Please join us to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Ethnography.

Reception is 5-6 p.m. in MW-130

Lecture is 6-7:30 p.m. in MW-170

Sherry Ortner is one of the most accomplished and best-known anthropologists today. She is currently Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at UCLA and has served as Chair of the Departments of Anthropology at both the University of Michigan and Columbia. Among her many achievements, she has held a MacArthur Fellowship (the so-called “genius award”). She has written two books on the ritual and the Buddhist religious life of the Sherpas of Nepal as well as a book on the relationships of Sherpa guides with foreigners attempting to climb Mt. Everest. She has also conducted a memorable study in which she tracked down and revisited the members of her high school graduating class from Newark, New Jersey in order to document the effects of class and culture on life trajectories in the United States. She has also been a pioneer in the feminist anthropology of women and gender and, if all this wasn’t enough, has written a book about independent filmmakers in Hollywood.

“       What links the various researchers, students, and visitors at the Centre for Ethnography is deep respect for ethnography as a non-reductionist form of knowledge, an approach to grounded, immersive, and holistic fieldwork, and a genre of writing that embraces narrative and experimental forms.
Michael Lambek, Canada Research Chair for Ethical Life

The Centre for Ethnography (CE) is a unique institution at UTSC that enhances and encourages the practice of social and cultural anthropology. The CE supports fieldwork methods courses for students and especially encourages research in Scarborough and the neighbouring region. It provides writing fellowships for advanced doctoral students who come to UTSC to polish off their dissertations, and who mentor undergraduates on their writing and give talks on their research to the department. Each year in conjunction with the CE the Anthropology Department offers a senior undergraduate seminar at which students, guest speakers, and faculty participate together in a colloquium series that brings speakers from University of Toronto and neighbouring institutions. Our course and colloquium theme this year is “Writing the Family.”