Paul Dallaghan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology. His research project entitled “Breath, stress, and health: a biocultural study of hatha yoga” involves a controlled multicultural subject intervention, registered with clinicaltrials.gov, to assess the effects of engaged practice with breath focus on markers of stress, aging, and mental wellbeing. Paul will teach The Anthropology of Yoga this fall semester at Emory.
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On March 21st at the Brownwood Park Pavilion, the Department of Anthropology brought archaeology out of the university and into the community as part of the annual Atlanta Science Festival. In “Become an Archaeologist,” children and parents learned about archaeological science, including how to extract DNA, perform chemical residue analysis, and put together artifacts and bones.
Veatch, a graduate student who researches the environmental context of the Late Pleistocene archaeological site Liang Bua in Indonesia, specifically focuses on the rodent remains found in the cave. She remarks on their diversity as a group of mammals helped by the continuity of bones in the cave sequence, which persist over the 190,000-year stretch preserved in the cave.
Read more about the work of Veatch and other researchers in the National Geographic article.
In this short piece on tasting and speaking with the mother tongue, PhD candidate Shreyas Sreenath explores how organs of social power might inhabit spaces more intimate than we would like to acknowledge. Published in Anthropology news.
At the 2018 American Anthropological Association meeting, graduate student Erik Ringen won the Society for Anthropological Science’s ‘H. Russel Bernard Graduate Student Paper Prize’ for his paper (co-authored with Pavel Duda and Adrian Jaegi) “Daily food sharing in non-industrial societies: effects of subsistence, socioecology, and phylogeny”. Congratulations!
Photo, left to right: Erik Ringen, Stephen Chrisomalis and H. Russell Bernard
His contribution published on the Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropological Association explores the role our mother tongues play in wasting and sharing food. It reflects on morning municipal sweeping routes and daily garbage hauls in Bangalore, India, occasions when residents interact with sanitation workers by discarding food and sharing leftovers.
“How do our tongues–organs of speech and taste–weave charity into promiscuous expenditure? How might they archive the embodiment and routinization of power?”
Shreyas Sreenath is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology.
Tsering Bum, graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, publishes his article on “Translating Ecological Migration Policy”.
“This paper analyzes the transmission of China’s environmental policies from the central government down to villages and townships for implementation. It examines the specific ways through which policies are translated from Chinese to other ethnic languages, and communicated to the members of concerned communities. Employing anthropology of policy as an analytical framework, the paper suggests that policies take social life of their own as they are translated into different languages and passed down for implementation through the state bureaucratic apparatus.” Tsering Bum, Emory University
Scienceseen featured Dr. Thompson’s work in pictures and video, giving a fascinating view into her field work in Malawi. The full story can be found on Instagram.
Sydney Silverstein (PhD 2018) was awarded the Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group’s 2018 Graduate Student Paper Prize for her paper, “A Second Chance: Re-enactment, Excess Meaning, and the Social Worlds of PBC in Iquitos.” This award recognizes an important contribution of research to the anthropological study of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and other psychoactive substance use. Sydney is completed her PhD this past summer and is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University. She is working as a research ethnographer on a study about self-treatment practices among opioid-dependent individuals in Dayton, Ohio. More information on her work can be found on her website https://sydneymsilverstein.com/.
Emory’s Andrea Rissing is one of two up-and-coming scholars featured in a recent, anthropological futures-oriented piece in Anthropology News. The winner of the 2017 Netting Graduate Student Prize, Rissing’s paper on what counts as success for beginning farmers in Iowa takes center stage in the article published by The Culture & Agriculture (C&A) section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).