Anthropology Seminar Series

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The history of this seminar series can be traced back to the establishment of a Sociology Department that included the teaching of Social Anthropology in the 1970s. There have been moments of restructuring that led to separate or combined seminars over several decades but since about 2010 the series has reverted to being largely anthropological in focus. The organisers have always been open to presentations in other areas, however, especially if they have a Pacific focus (reflecting the orientation of our own academic staff).

Over the years, we have hosted many speakers, both local and international and from different career stages – i.e., masters students through to senior academics. From the latter end of the spectrum, for example, we have been entertained by Serge Tcherkézoff, Niko Besnier, Sachiko Kubota, Craig Lind, Laurence Carucci, Ping-Ann Addo, Mark Mosko, Catherine Kingfisher, Sophie Chao, Jon Altman, Toon van Meijl, Marama Muru-Lanning, Paul Tapsell, Philipp Schorch, Susanne Kühling, John Taylor, Andrew Sharp, Matt Tomlinson, Graeme MacRae, Christine Dureau, Veronica Strang, Mark Busse, Michael Goddard, Conal McCarthy, Kjell Olsen, Joy Hendry and Margaret Jolly.

We have also been delighted to include fellow Waikato scholars such as Terry Crowley, Julie Barbour, John Campbell, William Jennings, Maebh Long, Jess Pasisi, and Alice Te Punga Somerville, not to mention repeated effort by staff members in Anthropology (Tom Ryan, Judith Macdonald, Keith Barber, Wendy Cowling, Michael Goldsmith, Fiona McCormack and Fraser Macdonald), as well as many of our PhD students and research associates (e.g., Tranh Thi Lanh, Des Kahotea, Gwen Wanigasekera, Philippa Miskelly).

A backlist of these seminars is in preparation.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of those presentations were not recorded but with the arrival of Zoom we now have a much greater capacity to capture audio and video (where we have been given permission) and most of the seminars from 2020 should be available for your perusal by connecting to links on this webpage.