Field School in Mortuary Archaeology, Poland, 2014

The 16th Field School in Mortuary Archaeology will be held in Drawsko, Poland, in summer 2014.

The post-medieval, skeletal cemetery at Drawsko, Poland (16-17 centuries AD) provides a unique opportunity for students to practice bioarchaeology by learning archaeological excavation techniques and working with human osteological material. To date more than 150 burials have been excavated, and the skeletal collection includes various evidence of traumatic injury, infectious, degenerative and genetic disease, nutritional deficiency, as well as atypical lesions that have yet to be identified.

At the site students are allowed to excavate burials by themselves getting hands-on experience. The professional supervision is provided by the international team of instructors from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, State University of New York, Oneonta, USA, University of Manitoba, Canada and Slavia Foundation, Lednica, Poland. Excavated bones serve as reference material in osteology courses worth 6 academic credits (ECTS). The language of the Field School is English.

More info about this project can be obtained either at or by contacting Dr. Marek Polcyn, Slavia Project Co-ordinator, directly.


11th Annual Himalayan Anthropological Field Expedition

The Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE), a humanitarian organization based in Atlanta, GA, works in the remote Western Himalayan regions of Northern India.  This will be its 11th year offering an anthropological field school in the summer.  Last summer the field school incorporated a week of participation in a medical expedition treating Tibetan refugees – a program HHE has offered since 1996.  It was hugely successful and provided students with a unique opportunity to apply cultural, biological and medical anthropology concepts.

JUNE 19-JULY 9, 2014

Trip description: Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE) is organizing its 11th annual, anthropological field expedition to India in the summer of 2014.  Through independent study/fieldwork in the Inner and Greater Himalayan region of North India, HHE will offer students a practical approach to the study of India and the Himalayan culture in a socio-cultural, medical and religious context.  During their journey, team members will attend a 7-day, public health awareness camp and have the opportunity to investigate local history, religious beliefs and practices, modern human adaptations, regional effects of globalization and monastic life. In addition, through trekking and camping in remote areas, they will participate in the interconnectedness of the magnificent natural environment with a daily local existence. This first-hand experience will be accompanied by daily academic lectures and research assistance.

Lecture topics will include:  Cultural, Medical, Economic, Biological and Visual Anthropology, Religion & Philosophy, Cross-cultural healing, Ayurveda, Public Health, Buddhism, Hinduism, Indian and Tibetan history, High Altitude Adaptation, Psychology, Art/Fine Arts, Geography, Social Work, Sociology, Yoga and Meditation

Note: This is a moderately high-altitude expedition in rugged Trans Himalayan regions. Field camp elevations range between 6,000-8,000 feet, with a higher pass crossing of 10,000 feet. As a participant, you must be in excellent physical shape and health and be willing to work in improvised field sites.

Locations & destination points:  New Delhi, Kais, Kullu, Bir, Dharamsala and McLeodganj located in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Expedition fee: All-inclusive land cost fee is US $3,080. International airfare not included.

Application deadline: January 15, 2014
**Please be advised that space is limited**

Program Coordinators:
Professor Paul Donnelly, Ph.D in Buddhist Studies & Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University
Professor Hilarie Kelly, Ph.D. Anthropology Department, California State University, Long Beach
Professor Melissa Schrift, Ph.D. Department of Sociology and Anthropology East Tennessee State University
Ravi Singh, Founder/Director, Himalayan Health Exchange

For details:
Himalayan Health Exchange
phone: 404-929-9399

School credit available through:
California State University at Long Beach, Northern Arizona University or East Tennessee State University

eAnthroGuide – student resource

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Look for the hundreds of graduate programs listed, both within the US and internationally and you can search by location, degrees, and many other criteria. Find your perfect grad school fit!

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FRST courses, possible electives to consider

Individuals desiring something a bit different that is also applied might find a number of Forestry courses appropriate to their related study in Ecological Anthropology, or Forensic Anthropology.  Read on!
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Forestry is the application of science and management tactics in the forest to achieve social objectives, and to that end can be considered a social science. If you have an interest in the forested environment consider taking a forestry course as an elective. Note that the professors are somewhat flexible in adapting some of the learning outcomes and evaluation metrics to accommodate non-forestry students. Course list includes:

Fall Term
FRST 235 (2) Forest Ecology II: Ecosystems & Management
A study of the application of ecological concepts and principles to forest resource management.

FRST 351 (3) Forest Pathology
An overview of plant pathology as it relates to the forest trees of BC. The focus is on the forest health agents that can have great environmental or economic impact.

Spring Term
FRST 242 (3) Integrated Resource Management
An introduction to the integration of all forest resource values in forest management planning. Topics include soil, water, biodiversity, old growth, fisheries, wildlife, recreation, cultural and heritage values, visual landscapes, forest certification, monitoring and ecosystem based management.

FRST 352 (3) Forest Entomology
(** thus far the most popular course for social science students**)

An introduction to the significant impacts insects have on forests in BC. Topics include insect biology, ecological significance, social and economic impacts, diagnostics, and management options.

CAA Meetings, London, ON, May 14–18

For those interested in archaeology, the Canadian Archaeological Association is a conference that you will want to attend.
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The CAA executive and the 2014 Organizing Committee are happy to announce that the 2014 annual meeting will be held in London, Ontario, from May 14-18, 2014.

Located near the heart of downtown London, the Hilton London Ontario will host all sessions, professional meetings and the banquet on May 17. The conference provides a lively, intellectually stimulating space for scholars and members of the archaeological community to discuss, learn, and share ideas, observations, and the results of archaeological research with their peers. The conference is for anyone with an interest in, and concern for, archaeology in their local community or on a national or transnational level.

Registration will start in the late afternoon of May 14 in the hotel’s upper lobby. Sessions and workshops will start on the morning of Thursday, May 15 and will finish on the afternoon of Sunday, May 18th. The banquet will be held on Saturday evening, May 17th. A guest speaker has not been chosen yet and field trips are being finalized; however expect tours of the Lawson Site and the Ontario Museum of Archaeology and Sustainable Archaeology.

The intersection of settler and Aboriginal nations past and present, a hub of academic and commercial archaeology, and site of exciting new archaeological initiatives, London and Southwestern Ontario welcome the 2014 Canadian Archaeological Association’s Annual Meeting. Looking forward to seeing you here!

Session and Forum proposals will be accepted until January 17th, 2014. Individual paper and poster submissions will be accepted until February 14th, 2014.

Conference Contacts:
Joshua Dent / Matt Beaudoin –

CASCA 2014 Conference – York University

For those wanting to actively engage in the discipline, consider attending the 2014 CASCA meeting at York University.  CASCA is the Canadian Anthropology Society.

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CASCA 2014 will be held at York University, April 30th-May 3rd, 2014, with the theme:

“Promising Uncertainties: Unsettling the Future of Anthropological Terrain”

For information and updates please visit the CASCA 2014 website at:

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto next May.
Karli (Whitmore)
CASCA administrator

More info:
What can uncertainty promise? Documenting indeterminacy, diversity, disunity and contingency is both a political commitment as well an empirical claim.  The 2014 CASCA conference theme seeks to draw out a range of questions including but not limited to: what forms of social and cultural engagements are possible when ambiguity rather than certainty is the central concern of anthropological enquiry and/or ethnographic practice? In what manner and to what extent does uncertainty unsettle neo-liberal processes of classification, transparency and accountability? Does a revolutionizing capitalism’s search for new markets foster promise and ambiguity? How does the measurement and management of uncertainty under the monikers of ‘risk’, ‘choice’ and ‘rights’ affect political, social and ethical debates about domains as diverse as immigration, identity politics, technology, art, media, security, health, environment, and the economy? What are the paradoxes that underpin or might emerge out of an anthropological engagement with uncertainty? What might be the intended and unintended outcomes of drawing on this paradigm for anthropology’s interlocutors? What forms of ethnographic practice might uncertainty give rise to and/or destabilise?

While CASCA 2014 aims to stimulate discussions and critical reflections on the theme of uncertainty, presentations that fall outside of the proposed theme will also be considered.

Keynote Speaker
The Keynote speaker is Dr. Didier Fassin, the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Originally trained as a physician, his early research in medical anthropology focused on the AIDS epidemic, mortality disparities, and global health. More recently, his research has focused on critical moral anthropology which explores the influence of moral forms on everyday judgment and action, and on international humanitarianism or asylum granting. He is the author of several books including When Bodies Remember: Experiences of AIDS in South Africa (UC Press, 2007) and Humanitarian Reason. A Moral History of the Present (UC Press, 2011). More recently his work has focused on the police, the prison, and the National Court of Asylum in France. His most recent book is Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing (Polity Press, 2013).

The Dalton Camp Award 2013

Anthropology students, as critical thinkers, may wish to submit an entry to this competition.  There is a significant monetary incentive!  Take a look at the previous winning essays.

For full details, go to the Dalton Camp Award website.

The deadline for entries this year is November 15.

Established by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting in 2002, the Dalton Camp Award honours the memory of the late Dalton Camp, a distinguished commentator on Canadian public affairs.

The 2013 winner will receive a $10,000 prize, as well as a bronze cast medal, for excellence in creative, original essay-writing on the link between democracy and the media in Canada.

A discretionary $2,500 second prize may be awarded for the best essay by a post-secondary student.

Musqueam First Nation preserves Marpole Midden site

Portion of one of BC’s most significant archaeological sites under threat of development will be preserved following land deal

From (by YOLANDE COLE on OCT 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM)

CECILIA POINT IS breathing a sigh of relief following news of a deal reached between the Musqueam Indian Band and Century Group.

 The First Nation and developer announced the successful sale of a two-acre portion of land known as the Marpole Midden on Tuesday (October 1). The deal follows more than 18 months of negotiations.

Point was among the Musqueam community members who held vigil for 200 days last year after intact human remains were found during archaeological work on the site that was slated for a condo development.

Now that the sale has been finalized, the Musqueam say the ancient burial site and village can be preserved.

“I’m happy and relieved, and I’m glad it’s over, and I look forward to the next steps,” Point told the Straight by phone.

“I know that ourselves, and actually the community members of Marpole that came by to visit us, are all very enthused about having a beautiful green space there.”

Musqueam band councillor Wade Grant told the Straight that a meeting will be held in the coming weeks to gather input from community members on ways to preserve the site, including the possibility of turning the area into a park.

“I think the most important thing is that we protect it, and we want people to know, not only our community members, but we want all people to know that that place is now protected, and we can share that with them,” he said in a phone interview.

The councillor described the site near the north end of the Arthur Laing Bridge as the Musqueam’s “last remaining connection” to how the community’s ancestors lived.

“The city of Vancouver has grown up around us—a lot of our traditional sites, our village sites and historic sites have been developed and destroyed in the past,” said Grant.

“Luckily that site itself still remains intact underneath the ground…it’s our way of being able to connect to who we are for thousands of years in history and share that with our community members and our children in the future. If we had destroyed that, we lose a connection to who we are.”

Full story at

CFM Coordinator Job posting: October 17th

Many students have a passion and interest in local food and food security.  If this is you, check out this job posting!


Dig in – to food on campus!

Are you excited about local, sustainable food?  Interested in hands-on experiential learning? Interested in bringing together students, faculty, administrators, chefs, distributors, and community organizations?  This is your chance to join the national movement that is transforming food and education on campuses across Canada.

We are looking for a VIU student to help coordinate the Campus Food Movement in Nanaimo from October 2013 to April 2014. The selected student will join two VIU student coordinators and a national network of peer coordinators, receive an honorarium, resources for every step of the way, and one-on-one staff support from an experienced youth leader in the food movement.

Coordinators will:

  • Plan and coordinate engagement events on campus
  • Facilitate Applied Student Research Opportunities
  • Coordinate community activities, including:
    • Farmer’s Market pilot project on the VIU campus
    • Trick or Eat campaign
    • Student engagement/awareness events in collaboration with Nanaimo FoodShare
  • Host multi-stakeholder meetings and attend weekly coordinator meetings
  • Participate and share with the national network of the Campus Food Systems Project
  • Be expected to work 4-10 hours per week

Desired Attributes:

  • Knowledge of food systems and issues around food (indicate relevant coursework)
  • Excellent interpersonal, self-management and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication, group work and leadership skills
  • Ability to take initiative and engage in active learning
  • Openness to new perspectives and desire to do solutions-focused work with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 (B average)

To apply for this honorarium position, please send your resume and cover letter to viu(at)  Applications are due on October 17th, 2013.