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Mac Anthro Graduate receives Prestigious Postdoctoral Funding

Recent McMaster Anthropology alumnus, Dr. Dorian Juric, has been granted three prestigious awards to fund various portions of his upcoming postdoctoral research. A Social Sciences and Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship will be bringing him to the University of Ottawa this summer, while a Harry Frank Guggenheim Distinguished Scholar Award and a Wenner Gren Post PhD Research Grant will be funding various aspects of his digital and in-person field work. Dr. Juric’s forthcoming research is focused on longue durée historical and cultural formulations elicited in nativist aggression and anti-migrant folklore in a long-standing border region bridging the nations of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.
Apr 30, 2021

Anthropology Professor, Hendrik Poinar, is a recipient of the New Frontiers in Research Fund - Exploration 2019 Grant

The grant is for Poinar's research, which is called Ancient memory: "Reconstructing the antibody repertoires of ancient humans to probe infectious diseases of the past"
Apr 27, 2021

Remembering Douglass Paul Michael Drozdow-St Christian

Former McMaster Anthropology PhD graduate & Professor Emeritus Western University Anthropology passed away Wednesday March 3, 2021 at his home in Stratford Ontario. Drozdow-St Christian "was an accomplished poet who once shared the stage with the Dalai Lama, an activist trained to diffuse tense situations in the heady civil rights, queer liberation and peace protest days of 1960s and 70s. Douglass was also a rare gay elder, a man of a certain age who lived through and miraculously survived the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s. He supported, cared and advocated for and lost countless friends and loves during the AIDS crisis and beyond." -W.G. Young funeral home. Our condolences to his friends and family
Apr 01, 2021

Yana Stainova on Musical Enchantment in Venezuela

This podcast is an interview with Yana Stainova about her book Sonorous Worlds: Musical Enchantment in Venezuela which will be published in October 2021. The book studies how young people coming of age in the urban barrios of Caracas use music and stories to push back against the forces of everyday violence, social exclusion, and state repression.
Mar 31, 2021

AJPA Editor’s Choice: McMaster Anthropology

McMaster anthropologist and former graduate students’ work on intersectionality in bioarchaeology has been selected as Editor’s Choice in American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
Mar 05, 2021

Why is the Ford government making long-term care homes more like jails?

Dr. Ellen Badone's article, published in the Hamilton Spectator in February, highlights the conditions in long term care homes in Ontario, and what the provincial government should be doing to combat the problem. Interviewing relatives of long-term-care residents, registered nurses (RNs), personal support workers (PSWs), and long-term-care administrators via zoom, those affected most by the Covid-19 pandemic report prison-like conditions. Dr. Badone questions the government’s recent allocation of $42 million to hire security guards, instead of improving wages for PSWs and increased staffing.
Mar 04, 2021