Anthropology Department

Roundtable Symposium Series
2017-18

Welcome to the anthropology department's new and exciting symposium series! Anthropology Roundtables will meet bi-monthly from 4:30pm to 6pm and feature research presentations from students, faculty, and anthropologists from outside of Reed. Each roundtable will be held in an intimate setting perfect for hearty discussion. Light snacks and refreshments will be included.

October 30 | John Collins (CUNY)

4:30-6pm in Eliot 314

Event details coming soon!

November 13 | Brian Horne (U of Chicago)

4:30-6pm in Vollum 110

Event details coming soon!

November 27 | Paul Silverstein (Reed), "Moroccan Coalminers, Ethno-Religious Revivalism, and the Fate of Cosmopolitan Europe"

4:30-6pm in Vollum 110

Event details coming soon!

Past Events

August 28 | Welcome Back Gathering

4:30-6pm in Vollum 110

Radicle logo imageThe Department of Anthropology is excited to announce a welcome back gathering. Please join us in kicking off the new academic year with fellow students, faculty, and friends in the department!

The occasion will bring together two exciting happenings in our department this year. Firstly, we will inaugurate our new bi-monthly Anthropology Roundtable symposium series with presentations from Jessica Hutchinson, Jolon Timms, and Sophie Specner-Zavos, whom each received summer research funds from the department. Secondly, Monday’s gathering will also be a celebration of a new issue of Radicle, our student-run journal that brings together peer-reviewed research articles. The new issue kickoff will feature presentations by students who submitted to Radicle. Join us for a good time!

September 12 | Senior Thesis Proposal Panel Discussion

4:30-6pm in Vollum 110

Reed College thesis tower imageWho are the spring '18 anthropology seniors and what will be the topics of their theses? Come find out! In this panel discussion, all senior anthropology seniors will be presenting their newly crafted thesis proposals and will be soliciting feedback from faculty, each other and fellow students, and friends of the department. Good company and light refreshments will be served. See you there!

October 02 | In-progress Thesis Presentation: "Making Babies: Transnational Surrogacy in Cambodia"

4:30-6pm in Vollum 110

condon imageJoin the anthropology department and friends in welcoming Natalie Condon, a spring/fall thesising senior, who will present on two chapters of her in-progress thesis!

She’ll speak on media representations of Cambodian surrogates in the recently banned transnational commercial surrogacy industry in Cambodia, analyzing surrogates’ notions of relatedness to the babies they carry for foreign middle-class clients by using anthropological work on assisted productive technologies. She’ll further discuss her historical research on marriage and reproduction in Cambodia spanning the colonial era until after the Khmer Rouge, including oral history fieldwork she conducted in Phnom Kulen National Park, Cambodia.

Q&A and discussion will take place after the presentation. Light snacks and refreshments will be included.

October 10 | A Pre-History of Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks: an historical-ethnographic reconsideration of human-animal “contact” in central Africa

4:30-6pm in Eliot 314

Chimp Female SE Cameroon Narat imageCameroon imageTamara-Giles Vernick (Institut Pasteur - Paris, France) discusses her recent field research in central Africa, which investigates human-nonhuman primate engagements over time and their implications for zoonotic disease transmission. Her talk will illustrate problems with certain assumptions embedded in a biomedical literature on human-animal contact and zoonotic disease emergence. She describes the contributions that historical-anthropological research can bring to pre-histories of emergence and presents preliminary analysis of the evidence of changing human-nonhuman primate engagements.  

Q&A and discussion will take place after the presentation. Light snacks and refreshments will be included.