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> EVENT: Works in Progress Series – Fall 2016 – Session 02
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology sponsored Works in Progress Series continues. We’re now in our third year!
Next week we’ll be meeting on Friday, October 14th at 1 PM in Drinko Library, Room 402. We have the same room and time slot all semester for all sessions of the series. Each session will have 1-2 speakers. A flyer for the series is attached. Refreshments will be served.
Our second presenter of the series will be MA candidate in Sociology, Mr. Christopher Lucas, presenting his work in progress project titled “Why Witches and Gays Get Along So Well: A Study of the American Midwestern Neopagan Community’s Views on LGBT People.”
Much of the extant literature on the intersection of sexuality and religion establishes a correlation between level of religiosity and approval of same-sex marriage and attitudes towards LGBT people. The levels of measurement for religious categories are usually not exhaustive, however, causing the literature to equate intensity of Christianity to religiosity. This paper attempts to tease out the difference between religiosity and religious category membership by conducting an ethnographic study of the American Midwestern Neopagan community and its opinions on LGBT people: what do they think? What informs these opinions? How to LGBT people situate themselves within the community? The results show that not only does the Neopagan community typically accept LGBT people and same-sex marriage but that many Neopagans consider themselves at the forefront of the fight for LGBT rights and that this drive is influenced by the nature of their spirituality. Religiosity and opinion on LGBT people seem to have no apparent correlation in this study.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology sponsored Works in Progress Series continues this semester. We’re now in our fifth year!
Next week we’ll be meeting on Friday, September 9th at 1 PM in Drinko Library, Room 402. We have the same room and time slot all semester for the four sessions of the series. Each session will have 1-2 speakers. A flyer for the series is attached.
Our first presenter of the series at our first session will be Dr. Dan Holbrook (History) who will be speaking on “Discipline and Polish: Wiping and Wipers.” No, you don’t need to be into Foucault to appreciate it—though it will allow you the opportunity to get the inside jokes. Refreshments will be served. Holbrook presentation flyer attached.
>MU Anthropology Alum Dives on Great Lakes Shipwreck
Tyler Ball (Anthropology BA, 2013) is seen here in Summer 2016 working on the shipwreck Atlanta near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The Atlanta, built in 1891, burnt and sank in Lake Michigan in 1906. Tyler is pursuing a graduate degree in Maritime Studies and Historical Archaeology at East Carolina University.
>FILM: Practicum in Applied Academics (ANT)
Throughout that busy semester, Heidi Dennison, Jake Farley, Samantha Harvey, Alexis Kastigar, Hannah Smith, and Jocelyn Taylor had an in-depth, “behind the scenes” experience learning how to host an academic conference. In addition to conference planning, five students organized their own paper session and presented their individual research projects. The sixth student created a multi-media ethnographic storytelling project, which you can learn more about in a separate film. They were all, in fact, completely involved in the conference as both planners and participants. This film serves as lasting documentation of their work as well as both a retrospective “report” on their experience in the internship and prospective reflection on where they plan to go from here. It is not only a story of Huntington but also a narrative of six students reinventing and reinvesting in their local.
Group Book Signing on Campus April 30th
Come meet the three most recent MU DoSA book authors: Drs. Conley, Fondren, and Hoey on campus Saturday, April 30th before the Green and White Game at the Marshall University Bookstore (Memorial Student Center) in Huntington, West Virginia. Download the POSTER.
MU Archaeological Field School – Summer 2016
The Marshall University Archaeological Field School returns this summer!
Archaeology, the science of reconstructing and understanding past and present cultures from their material remains, is taught in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Marshall University, in the classroom, in the laboratory, and also in the field. Hands-on instruction is strongly encouraged. The department provides the opportunity for students to learn the basic techniques of surveying, excavation and recording, to experience the thrill of discovery, by offering an annual archaeological field school, a three to six credit course (ANT 323), during Summer Session 5. This kind of practical experience is a big asset for those who wish to continue in archaeology as a career.
The Works in Progress Series is back! Check out the WIP page for more information and see below.
Stone (Sociology) Public Lecture & Panel on Sex Work
Invisible Women: Unveiling Sex Work in Huntington
“Invisible Women: Unveiling Sex Work in Huntington” brought prostitution in Huntington to light during a panel discussion Wednesday night on campus. Panelist Maggie Stone, a professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, opened the discussion with an overview of prostitution, explaining some of the lesser-known facts. Stone said one the goals of the panel was to debunk myths of prostitution. Stone then cited some facts that were likely contrary to what most people think of when they think of prostitution. Stone said the median age of entry into prostitution in the United States is 12 to 14 years old. Other panelists included victim advocate at CONTACT Rape Crisis Center, Liz Deal, Judge Patricia Keller with the Cabell-Huntington WEAR Program, Sgt. Ernie Blackburn of the Huntington Police Department and nurse practitioner Heather Wood of Cabell Huntington Health Department. Read the rest of this report here.