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Fermentation is a practice in which complex communities of humans, animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria meet and thrive. It provides us with a unique vantage point to engage and connect with recent debates in anthropology, biology, and beyond. Today, many of these multi-species communities that have been fermenting together, often in an unbroken chain for hundreds of human generations (and millions of microbial generations), are under severe threat of loss. 



No one is surprised that most murderers are men. What gets ignored too often is that most men are not murderers. However, the entanglement between maleness, masculinity, and violence is neither straightforward nor uniform. For several decades, cultural anthropologists have studied and analyzed masculinities and gender-based violence of all sorts. These range from intimate partner violence, rape and other forms of sexual abuse, racialized violence, and armed conflict. Simultaneously, biological anthropologists have examined the relationships of evolutionary processes, genomics, and endocrinology between maleness and violence.  Yet rarely if ever do these two currents in contemporary anthropological scholarship meet, except perhaps in effortless dismissal of the more intemperate claims of others.


Even today, Atlantic slavery and the slave trade continue to haunt our present and to impact our everyday lives. The persistence of racist ideology and its contestations, economic disparities within and between nation states and across continents, human trafficking and massive migratory movements in world populations today are stark reminders of global processes unleashed by capitalist and imperial expansions concomitant with the Atlantic economy. While the institution of slavery and the trade in people were important components in other major global trade networks (e.g., Roman empire, trans-Saharan and Indian Ocean commerce, etc.), the historical proximity of Atlantic slavery, its strong racial and racist foundations, its scale and its long-term effects make it profoundly relevant to the modern experience. Its enduring legacies and multiple reverberations on various domains of modern life are sensitive topics of tremendous political and popular concern in various regions of the globe, and particularly in Africa, the Americas, and Europe. 

Join us at 5:45pm, Monday, March 26th when the Foundation welcomes Dr. Rosemary Joyce from UC Berkeley to present the next installment of the NYAS Anthropology Section's Lecture Series, "Is Extreme Inequality Inevitable?: What Archaeology Can Tell As about the 99 Percent."  This event is open to the public and free to attend, but pre-registration is required for entry into the Wenner-Gren offices.


Anthropology is well known for its capacious and ever-expanding framework and its embrace of diversity. Yet, this universal circumstance has too often been neglected in our field.  Ethnographic studies of embodiment, personhood, kinship, gender/sexuality/reproduction, cognitive diversity, violence and its disabling aftermath, as well as citizenship and biopolitics remain incomplete and undertheorized without the consideration of disability. This framework provides a powerful lens to refocus and potentially transform thinking about new and enduring concerns shaping contemporary anthropology. At its most basic, the recognition of disability as a social fact helps us to understand the cultural specificities of personhood and to reconsider the unstable boundaries of the category of the human. This symposium addresses the transformative value of critical anthropological studies of disability for many of our discipline’s key questions. 

Join us at 5:45pm, Monday, February 26th as we welcome Dr. Jessica Cattelino from UCLA presenting "Passions for Interests: Water and Rural Political Belonging in America,” as part of the NYAS Anthropology Section's Lecture Series.  Dr. Paige West from Barnard College and Columbia University will be the discussant.

Please note: the lecture begins at 6:30 PM, and guests must pre-register to gain entry into the Wenner-Gren Foundation's offices.

Join us at 5:45pm on Monday, January 29th as we kick off the first NYAS Anthropology Section Lecture of 2018 when we welcome Dr. Patricia Wright from University of Stony Brook presenting her lecture, "Will Humans Survive our Assault on the Earth? A Message from Madagascar." Dr. Joel Cohen from Rockefeller University & Columbia University will serve as discussant.

Please note: the lecture begins at 6:30 PM, and pre-registration is required for entry into the Wenner-Gren offices

Join us Monday, November 13th at 5:45pm for the third installment of this season's NYAS Anthropology Section's Lecture Sereies, when we welcome Dr. Agustin Fuentes from University of Notre Dame for his lecture, "Are racism, violence, and inequality part of “human nature”? Why understanding human evolution matters."  Dr. Susan Anton from New York University will serve as discussant. Please note: the lecture begins at 6:30 PM, and while the event is free to attend pre-registration is required for entry into the building.


Join us 5:45 PM on Monday, October 23rd, for the second installment of this season's NYAS Anthroplogy Section Lecture Series:"Getting Talked into (and out of) Whiteness," presented by Dr. Mary Bucholtz, Professor of Linguistics from the University of California - Santa Barbara. Dr. Angela Reyes, Professor and Deputy Chair, English Department, Hunter College, CUNY and member of doctoral faculty in Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center, will serve as the evening's discussant. Preregistration through the New York Academy of Sciences at or by phone (212-298-8640 or 212-298-8600) is strongly recommended since seating is limited.

Join us at the Wenner-Gren Foundation on September 25th at 5:45 PM as we kick off the first New York Academy of Sciences lecture of the fall series. Ilana Feldman, Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University will be presenting, “The Refugee as a Political Figure for our Time”. Dr. Miriam Ticktin, Associate Professor and Chair at the New School for Social Research will act as discussant.