2014 Theme: New Techniques & Old Questions
Keynote Address By: Dr. Fred Smith (Illinois State University)
This year's theme "New Techniques and Old Questions" is meant to
promote the work of student anthropologists who are applying new
analytical techniques and/or contributing to discussions regarding
traditional anthropological questions.
The Colloquium will be centered on student presentations. New this
year, we are inviting anthropology professors to be discussants, and
the Colloquium will culminate in a keynote address by Dr. Fred Smith
of Illinois State University, a leading expert in paleoanthropology. His particular focus is on the role of Neandertals in the emergence of modern humans in western Eurasia.
Something Old, Something New: Neandertal Morphology Revisited
Dr. Fred Smith - 5:15 PM
Since the mid-1980s the majority interpretation has been that both
morphology and genetics demonstrated Neandertals to be a separate
species from us with no direct role to play in the emergence of modern
people. The two Neandertal genomes reveal a different story, but one
I argue was always evident in Neandertal anatomy. We will discuss this
story in the contract of the Assimilation Model of modern human origins.
New Techniques and Old Questions: The cyclical development of
theoretical goals and questions is a well-entrenched academic pattern.
While we continue to advance our methods and techniques, we persist
in understanding traditional concerns - the nature of cultural
differences, similarities, and dynamics. Our goal is to explore old
questions with fresh perspective and the new techniques that expand
the possibilities of knowledge formation. In this effort, we invite
participants across all four sub-fields to address the questions that
remain foundational to the anthropological discipline and the
innovative approaches that continue to illuminate our engagement
with these fundamental pursuits.
For students working on original anthropological research and are
interested in gaining experience presenting a paper, the ASU
Anthropology Student Colloquium is an ideal opportunity to experience
a conference setting while also receiving constructive feedback from
professionals and other students in the field. We accept submissions
from undergraduate and graduate students in all anthropology
subfields and ancillary disciplines, but submissions must be based on
original research conducted by the author and address anthropological
questions related to this year's theme. The Colloquium is also open to
anthropology students at institutions other than UW-Milwaukee.
Submitting an Abstract: The deadline for abstract submission has passed.
Abstracts and accepted papers should be submitted to
Lindsey Jo Helms at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registering to Attend: This deadline has passed.