ANTB66 & ANTC66 students make experiential learning trip to Petroglyphs Provincial Park
On October 7, 2022, 40 students in ANTB66 - Spiritual Paths: A Comparative Anthropology of Pilgrimage and ANTC66 - Anthropology of Tourism and Placemaking, travelled together to Kinomaage Waapkong, or the Teaching Rocks, an important Anishinaabeg sacred site located within
Centre for Ethnography study hours
The Centre for Ethnography (HL348) opens for study hours on Mondays from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. Students looking for a quiet place to study welcome!
UTSC Anthropology announces Graduate Prize Winners
The Department of Anthropology at UTSC is pleased to announce the winners of its graduate prizes.
Cultural adaptations enabled settlement in challenging environments; encouraged human spread out of Africa: UTSC archeologists
Archaeologists from University of Toronto Scarborough are part of a team excavating a rockshelter in Lesotho that aims to shed light on the social innovations that allowed humans in the Stone Age to settle in inhospitable environments.
Anthropology in the News: Graduate student pens op-ed on AI and language
A UTSC-affiliated graduate student has published an op-ed on AI and language in the Globe and Mail.
Monkeys making complex decisions when dining out
We’ve all faced tough decisions when choosing a place to dine out – How good is the food? How far do I need to go? How busy will it be? A new study suggests that these sorts of concerns aren’t solely a human phenomenon.
No bed of roses: UTSC Prof’s new ethnography spotlights the Ecuadorian cut flower industry and its indigenous workers
The north of Ecuador is one of the largest producers of cut flowers in the world, exporting mainly roses for the North American market. The massive farms push up against the boundaries of indigenous communities throughout the region, employing huge numbers of people but competing for resources with those same communities.
UTSC vertebrate paleontologist scoops federal grant to explore how diet helped our earliest ancestors build better brains
Building powerful brains requires access to high-energy food, making changing diet central to primate evolution. But studying the brains of early primates and how diet shaped them isn’t easy, because brains don’t fossilize. As a result, studies are limited to reconstructing the brains of our earliest ancestors from their living descendants. However, a UTSC vertebrate paleontologist has recently netted federal funding for a project that aims to use new methods to tackle the problem.
What Spirit Possession Can Teach Us About Ethics, Philosophy, and Personhood
One day in 2015, Professor Michael Lambek was sitting on a beach on the island of Mayotte, talking to a friend, when a young man whom he hadn’t met before came up and began speaking to him in English.