Winthrop University: Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology - Events Calendar

Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology

Fall Calendar

  • Preserved in Clay and Stone:  Celebrating the History of Ancient Latin America

In person at the Pettus Archives this Thursday, 9/16 from 3-4 PM

Join us at the Louise Pettus Archives for this Hispanic Heritage Month event, which includes an exhibit of the Salazar Collection of Latin American Artifacts dating from the pre-Columbian era to more modern pieces. Dr. Brent Woodfill, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Winthrop University; and Professor Megan Leight, Assistant Professor of Art History, West Virginia University will participate in a panel discussion about the collection and its history. The Salazar artifacts cover several periods of Latin American culture and history. The presenters will discuss the collection in general as well as the purpose and significance of the artifacts. Attendees will be able to view a portion of the collection that will be on display and will be encouraged to ask questions of the presenters.

  • Negotiating the Land: Perceptions of Land, Property and Environment in 17th Century Colonial New England, lecture by Dr. Gleb Alexandrov, National Research University, Moscow

In person in Dina's Place on Monday, 9/20 from 4-5 PM

The relations between Native Americans and the European settlers of New England were complex and multi-layered. Attempts at peaceful cooperation often gave way to violent conflict. During the 17th century, both indigenous and colonial era communities underwent dramatic transformations. While the devastating impact of colonial expansion on Amerindian communities is well known, the changes in the colonial worldview, driven by the contact with distinctly different indigenous cultures, are often overlooked. Those changes, new ideas and new perceptions largely determined the ideological and political evolution of the colonies in later decades. Land was, of course, one of the key sources of conflict between Native Americans and colonists. But in many cases, the roots of these conflicts went deeper than simple competition over resources. Often, what led to conflict was a lack of understanding of culture-specific views regarding fundamental concepts such as property, labor, and/or human-environment relations. For example, traditional Amerindian notions of land ownership were very different from English notions of property. Additionally, colonial notions of land ownership, that would emerge in the 17th century, would differ from both English and Amerindian notions. This situation contributed to the growing perception that Native Americans were “inferior” or “uncivilized” and it fostered the emergence of a social hierarchy that linked certain types of natural resource utilization to status. The lecture will discuss this phenomenon along with other important events that transpired in New England throughout the 17th century.

  • Otherness, Migration, and Ritual Violence in Epiclassic Central Mexico: A Bioarchaeological Perspective, lecture by Dr. Sofía Pacheco-Forés, Hamline University

On zoom, Friday, 9/24 from 8.30-9.30 PM, accessible here:

The Epiclassic period (600-900 CE) in central Mexico is often described as a time of dramatic socio-political reorganization characterized by increased migration into the region and elevated levels of violence. Because of the relative paucity of human skeletal remains dating to this time period, however, there was limited bioarchaeological evidence of these phenomena. Here, I discuss my research examining direct evidence of migration and violence in the central Mexican Epiclassic period. I analyze the human skeletal remains from the shrine site of Non-Grid 4, located in the northeastern Basin of Mexico, where approximately 180 individuals were ritually sacrificed and interred. I combine social identity theory, the ethnohistoric record, traditional bioarchaeological analysis, and isotope biogeochemistry to understand who was targeted for ritual violence in Epiclassic central Mexico and why.


Last Updated: 9/15/21