All Department of Anthropology and UTMAS events are positive spaces and inclusive of everyone.

Upcoming Events

The Department of Anthropology at Trent University presents

Public Lecture: Recent Developments in Understanding Early Agriculture in the Lower Yangtze Valley, China

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 7-9pm
Room 115, Gzowski College, Trent University

Peterborough, Ontario

Department of Anthropology Guest Speaker Professor Gary Crawford

Yangzte Valley, ChinaEarly agriculture in the Lower Yangtze Valley, China is relatively unique because of its focus on aquatic habitats. This is challenging how we think about agricultural origins because most models are concerned with dry field/rain fed agriculture. Dr.Crawford's team has been collaborating with local, Chinese archaeologists to figure out what was happening here. He will focus on what they have been learning about the Shangshan Culture (11,000-8400 yrs ago) that, at least superficially, appears out of nowhere with the most sophisticated pottery technology in the world at the time and in an upland region that was not part of anyone’s thinking about early agriculture until recently.

Professor Gary Crawford is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in environmental archaeology and archaeological botany.


Visit Anthropology at UTM's Fall Campus Day Event

Instructional Centre

Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 11am-4pm
Instructional Centre (IB) main floor

Prospective students, parents, and teachers: be sure to drop by the Anthropology table at the Instructional Centre building during the UTM Fall Campus Day event on Sunday, October 22nd from 11am-4pm!

  • Program representatives at IB will have lots of information available about Anthropology HBA and HBSc programs and possible career paths.
  • Visit our drop-in Anthropology lab (DV2045) in the William G. Davis Building to see where Anthropology classes are held.
  • Attend a Social Sciences Information Session at 11:30am or 1:30pm in IB110 to learn more about programs including Anthropology.

Registration is required for Fall Campus Day.

Visit the UTM Fall Campus Day webpage for more details and registration information.


The UTM Anthropology Society in partnership with the UTM Students' Union presents

Halloween Events on Campus (student volunteers needed!)

UTMAS Volunteers Needed for October Events

UTMAS is partnering with UTMSU to bring you the Haunted Carnival on Monday, October 23 at 11am, and the Haunted House on Wednesday, October 25 at 7pm. Both events will take place at the Student Centre!

Student volunteers are needed for these fun events as follows!

October 23rd:
Tabling forthe Haunted Carnival (10am-3pm)

October 24th:
Setting up for the Haunted House (all day)

October 25th:
Setting up and Actors for the Haunted House (6pm-10pm)

UTMAS presents a wide variety of fun and inclusive events throughout the year. Participating in activities beyond the classroom can help you gain experience, skills, and new contacts!

If you want to help out please send an email to with your availability!


The Georgian Triangle Lifelong Learning Institute (GTLLI) presents

Inside Archaeology: Tracing our Complex Past

October and November 2017 Lecture Series in Collingwood, Ontario

Gary Crawford

Professor Gary Crawford will deliver a series of fascinating lectures on an array of topics including the origins of art and agriculture. The Inside Archaeology series is taking place in beautiful Collingwood, Ontario as follows:

  • October 13:  The Birth of Humanity
  • October 20: Who Discovered the Americas?
  • October 27:  Origins of Art
  • November 3:  The Jomon of Japan: The Most Successful Culture in History?
  • November 10:  Dawn of Farming in Ancient China
  • November 17: Origin of Maize Farming in Ontario

More information is available on the GTLLI website.


The American Anthropological Association presents

2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association

AAA logoWednesday, November 29 - Sunday, December 3
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC

The 2017 Annual Meeting will focus on why Anthropology Matters! 

UTM Anthropology faculty presenting at the 2017 conference:

Professor Jack Sidnell:

  • Agency, recruitment and sovereign power: Ejecting protestors at Trump campaign rallies
  • Language in the Era of Donald Trump
  • Kenya's new missionaries. Yoga and wellbeing as development
  • Of Bodily and Anthropological Matters: Self-Improvement in the Age of Wellness

James Stinson, Sessional Lecturer (Winter 2018):

  • Seeing Like a Geek: Parks Canada, Google Trekker, and the Ambivalence of Nature 2.0

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the AAA Annual Meeting website.


Past Events

The UTM Anthropology Society presents

UTM Anthropology Society Executive Elections

UTMAS electionsAnthropology undergrads: log in to U-elecT to vote from Monday, Sept.25 to 5pm on Thursday, Sept.28!

UTMAS is holding elections for several executive positions in the society.

Voting information:

All full-time and part-time undergraduate students enrolled in Anthropology (specialist, major and/or minor) programs or the Forensic Anthropology specialist program are automatically members of UTMAS and are eligible to vote in the society's elections.

Results will be announced on the UTMAS website.


The Department Anthropology, University of Toronto Anthropology Colloquium Series presents

From the Dog Days to the Rez: A Piikani Archaeologist Searches for the Roots of his Culture

Eldon Yellowhorn, BA, BSc (University of Calgary); MA (Simon Fraser University); PhD (McGill University)
Dept. of Archaeology and the Dept of First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University

Friday, Sept 22, 2-4 pm, AP 246, 19 Russell St., Toronto

Professor Eldon YellowhornAbstract: Studying Piikani culture, which is one branch of Niitsitapi (Blackfoot people), has been my main focus since my early days in graduate school. I was always motivated by wanting to learn more about the continuum of Piikani history beginning in the Dog Days, then the Horse Days, the end of the Buffalo Days and the onset of the reserve days. Advancing the goals of my historical archaeology research means triangulating the data from archival, oral history and material culture sources to gain insights about the early reserve days after 1880. Through the course of my career I have also examined Blackfoot oral narratives to better understand their archaeological manifestations. Having done so I can now apply absolute dates to some Blackfoot myths and I can organize them in chronological order. The goal of my research is to construct a new Blackfoot history since ancient times.

RSVP online


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

Meet & Greet with Anthropology Faculty - Speed Dating Style!

UTMAS Faculty Meet & Greet

Confirmed date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 3-5 pm in Spigel Hall, Davis Building (down the hall from the Bookstore)

Would you like to get to know more about your Anthropology professors? Get ready for the first UTMAS event of the year, including:

  • 30 minutes of "speed dating " (each conversation lasts 2-5 minutes) – students can learn more about faculty research, travels, and general interests
  • an hour of general mingling and casual conversation
  • light refreshments will be provided at the event

No registration required; this is a drop-in event!


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

UTM Anthropology Society Executive Elections: Interested in applying as a candidate?

UTMAS electionsUTMAS is holding elections for several executive positions in the society. The deadline to apply is this Saturday, September 16th at 5pm!

All positions are CCR approved, provide you with good experience and stronger connections with those in the field of anthropology!

Candidate eligibility:

Candidates must either be in an anthropology subject POST or have the intentions to be (only applies for first-year students), no experience required.

How to Apply as a Candidate:

Send the following information to by 5pm this Saturday, Sept. 16th:

  • your name, year of study, and subject POST
  • the position(s) you are interested in running for
  • a brief statement (100 words) indicating why you are interested/eligible for the positions(s)

Positions Available:

  1. Events Coordinator- responsible for the logistical bookings and arrangements for events (not responsible for planning all events)
  2. Communications Officer- responsible for all paths of communication with the general UTM student body through email and social media
  3. Treasurer/ Secretary- responsible for recording all meetings, budgeting (with president and vice-president), payments and year end audits
  4. Year Reps (1 first year, 1 second year and 2 third/ fourth year)- responsible as the liaison between the society and the students they represent, updating both the students and the society on events and any foreseen issues 

NOTE: All executive members are expected to attend the majority of weekly/biweekly meetings (time and date to be decided based on availability) and hold regular office hours. Each member is responsible for planning and executing one event through the year.


2016-17 Events Archive

View 2016-17 Events on our Events Archive page.