Department of Anthropology

Di-visions: New Directions in Anthropology Conference

Fri, March 30, 2018 | CLA 1.302A and 1.302B

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Di-visions: New Directions in Anthropology Conference

The Anthropology Department is hosting its 11th annual New Directions in Anthropology Conference, which aims to provide an inclusive space for graduate students of all levels and subdisciplines to share their work. We have chosen di-visions as this year’s theme in an attempt to speak to the frustrations of separating and dividing our disciplines, theories, and styles. Following our namesake of “new directions”, di-visions is not the old challenge of making one’s own work interdisciplinary. Rather, it offers the invitation to do, make, and share work in each other’s space because we recognize that the project of double-vision is more productively tasked not to the individual, but to the cluster.


Friday March 30, 2018

9:00-9:30 am Breakfast Provided


9:30-9:35 am Conference Welcome


9:40-10:40 am (In)visibilities of the State

Kelsie Gillig

Ideophones as Indexical Brands: mediating ideologies of “Basqueness” in public spaces


Kari Andreev

Tatarstan and Sub-state Sovereignty in Today's Russia       


Unnimaya Kurup

Rumors and the politics of blame and responsibility - The after-lives of infant deaths in an Adivasi community in South India


10:40-10:50 am Break


10:50-11:55 am Embodied Beliefs

Aniruddhan Vasudevan

Pillaging the Self: Goddess Angalamman, Thirunangai Transwomen, and Ethical World-Making


Julia E. Earle

Socializing the stone: Reconstructing meaning in material choice at Maucallacta, Peru


12:00-1:15 pm Keynote Address

Dr. Maria Luz Garcia, Eastern Michigan University

Incommensurate Discourses: Anthropology and Representation in Guatemalan and U.S. Courtrooms


1:15-2:45 pm Lunch Break


2:45-4:00 pm Site-scapes and Samples

Ingrid K. Lundeen

Sampling biases in the fossil record: the utility of basin-margins sites in understanding speciation patterns        


Alexander Menaker

Of Fire and Water: A Comparative Study of Ideologies and Empires in the Andagua Valley, Southern Peruvian Andes      


Jinok Lee

Holocene landscape evolution and land-use strategies in the lower Yellow River valley: a phytolith and geoarchaeological approach


John Duncan Hurt

The Cividade de Bagunte and the Problems of Castro Architecture


Saturday March 31, 2018

9:30-10:00 am Breakfast Provided


10:00-11:20 am We Make Ourselves Visible

Vasilina Orlova

Affects of Infrastructure         


Lilia Loera

Creating Visibility and Voice in Trump's Era: Grassroots and Transnational Activism      


Samantha Archer

Spectralities of Embodiment  


11:20-11:30am Break


11:30am-12:50 pm Politics of Definition

Alex Kreger

Uncommitted and unbelieving: moral governance, modernity, and Alevism in Turkey       


Robyn Morse

The Politics of the Shi'i in Saudi Arabia       


Daniel Ng

The official (mis)recognition of hijras: Authenticating third gender persons through forensic medicine in Bangladesh   


Mona Mostofi

Blogging Iranian Identity       


12:50-2:30 pm Lunch Break


2:30-3:30 pm Interacting with Substrates

Manda K. S. Adam

Preliminary LiDAR Analysis at the Site of Gran Cacao, Belize


Allison McNamara

New Directions in Primate Gait Studies


Madelynne Marie Dudas

The Feet of Our Relatives and Ancestors: Using Internal Structure of Extant Primate Bones to Inform Us about Our Past


3:30-3:45 pm Conference Close


6:00 pm Dinner and Creative Showcase



We’d like to thank the following departments and centers for their generous support of our conference:

Anthropology Department

College of Liberal Arts

Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

Digital Writing and Research Lab

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