Department of Anthropology once again sponsors film in the Antigonish Film Festival
The Destruction of Memory
Sat Oct 28, 9:30 - 10:50
Eight StFX students awarded prestigious Irving Research Mentorship Awards (June 1, 2017)
Alison Armstrong of New Westminster, BC, says the Irving Mentorship Award is funding her internship this summer at the Antigonish Women's Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association where she is conducting research on sexual violence policies in Nova Scotia.
Ms. Armstrong just graduated from StFX with a joint major in anthropology and women's and gender studies. She will return next year to complete an honours in anthropology with a subsidiary in women's and gender studies. She is supervised by Dr. Clare Fawcett.
“I am exploring how provincial policies have shifted due to changes in government and in response to cases of sexual violence that have been publicized in the media, and therefore gained public attention. This research is extremely important in drawing attention to the patterns and power dynamics reflected in the development and implementation of sexual violence policies, and showing where there are gaps in service provision to those most in need,” she says.
Ms. Armstrong says her findings can be of practical use to service providers across the province addressing sexual violence, and that she is honoured to have the opportunity to research in this field and hopefully will make a real impact.
For the complete article, click here https://www.stfx.ca/about/news/irving-mentorship-awards-2017
Anthropology Graduates, 2016
Anthropology of Tourism (Anth 310) students hard at work building trails at the Keppoch Mountain for course-based service learning
2015 Nova Scotia Museums Public Archaeology Day at the McCulloch House, Pictou
Dr Mikael Haller, Meghann Livingston (2015 Honours Anthropology) and Chris Greencorn (History, StFX) assisting with the 2015 Nova Scotia Museums Public Archaeology Day at the McCulloch House in Pictou, NS
Anthropology 492: Special Topics in Anthropology
Evolution of Human Diet
Offered in Fall 2015 by Dr. Michael Gregg
This Course investigates key issues in anthropology on the subjects of food and culture. We will begin by looking at the evolution of human subsistence practices - from simple nomadic hunter-gatherer bands to increasingly complex and sedentary food-producing societies. We will then examine the impact of agricultural industrialization on human populations, and consequences for social, political and economic structures in different regions of the world. Our discussions will include research on: a diverse range of cultures and peoples; dietary choices and human health; cultural prohibitions and culinary prefernces; globalization, commodization and unequal access to food resources; sustainable agricultural practices, biodiversity and food security.
Scheduled for GH/HG Block.
Anthropology Honours Students Present
at Student Research Day, March 2015
Anthropology Honours students present at Student Research Day: Meghann Livingston - Mortuary Patterns and Attitudes Towards Death and Dying in Nova Scotia: An Analysis of the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, Pictou county; and Kathleen Forward - Investigating Household Activities at Site 174 and the Nature of Social Hierarchy in the Parita Valley, Central Region of Panama.
Broch Collective receives research funding from StFX’s Centre for Regional Studies
The Broch Collective, formed earlier this year, aims to shed light on the socio-cultural dimensions of death and dying among nineteenth-century Scots in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to its research, the collective draws on the expertise of Dr. Laurie Stanley-Blackwell, Department of History, Dr. Brenda Appleby, Department of Religious Studies, Dr. Dan MacInnes, Department of Sociology, Dr. Mikael Haller, Chair of Anthropology, Dr. Michael Linkletter, Chair of Celtic Studies, Shamus MacDonald, Department of Celtic Studies, and Susan Cameron, Special Collections Librarian at the Father Brewer Celtic Collection.
The goals of the collective are a good match for those of the Centre for Regional Studies, which promotes research related to the social, political, economic, cultural and historical dimensions of life in Atlantic Canada.
Financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funded centre, in the form of a $5,000 grant, will allow the Broch Collective to organize and host a research conference in June 2014.
Designed to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research networks within Nova Scotia, the symposium will bring together key stakeholders in order to explore how cemeteries can be used to study cultural value systems, individual and group identities, settlement patterns, economic prosperity, and commemoration behavior. The conference will also feature workshops on cemetery preservation and protection as well as twenty-first century restoration technologies.
This work is intended to foster local, national and international collaboration and provide opportunities for student participation and employment.
Anthropology professor, Dr. Mikael Haller, to collaborate on research project: Understanding life and death among immigrant Scots leads StFX scholars to form Broch Collective
L-r: Susan Cameron, Dan MacInnes, Mikael Haller, Brenda Appleby and Shamus MacDonald. Missing from the photo are Laurie Stanley-Blackwell and Michael Linkletter.
The topic of death and dying tends to make most people squeamish. At StFX, however, a diverse team of researchers, the recently-formed Broch Collective, are keen to tackle this taboo subject to better understand how Nova Scotia’s immigrant Scots perceived and experienced life and death.
The Broch Collective combines the expertise of a broad and rich mix of scholars sharing an interest in the beliefs, attitudes, and practices relating to death among Nova Scotia’s immigrant Scots.
“The Broch Collective is much more than a union of kindred spirits sharing a fascination with lichen-covered old tombstones. Its primary goal is to explore the socio-cultural dimensions of death and dying among Nova Scotia’s and Prince Edward Island’s immigrant Scots in an interdisciplinary context,” says research group co-founder Dr. Laurie Stanley-Blackwell, of StFX’s Department of History.
The research cluster also includes Dr. Brenda Appleby, Department of Religious Studies, Dr. Dan MacInnes, Department of Sociology, Dr. Mikael Haller, Chair of Anthropology, Dr. Michael Linkletter, Chair of Celtic Studies, Shamus MacDonald, Department of Celtic Studies, and Susan Cameron, Special Collections Librarian of the Father Brewer Celtic Collection at StFX.
The collective first started meeting on a regular basis in July 2013. In the initial meetings, with supportive advice from StFX Research Grants Office director John D. Blackwell, they identified their core research strengths and objectives.
Since then, they have established contacts with research groups with similar interests in Canada, England, and Scotland.
The name “Broch,” a term used for Iron Age stone structures in early Scotland, symbolizes the underlying collaborative principles of the group. In the original “Broch,” it was the individual stones which gave strength to overall structure. The unique meshing of expertise epitomized by StFX’s Broch Collective paves the way for an expansive line of inquiry into early Maritime cemeteries as important cultural landscapes, the group members say.
Drs. Stanley-Blackwell and Appleby provided the original impetus behind the formation of the collective. For the past year, with Centre of Regional Studies funding, they have been studying the cemeteries of the immigrant Scots in Pictou and Antigonish Counties as repositories of ethnicity, set against the broader significance of group identity within commemoration behavior.
The first result of their collaboration, “Romancing the Stone: Female Figure Monuments in late Nineteenth-century Nova Scotian Cemeteries,” is scheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of Markers.
Shamus MacDonald, a PhD candidate in the Department of Folklore at Memorial University, has an ongoing interest in the customs and beliefs associated with death in Gaelic Nova Scotia. His personal and professional fieldwork in Nova Scotia, Scotland, Nunavut and Newfoundland make him a welcome addition to the collective.
Librarian Susan Cameron brings to the research cluster her understanding of local history and Scottish Gaelic language resources as well as her invaluable skills as an information professional, with knowledge in navigating the resources and the use of collaborative tools. For Ms. Cameron, exploring cemeteries in Strathglass, Scotland was one of the highlights of her sabbatical three years ago.
With a widely-acknowledged expertise in mortuary archaeology, Dr. Haller also contributes a unique skillset to the group. He has done extensive archaeological investigation in Panama and during the summer of 2010, he supervised a team of student researchers at Halifax’s Old Burying Ground, an historic cemetery dating back to 1749.
Best known for his work on the Antigonish Movement, Dr. MacInnes is highly regarded as a scholar of Atlantic Canada. His knowledge of the role played by the Roman Catholic Highland Scots in Nova Scotia’s history is particularly relevant to the research objectives of the Broch Collective.
So too is Dr. Linkletter’s wide-ranging familiarity with the language, literature, history, and folklore of the Gaels in Maritime Canada. This breadth of knowledge is reflected in his recent publication, Parting, Prophecy, Poetry: Rev. Duncan Blair (1815-1893), co-edited and co-translated with John Alick MacPherson.
Department of Anthropology Sponsors Film in Antigonish International Film Festival
We Still Live Here (56 min)
Saturday, Oct 19 2:35 to 3:30 pm @ Capitol Theatre, Antigonish
Director: Anne Makepeace
Celebrated every Thanksgiving as the Indians who saved the Pilgrims from starvation, and then largely forgotten, the Wampanoag Tribes of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard are now saying loud and clear, and in their Native tongue, "Âs Nutayuneân," (We Still Live Here). Jessie Little Doe Baird, their celebrated linguist, uncovered hundreds of documents written in Wampanoag and led her to a Master’s in Linguistics at MIT. Her efforts culminated in an unprecedented feat of language reclamation by her people. Jessie’s daughter Mae is the first Native speaker of Wampanoag in a century.
Inspiration Award, Full Frame; Moving Mountains Prize, Telluride Mountain Films
Further information at http://wcdescv.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/we-still-live-here-as-nutayunean....
Atlantic Film Festival
Honours Student Thesis Presentations, April 2013
The Department of Anthropology hosted its year-end Honours Student Thesis Presentations and Meet & Greet social on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 2:30-4:30pm at the People's Place Community Room at the Antigonish Public Library. Presenters pictured above (left to right) are Julia Brenan, Siobhan Carlson and Janelle Young.
Pictured left to right: Skye Larlee (BA Major in Anthropology), Dr. Clare Fawcett, Adam Nicholson, (BA Joint Major, Development Studies and Anthropology)
The Department of Anthropology celebrated the launch of Dr. Susan Vincent's " Dimensions Dimensions of Development: History, Community, and Change in Allpachico, Peru" on March 29, 2012. News article for this event available here.
Dr. Jane McMillan, CRC in Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Communities in the Department of Anthropology, was quoted in the Globe and Mail on December 27 in a story about the continued inadequate treatment of First Nations people by the Canadian justice system. In the story by Kirk Makin, Dr. McMillan indicates that the promise of the Canadian Supreme Court decision on Gladue has not been fulfilled. There are still not sufficient resources to provide native offenders with the programs they need, and court officials do not yet understand the cultural context in which Aboriginal people live. See https://spon.ca/courts-falling-short-on-effort-to-keep-natives-out-of-jail/2009/12/28/ for the details.
Anthropology has been granted department status!
In 2006 the new Anthropology program was launched at StFX, setting out honours, advanced major, and major degree structures with all courses in the discipline. Since then we have seen student interest grow as we have developed patterns of courses around the themes of development, First Nations, and archaeology, while maintaining a more flexible general anthropology option. In September 2009 StFX President Sean Riley announced that we had been given department status, allowing our administrative structure the same autonomy as our academic program. This is great cause for celebration! Join us in our activities throughout the year as we continue to build a great place to learn.