Learning Community Seminar – Friday, January 29

Emily Dean

PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, UBC
Friday, January 29th 2010 3:30 – 4:30pm, Anso 202


DhRp-52 is a 5,000 year old village site located within traditional Katzie Territory. My research used lithic tools to help delineate temporal and spatial components within the site’s deposits. This approach was useful at detecting differences in tool assemblage composition between three temporal components and between the spatial components in the latest occupation. Interestingly, differences in tool assemblage composition between the spatial components in the middle occupation could not be detected through tool sub-assemblage composition. These findings and their implications will be discussed during this presentation.


CFP: UBC Anthropology Graduate Student Conference

The Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC invites submissions for a one-day Graduate Student Conference to be held on March 20, 2010, on the topic of:

Critical Engagement: Ethics, Practice, and Politics

Academic engagement in the political sense of the term is ambiguous.  While often concerned with issues of social justice and problematic policies, research by social scientists often tends to be read only by other social scientists.  This raises the question of how academic research actually ‘helps’ the communities, organizations, and individuals studied.  Is knowledge for knowledge’s sake truly beneficial?  And if so, how can the in-depth perspective we pride ourselves on be made relevant to the wider society?

The meaning of engagement has itself changed over time, and engagement becomes increasingly entangled as we recognize the ethical dilemmas of academic research itself.  This academic year, the department of Anthropology at UBC is celebrating its 60th anniversary. This occasion is an opportunity for reflection on our role both within the university and outside.  Join us in a reassessment of the virtues and possibilities of academic knowledge and its creation.  Abstracts are invited from all disciplines, from a wide range of topics and geographic areas.

We seek papers from graduate students advanced undergraduate students IN ANY DISCIPLINE, and posters from all graduate students, which explore these topics. Senior scholars from across the discipline will comment upon the papers and convene discussions. The deadline for submissions is February 7th, 2010. Please email an abstract of up to 250 words, along with your name and (institutional) affiliation to:  anthconfubc@gmail.com

The conference website is:  https://www.arts.ubc.ca/Graduate_Student_Conference.10139.0.html
Find us on FaceBook at: UBC Anthropology Student Conference
Conference Registration Fee: $10

We are pleased to present the following guest speakers:
Keynote Address: Daniel Boxberger, Western Washington University
Opening Address: Chuuchkamalthnii (Ron Hamilton), Hupacasath First Nation

AGSA Meeting Minutes: January 20, 2010

1. Learning Community
This week Friday Jan 22rd at 3:30 pm at AnSo come see Steve Daniel at the Learning community. If you want to present this term contact Ashley.

2. Mickey Mouse Monopoly
The Anthropology Student’s Association is hosting a movie night, beer garden, and debate on Friday, January 22 from 7-9:30pm in Buchanan D – MASS (where we had the reception/beer garden last yr) . The movie is called “Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood and Corporate Power”. There will be free snacks and $2 beverages! Come and re-think your childhood favorites with us! (contact Sara if you have any questions). Here’s a link with a bit more information about the film: http:// ommerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=112

3. Update from Marie-Eve:
The Department voted to offer 3 year spousal appointments for our recent job candidates. The details need to be sorted out with the university, but before that, the candidates need to accept the offer! There was no grad representation on hiring because these were spousal appointments.

We need to check whether we can have some graduate students on the coming hiring (with the Faculty of Arts) for the positions of Assistant, Associate and Full Professorships in Aboriginal Scholarship and Engagement.

4. If anyone has issues to bring up at the GSC email Kenzie by Feb 2, 2010, the date of the next meeting.

5. Social Climbing Event- joint with SFU. Costs $20 for 2hrs will involve ropes, perhaps will occur on a Saturday, contact Meredith.

6. Sara is taking over the blog (update: Sara has taken over the blog)

7. Money/Conference: it has been decided that the AGSA will loan our funds to the graduate student conferencers this year, to avoid people having to pay out of their own pockets

8. Are there blue raspberries? Pat tells us that there is a purple raspberry in response to this question.