Colloquium Series

Upcoming Anthropology Colloquium

Friday, December 6 2019 3:30pm

Sabin Hall G-28
3413 North Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211


Family Truths, Fabrications, and Absences in the Transnational Circulation of Parentless Muslim Children

Speaker: Katherine E. Hoffman
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Director, Middle East and North African Studies Program
Northwestern University

UWM Anthropology Department Colloquium: Friday 3:30 PM, Sabin G28

Friday, March 8 2019 3:30 pm

Sabin G28

This is a special event to welcome our newest colleagues from affiliated UW-Milwaukee campuses. 

Our Colleagues will be presenting on their latest research.

Christopher Hays, Professor of Anthropology, UW-Milwaukee at Washington County will be presenting:

            “Investigating Poverty Point: A World Heritage Late Archaic Site in Louisiana”


 Gregg Jamison, Assistant Professor of Anthropology,  UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha will be presenting:

“Inscribed Seals of the Indus Civilization: A Comparative Study of Style, Technology and Sociopolitical Organization”

Colloquium: Macaque attack

Friday, February 15 2019 3:30 pm

Sabin Hall G28
3413 Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Friday February 15, 2019

UWM Anthropology Colloquium series
Macaque attack: Covariation among dental wear, craniofacial morphology, and pathologies in Macaca fascicularis

Claire A. Kirchoff, PhD
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Marquette University

Join us at 3:30 pm in Sabin Hall G28,
3413 Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211.

Free and open to the public.

Colloquium: Weathering the Middle Ages

Friday, November 30 2018 3:30 pm

Sabin Hall G28,
3413 Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Friday, November 30, 2018
UWM Anthropology Colloquium series
Weathering the Middle Ages: Bioarchaeological Research in Southern Germany

Leslie Lea Williams, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Beloit College

Join us at 3:30 pm in Sabin Hall G28,
3413 Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211.

Free and open to the public.

UWM Anthropology Colloquium series

Friday, October 12 2018 3:30 pm

Sabin Hall G28

Abducted Indonesian Mortuary Objects: Museums in the Era of Heritage-Consciousness

Professor Kathleen M. Adams, Professor of Anthropology and Interim Director, Islamic World Studies Program, Loyola University Chicago

Join us Friday October 12, 2018 at 3:30 pm in Sabin G28.

This talk examines the rise of “museum-mindedness” (Kreps 1994) in Toraja, Indonesia as well as the local cultural visions and political aspirations for private, family-run museums in upland Sulawesi. Today, decades of mortuary tourism and thefts of sacred ancestral objects, in tandem with rising heritage-consciousness and awareness of Toraja grave carvings in international museum collections, prompt new debates and clashes within and beyond Toraja society concerning the proper care (or guardianship) of both local grave displays and recaptured heritage items. This talk will examine the cultural and ethical complexities of on-going efforts to foster dialogues with Torajan stake-holders surrounding potential repatriation of several sacred Toraja mortuary effigies from American museum collections. It takes up politics and poetics of a newly-established local-government-run Toraja museum, and the distinctive Torajan cultural ideas embodied in its displays, some of which feature recaptured heritage items. Case studies reveal contrasting ideas about cultural displays and museums (their potential authority-building powers, their relationships to various political or religious power bases, and their abilities—or inabilities—to accommodate local sensibilities concerning the realms of life and death).