK. Applicants should have a good first degree and, preferably, postgraduate experience in museum anthropology, material/visual culture studies, museum studies, or similar. A strong interest in cultural heritage technologies is essential and experience in computing will be an advantage. The studentship will be supervised by Dr Paul Basu and will be based in the Institute of Archaeology, though closely affiliated with the Department of Anthropology and UCL’s Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies. The studentship must start no later than 1 January 2009.

If you are interested in applying or for further information, please contact Paul Basu by email at or as soon as possible.