Letter from the Chair
With this brief welcome I invite you to learn more about our department and explore ways to connect with our program through its faculty and students.
Our department is built on principles that have organized anthropological research for many decades, while at the same time seeking new directions that reflect recent transformations in the field and our unique geopolitical location in Hawai‘i with its strong ties to the Pacific and Asia.
Like the majority of anthropology programs in the United States, our department combines expertise in archaeological, biological and cultural anthropology. Our work in these areas is informed by the recognition that our location in the Hawaiian islands is home to a Native people, Kanaka Maoli, who continue to assert kuleana (rights and responsibilities) as ‘Ōiwi (Indigenous people). The history of our department, and the university as a whole, is built upon the significance of the Hawaiian islands as a place for cultural encounter, political struggle and relationship-building between the United States and Asia and the Pacific.
Kuleana defines the ethical basis upon which we establish who we are and what we do as scholars and as citizens. If anthropology is the study of humankind in all its interactions, symbols, objects, emotions, meaning systems, and struggles, then kuleana expresses principles of respect and obligation that guide that endeavor.
We invite you to be part of our community: visit, apply, collaborate, as we continue to fashion a distinct vision for anthropology in and of the future.
• Professor Miriam Stark is the subject of the UHM Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ Faculty Spotlight for Spring 2016. You can read about her research, access some of her publications, and see Greater Angkor Project photographs from the 2010-2014 field seasons.
• Congratulations to Kelli Swazey (UHM Anthropology PhD, 2013, 2013 TED speaker), who was just awarded an AIFIS-Luce Fellowship through the America Institute for Indonesian Studies. She teaches at Gadjah Mada University’s Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies. Her research project is entitled, “Symbolic Visitors: Resistance to Touristic-centered Development and Religious relations on Banda Neira.”
• Congratulations to Heng Piphal, a PhD candidate in UHM Anthropology, for receiving a Center for Khmer Studies Senior Fellowship to complete his field research for his PhD dissertation entitled, "Political Economy and State Formation of Pre-Angkor Cambodia: A Case Study from Thalat Borivat"
• Congratulations to Jonathan Padwe for receiving the CSS Award for Excellence in Teaching
• Jan Brunson invited by Oxfam India to participate in the South Asia Consultation on Maternal Health: Regional Dialogue and Way Forward conference in early February in Kathmandu, Nepal.
• In Memoriam: The Department of Anthropology remembers Professor Emeritus Wilhelm ‘Bill’ Solheim
• Featured Scholars: The Department of Anthropology's Featured Scholars have been announced for Spring 2015Tweets by @UHM_ANTH