News and Events

  • After Labor

    4 November 2019 (Mon) , 4:30pm-6:00pm
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theater

    This talk is given by Profs. John and Jean Comaroff, visiting professors from Harvard University. Concern has been steadily mounting, across the globe, that wage work is disappearing. Yet there is little agreement about how, why, where, or in what measure. Or what might take its place in the future. Why do we – scholars,...

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  • Changing (In)fertilities in Asia and Beyond

    18 October 2019 (Fri) , 9:00am-5:00pm
    At Yale-NUS College Performance Hall

    Exciting upcoming conference on Changing (In)Fertilities in Asia and Beyond, organized by Dr. Marcia Inhorn (Yale University, Anthropology) and including many leading medical anthropologists from around the world. Please register for your free place at http://yalenus-changing-infertility.eventbrite.com!

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  • Buddhist Territoriality and Pneumatic Encroachm...

    30 August 2019 (Fri) , 4:00pm-5:30pm
    At AS8 #06-46, Singapore 119260

    Dr. Neena Mahadev is giving a talk on Buddhist-Pentecostal Rivalries over sovereignty, sanctity and soil at NUS AS8 #06-46, Singapore 119260 from 4-5:30pm on Friday, 30th August 2019. Please email to asevents@nus.edu.sg to register!

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  • Revolution at the Limits of Law: Ideology, Juri...

    17 October 2019 (Thu) , 12-1pm
    At Classroom 16

    This talk will examine the confluence of law, ideology, and social change based on a long-term ethnographic study of Bolivia (2006-2016), in which the various forms and discourses of law were mobilized in innovative yet often contradictory ways by a self-proclaimed revolutionary state. In doing so, the talk will develop the concept of “strategic...

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  • Anthropology Welcome Gathering

    26 August 2019 (Mon) , 6:30pm-8:00pm
    At Cendana Rector's Commons

    Come meet and get to know anthropology students and the anthropology faculty! This event is open to Anthropology Majors, Minors and anyone interested in Anthropology so please spread the word! A light dinner and good company will be provided.

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  • Visit to a Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic

    11 April 2019 (Thu)
    At NTU Chinese Medicine Clinic

    Prof. Van Hollen took the students of her Medical Anthropology class on a field trip to a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinic at the Nanyang Technological University. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the theory and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Singapore today. This was part of the final section...

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  • Body, Health and Medicine: Interview with Prof....

    9 March 2019 (Sat)

    Yale-NUS After Hours is a podcast organized by the Yale-NUS Society for Academic Research. The Head of Studies of Anthropology, Professor Van Hollen, was featured in one of their podcast episodes, where she talked about her work in medical anthropology and gaining a deeper appreciation of the cultural nuances that shape understandings of disease...

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  • Layers, Patches, and Potatoes: On the emergence...

    14 February 2019 (Thu) , 3:00-4:00 PM
    At AS1-02-12 - SOCIOLOGY DEPT SEMINAR ROOM (45), National University of Singapore

    Doctor Alder Keleman Saxena Yale-NUS College, Singapore This paper considers a paradox: while the genetic diversity of native and traditional crops is often celebrated as a potential source of resistance to novel pests and diseases, in the inter-Andean mountain farming systems of Cochabamba, Bolivia, native potato varieties turn out to be highly...

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  • The Challenge of Aesthetics: Art and Social Cha...

    22 January 2019 (Tue) , 5-6 PM
    At Saga Rectors Commons

    Dr. Wei Hsiu Tung  University of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan Speaker’s bio: Dr. Wei Hsiu Tung is an Associate Professor of theory of art at National University of Tainan, Taiwan. She completed her PhD in comparative anthropology of art at the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (2003). Her research interests and expertise cover public art,...

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  • Ethnographic Writing Workshop

    16 January 2019 (Wed) , 12:30 - 3:30PM
    At Classroom 3

    Professor Kirin Narayan Australia National University, Canberra, Australia [This event is only for Anthropology seniors and Writers’ Centre Peer Tutors.] Dr. Kirin Narayan is a Professor of Anthropology and folklorist at the Australian National University. A fascination with the social life of narrative threads through her interest in oral...

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  • Disablement: Social Exclusion, Normative Values...

    31 January 2019 (Thu) , 5-6:30 PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    Professor Lenore Manderson University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Brown University, Providence, RI, USA Critical disability studies have developed in recent decades to offer us a unique lens both on conditions conventionally clustered as disability, and on other bodily differences that interact with structural factors, ...

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  • Cave 10: Myth, Mystery, and the Artisans of Ellora

    17 January 2019 (Thu) , 12:30-2:00PM
    At TCT Lecture Theatre

    Professors Kirin Narayan & Ken George Australia National University, Canberra, Australia Ellora, Western India, is an acclaimed World Heritage Site with a magnificent cluster of thirty-four ancient Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temple-caves excavated and sculpted from the mountain’s rock. Ellora Cave 10, a 7th-century Buddhist chaitya hall, or sh...

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  • Rights Gone Wrong on Saigon’s Edge

    29 October 2018 (Mon) , 4:30pm-6pm
    At TCT Lecture Theatre

    Prof. Erik Harms is a Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at Yale-NUS and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Yale University.

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  • Mourning as Political Action: Hauntology and gh...

    22 October 2018 (Mon) , 5pm
    At Classroom 16

    Dr. Kristina Wirtz is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist in the Department of Spanish at Western Michigan University. She studies popular religion, race and performance in eastern Cuba and linguistic diversity, identity and inequality in the U.S.

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  • International Migration Documentary Series: The...

    30 October 2018 (Tue) , 6pm-8pm
    At TCT Lecture Theatre

    This film documents the everyday life of these migrants trapped in limbo, as well as the violence and constant mistreatment they face from both the Moroccan and Spanish authorities. It explores how and why people are prepared to risk everything to leave their country, their family and friends, in search of a new and better life.

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  • International Migration Documentary Series: Sun...

    9 October 2018 (Tue) , 6pm-8pm
    At TCT Lecture Theatre

    Beneath Hong Kong's glittering facade, Filipinas working as domestic helpers work in relative anonymity and for near slave wages. In a beauty pageant like no other in the world, five helpers give themselves makeovers for a day and gleefully reclaim their dignity.

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  • Conference: Multinational Migrations: Onward Mi...

    27 September 2018 (Thu)
    At Asia Research Institute, NUS

    Organized by Profs. Brenda Yeoh (NUS) and Anju Mary Paul (Yale-NUS) and co-sponsored by Yale University’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration

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  • Global Mental Health and Aging in Asia: Challen...

    18 April 2018 (Wed) , 5:30 p.m.
    At Performance Hall

    A talk with Dr. Arthur Kleinman, the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.

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  • Anthropology Capstone Presentations

    18 April 2018 (Wed) , 12-4 p.m.
    At Classroom 15

    Join us on Wednesday, April 18, in Classroom 15 to watch the senior capstone presentations! Refreshments will be provided at 12 p.m. Please click here for the detailed schedule of individual talks.

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  • “Life and Leadership in the University: A...

    17 April 2018 (Tue) , 12 p.m. (refreshments served at 11:30 a.m.)
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    Professor Janice Reid AC served for sixteen years as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney. She will share some of the lessons she learnt during her career as teacher, researcher, administrator and leader; and reflect on the advice that she would have welcomed as she set out on her career. She will address...

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  • America’s Arab Refugees: Masculinity, Vul...

    10 April 2018 (Tue) , 6-7 p.m.
    At Saga Lecture Theatre

    This talk provides a timely examination of the world’s worst refugee crisis since World War II. Tracing the current refugee crisis to earlier US military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, Professor Inhorn examines the plight of impoverished Arab refugees living in Detroit, Michigan, America’s poorest big city. Sharing in the poverty of Detr...

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  • Tales of Two Cities: Legislating Pregnancy and ...

    8 March 2018 (Thu) , 12pm-1:30pm
    At Classroom 16

    Based on archival and ethnographic research, in this talk Prof. Nicole Constable (Dept. of Anthropology, University of Pittsburg) compares the ‘power geometry’ (Massey 1994) of mobility/immobility of foreign domestic workers in Singapore and Hong Kong.

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  • Major Fair

    6 March 2018 (Tue) , 12pm-1pm, 6pm-7pm
    At Multi-Purpose Hall

    Come speak to faculty members from the 14 majors on your choices and opportunities!

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  • Globalization Documentary Series: Bombay Calling

    8 March 2018 (Thu) , 6pm
    At LT1 (Saga College)

    This documentary looks at the burgeoning call center industry in India and how it requires Indian workers to take on new identities and new ways of speaking in order to sell to the West. Dinner will be provided from 5:30pm.

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  • Actuarial States: Protection and Damage in Para...

    7 February 2018 (Wed) , 5pm
    At Global Learning Room 2

    A talk with Dr. Caroline Schuster, a senior lecturer at the school of archeology and anthropology at Austrailian National University.

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  • Globalization Documentary Series: The Illusionists

    1 February 2018 (Thu) , 6pm
    At LT1 (Saga College)

    A documentary that highlights the globalization of beauty and the dark side of advertising at a global level. Dinner provided from 5:30pm.

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  • Becoming Wild: The Monkeys of Florida’s S...

    31 January 2018 (Wed) , 5pm
    At Global Learning Room 2

    A talk with Dr. Eben Kirksey, senior lecturer in Environmental Humanities at University of New South Wales.

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  • Book Launch: Local Encounters in a Global City

    20 October 2017 (Fri) , 7-8 pm
    At Performance Hall

    A critical examination of various spaces of globalisation in Singapore, as seen through the eyes of young locals and foreigners living in this global city.

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  • Migration Documentary Film Series: Callshop Ist...

    13 November 2017 (Mon) , 6pm
    At LT1 (Saga College)

    Many migrants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East come to Istanbul in Turkey, attempting to use it as their gateway to Europe and elsewhere. “Call shops” can be seen throughout Istanbul, providing an affordable way for these refugees to communicate with relatives back home, facilitate their life in the city, or plan a move...

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  • Globalization Documentary Series: Guangzhou Dre...

    25 January 2018 (Thu) , 6pm
    At LT1 (Saga College)

    This documentary follows flows of people and goods from Africa to China and back. It tells the stories of Africans chasing their dreams of upward mobility in the bustling city of Guangzhou. Dinner provided from 5:30 pm.

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  • Migration Documentary Film Series: After Spring

    9 November 2017 (Thu) , 6pm
    At LT1 (Saga College)

    An in-depth look into day-to-day life in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Built to be a temporary refuge until the civil war was over, Zaatari is now in its sixth year. This documentary film follows two refugee families in transition and the aid workers fighting to keep the camp running. Dinner...

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  • Migration Documentary Film Series: Fire at Sea

    23 October 2017 (Mon) , 6pm
    At LT1 (Saga College)

    Winner of the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Fire at Sea focuses on the Italian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, contrasting the dangerous Mediterranean crossing undertaken by refugees with the seemingly quiet lives of the local is...

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