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Professor Nelson Varas-Diaz Keynote Speaker at the MHMC 2018 Conference in Helsinki June 27, 2018


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Dr. Billy Hall (GSS Ph.D. 2016) has been appointed to a two-year postdoctoral position at the University of Maryland [...]

Upcoming Events

The Changing Face of Shamanism in the Ecuadorian Amazon

01/18/2018 03:30 PM

Shamanism is often imagined to be unchanging, drawing on ancestral knowledge and re-enacting ancient rituals. In this talk, Dr.Juliet Erazo challenges some of these assumptions, while also highlighting some of the ways in which shamanism has remained central in Amazonian cultures and political struggles.

The Metal Islands: Culture, History, and Politics in Caribbean Heavy Metal Music

03/27/2018 07:00 PM

This film screening and discussion with Producer Nelson Varas-Diaz is a documentary that sheds some light on three metal scenes in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean; Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The documentary examines how each island's metal scene has been influenced by history, culture, and political context.

Call for Papers: 7th Annual SAGGSA Graduate Student Conference

03/30/2018 09:00 AM

Keynote Speaker: Simon Dalby, CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change at the Balsillie School and Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University Each year the Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Graduate Student Association (SAGGSA) at Florida International University hosts an interdisciplinary conference around an overarching theme that speaks to current issues and debates in anthropology, geography and sociology. This conference is intended to[..]

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