Anthropology in Color at NYU: Deadline 1 Month Away

An Annual One Day Symposium For Advanced Undergraduates

This one-day symposium for advanced undergraduate students of color (juniors and seniors), and those with a BA or MA who are considering pursuing a Ph.D., introduces students to NYU faculty and graduate students from all four sub-fields of anthropology (cultural, biological, linguistic and archeological). The symposium features a workshop to demystify careers in the academy, a workshop on preparing a successful application, and smaller topical discussions of specific areas of research.

This is a part of NYU’s Anthropology Department initiative to increase the diversity of its students and faculty. All symposium events are free and meals are provided, but no travel funds are available.

Applicants to the symposium can either nominate themselves or be nominated by a faculty member at their current or past institution. Please note that we do NOT ask for letters of recommendation as a part of the application, only for contact information for potential faculty referees.

The 2018 Workshop will be Friday March 30, 2018.

Application due date: Thursday, February 1, 2018 by midnight.

Please use this link for further information and application instructions:


Linguistic Rivalries Receives Edward Sapir Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Sonia Das, whose monograph Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts (Oxford University Press 2016) was awared the Edward Sapir Book Prize Honorable Mention at this year’s American Anthropological Association conference. For more information about Sonia’s research, please check out her faculty profile.

C&M films to screen at the 2017 Margaret Mead Film Festival

We’re thrilled to announce that all of the films completed in the Culture & Media Program’s most recent Video Production class have been selected to screen at the upcoming Margaret Mead Film Festival!
C&M films by Zeynep Sertbulut, Anisha Chadha, and Marcel Rosa-Salas will screen in the Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase on Saturday, 10/21 @ 11:30am.

And Sarah Riccardi-Swartz’s C&M film Pixelating Holiness will screen on Saturday, 10/21 @ 4:30pm (before the feature film Chomo).

Hope to see you there!

Archaeological Field School in Belize


The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project announces its archaeological investigations for the summer of 2018!

In 2018 BVAR will continue investigations at the ancient Maya sites of Cahal Pech, Baking Pot, Lower Dover and Xunantunich. These sites are among the largest prehistoric Maya cities in western Belize. Despite many years of investigations at Baking Pot, large portions of the monumental site core are unexcavated and sections of the settlement area remain unexplored.  Lower Dover, in contrast, is a recently discovered site and investigations here are only just beginning. Excavations at Cahal Pech have revealed that this site is the location of some of the earliest Maya settlements in the Maya lowlands. At Xunantunich, investigations of the large palaces and temples continue to examine the late rise of this major Maya city.

During the summer of 2018, BVAR will continue its research agenda in the monumental core of Baking Pot, with extra emphasis on radiocarbon dating and methodologies for chronology building. Research at Lower Dover will also focus on the monumental architecture, in order to develop a chronology for construction episodes and abandonment of the center. Investigations in the site core and periphery at Cahal Pech will continue in an effort to further elucidate the status and complexity of this center spanning the Preclassic to Terminal Classic periods. At Xunantunich, work will continue to expose and conserve the large prehistoric buildings in the main plaza.

Students will be involved in all aspects of these archaeological investigations, from the setting of excavation units to the production of site maps. The project also incorporates daily laboratory work where students participate in the processing and documentation of the cultural remains recovered from the site (including ceramic and lithic artifacts and human and animal remains). Weekly lectures will present an overview of Maya civilization and will provide introduction to other specific topics such as ceramic analysis, archaeological survey methods, human osteology, and ancient Maya ritual and ideology. 


Session I: May 27 to June 23, 2018

Session II: July 1 to 28, 2018

This Field Research opportunity is also available in two-week sessions:

Session I: May 27 to June 9, 2018

Session II: July 1 to 14, 2018

Academic credit is available!

Registration fees for the project are $1150 U.S. per two-week session or $2200 for the one-month field school.  Fees include lodging, weekday meals, and transportation to and from the airport.  Academic credit, travel to and from Belize, and incidental expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

For applications and more information all interested parties should respond via e-mail to Myka Schwanke at: