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What is Anthropology at York University?

Anthropology is a discipline that equips you with the skills to think critically and work creatively in an increasingly globalized and complex world.  Explore how people are subjected to, participate in, and contest the processes of living in a world that is interconnected by powerful economic, cultural and technological forces. Gain the tools necessary for critical analysis of our place in the social and cultural diversity of the world. Engage in topics such as development and the environment, media and culture, health and illness, gender and sexualities, religion and science, and displaced peoples. Learn to think critically about how concepts such as class, race, gender and ethnic identities are produced and expressed. Our goal is to prepare you to ask questions about contemporary, past and future social life.

A  degree in Anthropology will give you the skills you need to engage critically with, and ask new questions about, the world in which we live.

Faculty members in the Department of Anthropology have national and international reputations for scholarship, engaged advocacy, and excellence in teaching at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels. With twenty-one faculty members and eight affiliates, we are the largest socio-cultural anthropology department in Canada. We offer comprehensive and engaging programs of study focusing on four areas.

Expand your anthropological education by studying abroad
in our iBA (international BA) program,

through the York International Internship Program

or, by taking our International Field School in Greece.


  • The second volume of Contingent Horizons: The York University Student Journal of Anthropology has just been published ! The journal's volumes are open access and available to view and download online at our website:
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  • Prof. Shubhra Gururani and Dr Karl Schmid have edited a special edition of Anthropologica in honour of York Professor Emeritus Malcolm Blincow. The panel, entitled "Ethnographies of the Political" honour his enduring contribution to critical pedagogy and scholarship and, most significantly, for inspiring a new generation of Canadian anthropologists. It brings together articles by Malcolm’s former students that capture his keen interest and intervention in the anthropological studies of power and politics. Motivated by Malcolm and drawing from ethnographic research in Asia, Africa and Latin America, the articles individually and collectively represent a serious engagement with the question of politics at different locales and scale.
  • Anthropology Professor Zulfikar Hirji’s research on Islam and Muslim societies has secured him this year’s York Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Canada’s oldest research institute in the humanities.
  • Just Published! York Anthropology alumni Lynda Mannik and Karen Garry have edited a collection "Reclaiming Canadian Bodies: Visual Media and Representation (Wildfred Laurier Press, 2015).









  • Mark your calendar! The Department of Anthropology Annual Lecture Series presents Dr. James Ferguson, Stanford University. Dr. Ferguson's talk is titled, "Give a Man a Fish: The New Politics of Distribution in Southern Africa (and Beyond)" . Thursday, October 8, 4:00-6:00pm,
    Curtis Lecture Hall C
    . All are welcome! 

  • Are you interested in graduate studies in Anthropology? Unsure about applying to grad school? You're invited to the "Applying To The Anthropology Graduate Program Workshop" on Tuesday October 6, 2:30-4:00pm, S802 Ross.
  • This year the Department of Anthropology celebrates its 40th anniversary. The Department of Anthropology at York University initially began as a section of the Department of Sociology in 1963, but became an independent department in 1975, with Dr. David Lumsden as the first Chair. The Department of Anthropology has, over its 40 year lifespan, developed a reputation as one of Canada's largest and foremost anthropology departments specializing in social and cultural anthropology. From its early days with 4 faculty members, the department has grown into an active teaching and research community with 16 full time faculty. The department offers numerous undergraduate degree options, MA and PhD degrees.
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Prof. Natasha Myers
Exploring practices among artists and scientists who experiment with plant sensoria

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Prof. Natasha Myers
Molecular Embodiments: Modeling Proteins and Making Scientists

Prof. Naomi Adelson
How communication technologies are contributing to new and emerging health practices

Prof. Wenona Giles
Why long-term refugees are denied access to higher education

Prof. Teresa Holmes
Exploring the cultural politics of tourism in a coastal village in Belize

Prof. Teresa Holmes
Challenging assumptions of lineage as tradition in western Kenya.

Prof. Kenneth Little
Touristic encounters and life under the pressures of transformations of public cultures in Belize

Prof. Carlota McAllister
How former Guatemalan revolutionaries are coping with counterrevolutionary violence

Prof. Carlota McAllister
How Chilean gauchos use private property to defend herding livelihood

Prof. Albert Schrauwers
The birth of corporate management in utopian socialism in Ontario and the Netherlands

Prof. Margaret MacDonald
What does the emergence of diversity as a new social movement value within midwifery mean.

Prof. Margaret MacDonald
Images of underdevelopment are "scaled up" as campaigns "count down" to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals

Prof. David Murray
How LGBT refugees experience the Immigration & Refugee Board process and adapt to a new life in Canada

Prof. Daphne Winland
Exploring post-communist transitions in Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina



Studyiing abroad in Greece

Borderless Higher Education for Refugeess

What is Anthropology