Colloquium Series

The Department of Anthropology hosts a regular lunchtime speakers series, inviting visitors and local scholars working on topics of anthropological interest to discuss their current research with faculty and students. These talks take place in Sewall Hall 570 at noon, unless otherwise noted. All talks are free and open to the public. Please contact Joanne Carpenter if you have special needs or questions concerning the speakers series.



Upcoming Events

April 8, 2017
Critical Care: Disability Interventions in the Logics of Cure
RMC Farnsworth Pavilion, 8am-6:30pm
Visit HRC website for more information

April 13, 2017
Tony Brown
Professor of Sociology
Rice University
The Salubrious Significance of Selling Out: Evidence from the Nashville Stress and Health Study

April 13-15, 2017
6th Annual Cultures of Energy Research Symposium
Founder's Room, Lovett Hall
Visit CENHS website for more information

April 15, 2017
The 2017 Ethnographic Salon: FACT
Sewall Hall Sculpture Garden, 6:30-9:30 pm
Visit Ethnography Studio's website for more information

April 18, 2017
Jim Faubion
Professor of Anthropology
Rice University
Work in Progress Workshop

April 21, 2017
CSWGS 10th Annual Graduate Symposium
Environment, Space, Bodies
Cohen House and Sewall Hall, 9:30 am-6 pm
Visit CSWGS website for more information

Past Events for Current Academic Year 

August 30, 2016
Victor Gimenez Aliaga, Charlie Lotterman, Baird Campbell, and Jessica Bray
Graduate Students
Department of Anthropology
Rice University
Reports from the Field: I Know What I Did Last Summer

September 6, 2016
Jeff Mantz
Program Director in Cultural Anthropology and Human Subjects Research Officer
National Science Foundation
Opportunities at the NSF

September 13, 2016

Rodrigo C. Bulamah
Graduate Student
Social Anthropology
The State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil
Caribbean and the People without History: Ruins, Gifts, and Knowledge in Northern Haiti

September 20, 2016

Pamela Prickett
Sociology Postdoctoral Fellow
Rice University
Madness at the Mosque: The Micro-Politics of Troubled Interactions in an Urban Community

September 27, 2016

Vanessa Agard-Jones
Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University
Chemical Kin/esthesia

October 5, 2016

Celebrating Houston's African-American Community
4 pm-5:30 pm
Speaker Remarks at 4:30 pm
Farnsworth Pavilion
Join Us in Celebrating the Opening of the NMAAHC and the History and Culture of Houston's African American Community
Exhibits on African-American Archeology

October 6, 2016
Natali Valdez
CSWGS Postdoctoral Fellow
Rice University
One Environment or Many? Prenatal Interventions and Epigenetic Environments

October 13, 2016
Tara Schwegler and Michael Powell
Redsquared Consulting
Ambiguous Pathways: Rupture, Continuity, and Collaboration between Academic and Professional Anthropologists

October 14, 2016
Bhavani Arabandi
Chao Center Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies
Rice University
Karma and the Myth of the New Indian Super Woman

October 18, 2016
Abby Spinak
CENHS Postdoctoral Fellow
Rice University
Sparking Democracy: Electricity and Economic Citizenship in an Urbanizing America, 1935-present

October 27, 2016
Angela Garcia
Professor of Anthropology
Stanford University
Coercion, Captivity, and Ethical Life

November 1, 2016 
Gisela Heffes
Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture
Rice University
Cultures of (Un)Sustainability in Latin America: Residues, Consumption, Disposability
November 10, 2016
Baird Campbell, Magnús Örn Sigurðsson, and Eliot Storer
Anthropology PhD Students
Rice University
Campbell: Gender on Trial: Adjudicating Trans* Identity in Chile's Gender Identity Law
Sigurðsson: Energy Exemplars: Discourses of Climate Change Mitigation and the Constitution of the Icelandic Nation State as an Ethical Subject
Storer: On the Resources of Materiality: Responses to Glacier Retreat in Chile
November 30, 2016 
Alex Bentley
Professor and Chair of Comparative Cultural Studies
University of Houston
Neolithic Kinship, Land Use, Kinship and Community Differentiation
January 17, 2017
Marcel LaFlamme
Anthropology PhD Candidate
Rice University
High-Hour Guys: On Profession as Timekeeping Device

January 24, 2017 

Sarah Besky
Assistant Professor of Anthropology & International and Public Affairs
Brown University
Endurance and Exhaustion in Sick Landscapes: On the Problem of Plantation Closure in West Bengal, India

January 31, 2017
Patricia Alvarez
CSWGS Postdoctoral Fellow
Rice University
Un-Making Haute-Couture: Ethics, Race, and the Interweavings of Power in Peruvian Fashion Design

February 24, 2017
Lisa R. Messeri
Assistant Professor of Anthropology; Science, Technology, and Society
University of Virginia
"You Are There": 3D Mars, The Planetary Imagination, and Being on Other Worlds

March 2, 2017
Alison Kafer
Professor of Feminist Studies
Southwestern University
Mourning, Loss, and Desire: Disability and Death in Relation

March 8, 2017
Keith McNeal
Associate Professor of Anthropology in Comparative Cultural Studies
University of Houston
Confessions of an Ambivalent Country Expert: Queer Refugeeism and the Political Economy of (Im)Mobility In and Out of Trinidad and Tobago

March 21, 2017
Rachel Afi Quinn
Assistant Professor Comparative Cultural Studies and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
University of Houston
Muñecas Sin Rostros: Writing about Dominican Women’s Transnational Identities in Santo Domingo

March 30-31, 2017
Joe Dumit 
Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Davis
March 30: Sciences and Senses of Fascia
March 31: Substance as Method Workshop
Visit Mutant Anthropologies website for more information

April 4, 2017
Sarah Whiting
Professor and Dean of the Rice School of Architecture
Rice University
Bas Relief Urbanism: Chicago's Near South Side