Dr. Trudy Turner to be next editor of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology

The AAPA Executive Committee and Paul-André Genest, Senior Editor at Wiley Publishers, are pleased to announce that Trudy Turner will become the next editor of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology effective April 1, 2019. We would like to congratulate Trudy as… Read More

PhD Student Josh Rivers Receives Leifur Eiriksson Foundation Fellowship

PhD student Josh Rivers has received the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation Fellowship to conduct his dissertation research in Iceland. The foundation is a more localized version of a Fulbright Commission, more information on the foundation can be found here. Josh will… Read More

PhD Candidate Allison Kotowicz Awarded Prestigious Fulbright-Hays Fellowship

Allison Kotowicz, a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship for her work with the Maasai people in Tanzania. Read more about her here!

Professor Bettina Arnold and PhD Candidate Josh Driscoll participate in Ancient Beer Workshop in Germany

Anthropology Professor Bettina Arnold and PhD candidate Josh Driscoll were invited speakers at the University of Hohenheim in Germany in the European Research Council PLANTCULT Workshop “Ancient Beer: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Identification in the Archaeological Record”, February 7-9, 2019. Their talks were entitled, respectively, Tapping into the Past:… Read More

Lynne Goldstein honored by the Society of American Archaeology with a lifetime achievement award

Congratulations to former Department of Anthropology faculty member and longtime Department Chair Lynne Goldstein who will be honored by the Society of American Archaeology with a Lifetime Achievement Award this April!

Alexis Jordan receives Predoctoral Fellowship and History Prize

Congratulations to Alexis Jordan for receiving the 2019 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow as well as the Carew-Rendle History Prize awarded by the Royal Cornwall Museum for best essay in Cornish history or prehistory!

Dr. Bernard Perley to give keynote address to the Native American Foreign Affairs Council (NAFAC) at the U.S. Department of State Today

Congratulations to Bernie who was invited by the Native American Foreign Affairs Council (NAFAC) at the U.S. Department of State to give a keynote address (Thursday Nov. 29) to help them celebrate Native American Heritage Month 2018!

Dr. Middleton Interviewed about the Forensic Program by UWM’s InFocus

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dr. Emily Middleton, a recent addition to the Department of Anthropology, was interviewed about the growing Forensics program for the October edition of the College of Letters and Science InFocus Magazine. Read the full transcript Here!

Spring 2019 – New Course!

Anthro 212 – The Past on Tap: The Archaeology of Fermented Beverages This course provides an introduction to the archaeological, historical, physical, ethnographic and experimental evidence for the production and consumption of beer, wine, and other fermented beverages in the… Read More

Embattled Earth: Commodities,Conflict and Climate Change in the Indian Ocean

Thursday, November 1 2018 6:00 pm

UWM Peck School of the Arts
Music Recital Hall

Amitav Ghosh, one of the most important novelists and essayists of our
time, traces the entangled history of commodities, conflict and climate
change in the Indian Ocean. Since the time of Vasco da Gama’s voyage,
the Indian Ocean has been the theatre of intense imperial rivalries over
commodities and resources. For centuries the main players in these
conflicts were Western colonial powers, but lately the countries of the
Indian Ocean rim have themselves become major consumers of
resources, and thus, the principal drivers of anthropogenic climate
change, an ongoing process that will have catastrophic consequences for
the billions of people who live around the Indian Ocean. This lecture
explores the continuities between the resource conflicts of the past and
the future by focusing on two transformative imperial wars: the
Anglo-Dutch spice wars of the 17th century and the 1st Opium War of
1840-42. It also poses a question: are the imperatives of empire and
military supremacy among the major drivers of climate change?