Category Archives: Graduate Students

Colloquium Nov 7: Sarah Fletcher and Angelique Lalonde

It’s wonderful that our nascent Ph.D program is so vibrant with a variety of students working across the disciplines and themes.  Monday’s colloquium will showcase this even further, as we welcome two young scholars to the podium.

Sarah Fletcher will speak to the topic of, Where is home? Using theatre to facilitate the empowerment of immigrant youth to uncover challenges and opportunities that influence wellness, and Angelique Lalonde will address Embodying Ethical Consumerism through Yoga: a “Sustainable Living Project” in Costa Rica.

You can read the abstracts for these two talks by clicking on continue.  The Colloquium is held at 11.30 on Monday November 7th in MacLaurin D103.  It is free and open to the public.

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October 24 Colloquium: Genevieve von Petzinger on Upper Palaeolithic Art

von Petzinger. Source: TED

From the Walls to the Grave: Linking the Parietal and Portable Geometric Signs found in European Upper Paleolithic Art

Genevieve von petzinger

Ph.D. Candidate,

Anthropology, UVIC

Monday Oct. 24, 2011


MACLaurin D103

Free and open to the public

Outline: The geometric signs found in French rock art during the Upper Paleolithic (10,000 – 35,000 BP) show definite spatial and temporal patterning between the sites. This continuity suggests the geometric signs were being used with purpose, and that they were meaningful to those who created them. If they did have significance, and were being used to convey information, then we could be looking at a very early form of graphic communication. This implies that there was a system, but how can we identify the manner in which the creators of these markings organized and utilized them? This talk will examine some of the ways in which we can approach function and meaning, including the potential for comparison with portable art objects from the same time period.

Bio: Genevieve von Petzinger is a Ph.D Student in the Department of Anthropology, where she also recieved an M.A. degree.  Her thesis received wide attention in the media for its novel approach to geometric or non-figurative European cave art and forms the basis of publications in preparation.  She recently became a TED fellow, and  her biographical interview for that or is rich with information about her ideas. She also has a page at the Bradshaw Foundation.

Nicolas Ellwanger on Primatology as Anthropology

The Essence of Primates: An Opposable Thumb. Cover of Anthropologies, Issue 5. Photo: Ryan Anderson, 2011

It’s a great pleasure to be reading a cogent piece of online Anthropology and find it was written by a recent UVic Anthropology graduate.  This was the case when looking in the archives of the fairly new, excellent website Anthropologies.  The piece by Nicolas Ellwanger (M.A. 2007) is titled Primatology as Anthropology, and in it he makes a clear and compelling statement about how the study of non-human primates enhances the Anthropological project – indeed is integral to the project as a whole.   Continue reading

Jody Weir’s Lemur Research Blog

UVIC Anthropology/Biology Ph.D. student Jody Weir doing research in Madagascar. Click to watch video.

U.Vic Ph.D. student (Interdisciplinary between Anthropology and Biology) has been keeping a highly entertaining blog while conducting her year-long primatology fieldwork in Madagascar.

Jody is principally interested in animal behaviour and it’s applications to conservation. She has worked with dolphins in New Zealand, sea turtles in Barbados and whales and other marine mammals in British Columbia.

Her current Ph.D. research at UVic is focused on infant development in the two largest species of lemur alive today, especially how the young learn to feed. Her field research is based out of a small camp in the Maromizaha rainforest of Madagascar – she’s been there a few months at this point. Her primary supervisor is Dr. Lisa Gould, a Primatologist in the Anthropology Department and a noted authority on Lemurs.

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Somatosphere: A Medical Anthropology Blog

Screenshot of the group blog.

Medical Anthropology is an important disciplinary focus within Anthropology, focusing on the intersection of human cultural and biological processes, past and present, and the institutional engagement with culturally-specific notions of health and disease.  There is a good encyclopedic overview of the field here (PDF). is a well-written and accessible medical anthropology blog which aims to cover the the intersections of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural psychiatry and bioethics.  It’s a group blog, meaning there are multiple authors, and this helps keep it fresh and up to date.  Some posts which are worth checking out over there, and give a sense of the breadth of the blog, include:

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Coast Salish Clam Gardens

Screenshot of Jude Isabella's Archaeology Magazine Article.

U.Vic graduate student Jude Isabella – interdisciplinary between Anthropology and Writing – has written a fascinating article for the high-profile, general-interest magazine Archaeology.  Her topic is recent archaeological research in the Salish Sea, with an emphasis on “Clam Gardens”, a traditional practice of mariculture, or cultivation, of shellfish.

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