Department of Anthropology

New Directions in Anthropology XII: Everyday Anthropology

Fri, April 5, 2019 | SAC 5.118

10:00 AM

New Directions in Anthropology XII: Everyday Anthropology

The Anthropology Department at the University of Texas at Austin is hosting its 12th annual New Directions in Anthropology Conference. New Directions aims to provide an inclusive space for graduate students of all levels and upper level undergraduates. We welcome papers from all anthropological subdisciplines and various disciplines outside of anthropology to share their work while enabling opportunities for feedback and collaboration. We invite participants to join us in exploring and discussing the myriad of applications of anthropological research within and outside of academia.


Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Patrick Gallager - University of Texas San Antonio Anthropology

Dr. Lina Valencia - Global Wildfire Conservation


Friday, April 5th

Session 1:

10:15 AM-11:15 PM: Common Spectacle

10:15-10:30        Megan J Gette                  

10:30-10:45        Cindy-Lou Holland

10:45-11:00        Nel Yang        

11:00-11:15        Discussion


Session 2: Landscape, Environment, & Human Influence

11:30 AM-12:45 PM

Discussant: Dr. Jason Cons

11:30-11:45        Fatimah Ghaheri

Long-Term Climate Change: A case study on Climatic Records from Middle East in Relation to the Neo-Assyrian Empire Agriculture.”

11:45-12:00        Anya Gruber

“The archaeology and political ecology of ‘America’s Hometown’.”

12:00-12:15        Kari Andreev

                        “The Sakha Republic Goes Viral.”

12:15-12:30        Discussion



12:30 PM-1:00 PM


Keynote Address: Dr. Patrick Gallagher

1:00 PM-2:15 PM


Session 3: Gender in Anthropology

2:30 PM-3:45 PM

Discussant: Dr. Lina M. Valencia

2:30-2:45           Rachel Voyt

Feminist primatology: Theory and practice.”

2:45-3:00           Daniel Dillon

Tales from a Jaffna Rickshaw Stand: An Experiment in Ethnographic Literature.”

3:00-3:15           Laura Abondano

Mating behavior and paternity in wild wooly monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha poeppigii): is mating success a good predictor of reproductive success?”

3:15-3:30           Discussion


Professionalization Session with Dr. Gallagher & Dr. Valencia

4:30 PM-5:30 PM


Saturday, April 6th

Session 1: Public Art

10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Discussant: Quichi Martinez

 10:00-10:15        Christina Fraiser

Everyday Public Art: Commercial Murals of San Antonio.”

 10:15-10:30        Alize Arican

                        “Surfacing Tarlabaşı.”

10:30-10:45        Megan J Gette

Distorted ordinary: Tactics for sonic relationships.”

 10:45-11:00        Jesus Nazario

“New Indigenous Realities: A Critical Look at Contemporary Indigenous Photography.”


11:00-11:15        Discussion


Lunch & Poster Session:

11:15 AM -12:45 PM

Madelynne Dudas

“Applying Evolutionary Robotics to Primate Locomotion.”

Ben Rodwell

“Something to chew on: Dietary reconstruction of omomyoid primates in the middle Eocene of West Texas.”

Jordan Bowers

“Exploring Settlement Connectivity in the Lower Ave River Valley (Northwest Iberia) during the Iron Age using Least-Cost Path Analysis.”

Domenic Romanello

“Intermediate Forest Recovery Patterns following Cyclone Fanele in Kirindy Mitea National Park, Madagascar.”

Allison McNamara

Wild platyrrhine gait on multiple and inconsistent substrates.”

Manda Adam

“Detection of Water Management Systems using LiDAR at Las Abejas, Belize.”

Ingrid Lundeen

The role of under studied paleoenvironments in conceptualizing the fossil record of North America.”


Keynote Address: Dr. Lina  M. Valencia

1:00 PM-2:15 PM


Session 2: Indigenous Activism

2:30 PM-3:45 PM

Discussant: Dr. Patrick Gallagher

2:30-2:45           Kelton Sheridan

“Collaborative Archaeology: A Discussion and Overview.”

 2:45-3:00           Rodrigo Arthuso Arantes Faria

“A genocide of living bodies: incarceration as a neocolonial policy to eliminate indigenous identities in Brazil.”

 3:00-3:15           Erin Wheeler

“Music in the Margins: Navigating Linguistic Identify in Mapuche Indigenous Music.”

 3:15-3:30           S.Rajendu

Cryptograms in the Medieval Palm-leaf Manuscripts”

 3:30-3:45           Discussion


Sponsored by: Anthropology Graduate Student Association, Academic Enrichment Fund, South Asia Institute, Women and Gender Studies, Department of Linguistics

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