WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
While once associated with small-scale studies of remote societies and places, anthropology today is a dynamic discipline attuned to the massive global changes – human, climatic, ecological, economic – shaping our world. Recognizing the connections and diversities between cultures, societies and species, anthropology brings a holistic yet particularistic approach to contemporary challenges.
The University of Calgary’s Anthropology Department is an animated two-field intellectual community driven by faculty and students alike in a quest to understand our contemporary condition. Embracing anthropology’s traditional integrative approach, we consider humans as they are constructed simultaneously by cultural meanings, social structures, and the biology and ecology of the human species in its evolutionary context.
Our research streams in sociocultural anthropology and primatology offer a rigorous and comprehensive training and research program for undergraduates and graduates alike, ensuring they are exposed to the traditional subdisciplines of anthropology while also being fluent in the problems of one subfield. Through field schools and faculty-driven or independent projects, students are encouraged to engage in research and gain valuable experiences outside of the classroom setting.
As a department, we practice a methodology that makes anthropology distinct from other disciplines: long-term field research, where we engage in direct (for primatologists) and participant (for sociocultural anthropologists) observation. Our commitment to long-term engagement with populations, closely related primate species and environments, is a hallmark of our understanding of the contemporary world and the forces that have created it.
Location on Campus:
Main Office: Earth Sciences 620
The department is located on the 6th and 7th floors of Earth Sciences.
Department of Anthropology
2500 University Dr. N.W.
News & Announcements
Craig Gerlach, who researches food systems particularly in remote northern aboriginal communities, will teach in the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts. Additionally, he has a half time commitment in the Provost's office to integrate and co-ordinate sustainability research and education on campus.
Read full story here.
Craig Gerlach profile in Department of Anthropology
Please mark your calendars for the following speaker:
Title: Variation in social strategies of male mantled howlers (Alouatta palliata) within a fragmented habitats.
Speaker: Dr Lisa Corewyn
Location: ES 614
When: November 29th, 12:00-1:00pm.
Dr. Corewyn is a former MA student of our Department and is currently teaching in the department as a sessional instructor for the fall and winter terms. Lisa defended her PhD dissertation this past summer at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
All are welcome to attend our latest Visiting Speakers in Primatology Talk:
Title: Making sense of primate locomotion: clarifying the (apparent) complexity
Speaker: Dr John Bertram, Professor in the Dept. of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine
When: November 22nd, 12 - 1:00pm
Where: ES 614