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Department of Anthropology

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The unique skills and perspectives that an Anthropology degree provides is an understanding about how we are all shaped by the cultural, social, political, and historical contexts in which we live.


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Our anthropological research and graduate training program includes the archaeological, biological, and social cultural subfields.

'Emerging Adolescence' Event Heralded a Success

'Emerging Adolescence', the first virtual event to disseminate knowledge of adolescence was held on November 1-2, 2021.
Nov 04, 2021

Anthropology researchers are hosting a virtual workshop to study adolescence

Emerging Adolescence: A Virtual Workshop will explore ways that researchers can learn more about adolescence, and how this work can enhance the way anthropologists understand the past.
Oct 28, 2021

Dr. Yana Stainova 's New Book: Sonorous Worlds: Musical Enchantment in Venezuela

Sonorous Worlds is an ethnography of the young Venezuelan musicians who participate in El Sistema, many of whom live in urban barrios and face everyday gang violence, state repression, social exclusion, and forced migration in response to sociopolitical crisis. This book looks at how these young people engage with what the author calls “enchantment,” that is, how through musical practices they create worlds that escape, rupture, and critique dominant structures of power. Stainova’s focus on artistic practice and enchantment allows her to theorize the successes and failures of political projects through the lens of everyday transformations in people’s lives. -- From
Oct 18, 2021

To Commemorate the 4th Latin American Heritage Month in Canada, We invite you to Meet LANMU (Latin American Network at McMaster University!)

Join the Latin American Network at McMaster University (LANMU) on its first event "Meet LANMU" on Tuesday October 19th, 2021, from 5:00pm-6:30pm. Come and meet the faculty, staff and students associate with LANMU to learn what we are doing and how to get involved!
Oct 14, 2021

Dawn Martin-Hill has received the 2022 University of Oklahoma International Water Prize

Dr. Martin-Hill received the prize in recognition of her commitment to improving water security for the people of the Six Nations of the Grand River, the largest Native reserve in Canada.
Oct 05, 2021

COVID-19 crisis in Ontario long-term care homes was decades in the making

An analysis of Ontario’s long-term care (LTC) sector, involving nearly 100 interviews with residents’ families and frontline staff from across the province by Ellen Badone, has shown the structure and funding of nursing homes—over half of them for-profit—shaped the trajectory of the COVID-19 crisis.
Jul 13, 2021