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Statement from the Anthropology Department

The Anthropology Department takes recent allegations against a member of its faculty very seriously. We support our students and share their distress with regard to this case. We also express our support for due process and look forward to the timely conclusion of this case by the university administration.

PhD Candidate Mikaela Chase Receives Wenner-Gren Grant and AIIS Fellowship

PhD candidate Mikaela Chase has been awarded both the Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant and the American Institute for Indian Studies Junior Fellowship to support her dissertation research. Her project is titled “Confronting Asceticism: Law, Ethics, and the Right to Life in the Jain Fast to Death” and will examine Jains’ legal and moral positions as “ascetic persons” within the Indian secular […]

Alumnus Awarded APLA Book Prize

Mourning Remains Book Cover

Congratulations to Isaias Rojas-Perez for being awarded the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Book Prize for his book “Mourning Remains: State Atrocity, Exhumations, and Governing the Disappeared in Peru’s Postwar Andes” (Stanford University Press, 2017). He was celebrated during the APLA business meeting on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon

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The idea of the Anthropocene often generates an overwhelming sense of abjection or apathy. It occupies the imagination as a set of circumstances that counterpose individual human actors against ungraspable scales and impossible odds. There is much at stake in how we understand the implications of this planetary imagination, and how to plot paths from […]

Grad student Bürge Abiral Receives NSF Grant

Graduate student Bürge Abiral has received the National Science Foundation Cultural Anthropology Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant to conduct the project titled “Networks, Decision Models, and Moral Economies in Ecological Agriculture” under the supervision of Anand Pandian. The research will take place in Turkey, where Abiral will study nascent ecological agricultural networks through multi-sited […]

JHU Anthropology Fall 2018 Colloquium Series

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Join us this fall for our Colloquium Series. Complete information can be found on our Events page. Nomi Stone, Princeton University, “Imperial Mimesis: Enacting and Policing Empathy in US Military Training,” 4-6 p.m., September 4, in Mergenthaler 439 Mac Skelton, Johns Hopkins University, “Iraqis Cancer Journeys: Experiences of War, Displacement, and Illness,”4-6 p.m., September 11, in […]

Benita Menezes Receives Society of Economic Anthropology Award

Benita Menezes

Graduate student Benita Menezes has received the inaugural M. Estellie Smith Memorial Fund award. Her project was “The Politics of Dispossession: Neoliberal Subjects, Law and the Market in Rural Maharashtra, India.” The award honors Dr. Smith, who was a past president of the Society of Economic Anthropology (SEA). The fund provides graduate students small grants specifically to supplement dissertation fieldwork expenses and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the SEA annual conference.

Stanley Cavell – In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that the Departments of Comparative Thought and Literature, Anthropology, and Philosophy announce the passing of Professor Stanley Cavell, who has been a major influence on the scholarship and teaching of faculty and students at Johns Hopkins. In April 2011, a daylong conference took place in his honor and presence on […]

Podcast on the Virtual Anthropology Conference, Displacements

Anand Pandian talks with the Cultures of Energy podcast at Rice University about the Displacements conference he organized last month for the Society for Cultural Anthropology (co-sponsored by JHU Anthropology), drawing over 1300 participants from dozens of countries around the world in an international experiment in carbon-conscious conferencing.

Society for Cultural Anthropology Conference Hosted Entirely Online

Anthropology faculty member Anand Pandian talks about the recent Biennial Conference of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, hosted as an international online event by Johns Hopkins University and involving over 1,200 participants from 50 countries around the world. The conference website remains open and accessible at