2017 Symposium

Archaeological, Biological, & Cultural Approaches to Understanding Humans

Date: April 28th, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: ISU Memorial Union

The Anthropology Section invites submissions from undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Participants may deliver a 15-minute oral (podium) presentation or a poster. Abstract submissions will be accepted until Friday, April 14th at the end of the day. Submissions will be accepted via an online portal on the Anthropology Symposium website.

Provide the following information at the time of submission:

  1. Full name of each presenter
  2. Title of presentation
  3. Podium or Poster presentation (choose one)
  4. Abstract (100-200 words)
Submit your abstract now!

The fifth annual Anthropology Symposium is an opportunity for students to share and discuss their projects and research in an academic setting among their faculty and peers. This symposium highlights the intrinsically diverse quality of anthropological inquiry and showcases our students’ scholarly work in archaeological, biological, or cultural studies.

See the schedule:


The symposium also features a keynote address from a distinguished member of the faculty. The Anthropology Section is pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker:

10:45 to 11:15 am

Sebastian Braun

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Director of the American Indian Studies Program

“Culture as Resistance: Kinship, Economics, and Environments”


The anthropologist Marc Augé argued in 1992 that we live in the era of supermodernity and defined that as a time of non-places. In recent times, we could perhaps add to non-places other features, also defined by the negative, or rather the denial of relations; non-truth, non-empathy, non-community. In other words, alienation might have reached an extreme level, to the point where humanity itself is in question. It is at this point that culture, as a qualitative practice and value, becomes a resistance to supermodernity as the absolute quantification and commodification of everything. Practicing culture, then, or practicing kinship and community, is the last hope of and for humanity.


Do you have questions about submissions or about the symposium in general? Any questions may be e-mailed to Dr. Stacy Lindshield at


2014 Symposium:

Latin American Urbanism →

2016 Symposium