Anthropology Colloquium Series: Aaron R. Atencio – Friday, March 15th @ 3:30 PM

Friday, March 15 2024 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Sabin Hall, Room G90, located at 3413 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Edges In: A Theoretical Perspective of Cultural Preservation through Photo Documentation

Photo of ylanh-ylang worker by Aaron Atencio

Aaron R. Atencio, PhD
Research Curator of Cultural Sciences
Milwaukee Public Museum

 Friday March 15, 2024 @ 3:30 pm
Sabin Hall G-90, UW-Milwaukee

(Some photographs in this presentation will show distressing subjects.)

Anthropology Colloquium Series: Molli A. Pauliot – Friday, February 23rd @ 3:30 PM

Friday, February 23 2024 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

3413 N. Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
UW-Milwaukee Campus
Sabin Hall G90

A Collaborative Future:
Changes and Trends in Museum Practice

Molli A. Pauliot, M.S.W., M.A.
PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, February 23 2024 @ 3:30 pm, Sabin Hall G-90, UW-Milwaukee

Molli Pauliot is a doctoral candidate at UW-Madison in the Department of Anthropology. Ms. Pauliot is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Buffalo clan. She has professional experience on collaborative projects with tribal, county, state, and federal officials addressing critical social needs in the state of Wisconsin. Ms. Pauliot’s research interests within anthropology include Native American populations in the Great Lakes Region, material culture, Native American art, museum anthropology, indigenous resilience, climate change, and United States American Indian policy. Ms. Pauliot has a PhD minor in art, and she is an accomplished designer and bead worker.

Ms. Pauliot holds a BA in Sociology with a Human Services emphasis with a Psychology minor coursework in drug and alcohol counseling from Viterbo College, La Crosse Wisconsin. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with an emphasis in child welfare. At UW-Madison, she has completed a graduate certificate in Material Culture and a Masters of Anthropology.

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Virtual Colloquium: The Warrior that Wasn’t: Politics and the Archaeology of Gender presented by Dr. Bettina Arnold

Friday, November 13 2020 3:00 PM

UWM Department of Anthropology Virtual Colloquium Series Presents:

The Warrior that Wasn’t: Politics and the Archaeology of Gender

Bettina Arnold, PhD

Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Adjunct Curator of European Archaeology – Milwaukee Public Museum

Friday, November 13, 2020
3:00 PM
Held on Zoom (invitation at bottom)


The intersection between gender politics and nationalism in the interpretation of the prehistoric past in west-central Europe is a complex topic that includes the way the roles of men and women are perceived in contemporary society – as complementary or hierarchical, as supporting or competing entities. The history of the interpretation of two high status elite burials dating to the Iron Age in Burgundy, France discovered six decades apart will be used to illustrate how gender stereotypes and nationalism are intertwined in archaeological research in western Europe. The first of these burials was discovered in the 1950s at the site of Vix/Mont Lassois while the second was excavated in 2014 at the site of Lavau, about 72 km away. In both cases the grave good assemblages in these exceptionally richly outfitted graves have been interpreted through the lens of contemporary gender politics, reducing what a nuanced relationship between power, status and social role in Iron Age society to a binary categorization that emphasizes the association between masculinity and violence while ignoring the possibility of pathways to power that do not depend on the threat or application of force. These two burials illustrate how unexamined attitudes toward gender impact other aspects of archaeological interpretation and continue to hamper contemporary scholarship.

About the Speaker:

Professor Arnold studies the pre-Roman European Iron Age, and in the course of her career she has also participated in archaeological projects ranging from the Middle Bronze Age through the early medieval period in western Europe. Since 1999 she has co-directed a research project in southwest-Germany focused on the burial record of the early Iron Age Heuneburg hillfort and its environs. Finds from those excavations were featured in Die Welt der Kelten: Zentren der Macht – Kostbarkeiten der Kunst, a major exhibition in Stuttgart in 2012-2013. Dr. Arnold has published about the archaeological interpretation and analysis of complex societies, particularly as reflected in mortuary contexts; material culture as a symbolic system and a means of communicating social relationships; the archaeological interpretation of prehistoric gender configurations in burial contexts; and the socio-political history of archaeology and museum collecting, especially their involvement in identity construction in 19th and 20th century nationalist and ethnic movements in Europe and the United States. She published a ground-breaking and widely reprinted article on the use and abuse of archaeology for political purposes in Nazi Germany in Antiquity (1990). She is the founding Editor of the on-line peer-reviewed journal e-Keltoi and a member of numerous editorial boards, including the History of Archaeology series for Oxford University Press and the History of Archaeology Commission of the UISPP.

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Topic: Anthropology colloquium with Dr. Bettina Arnold
Time: Nov 13, 2020 3:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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