Department of Anthropology


Welcome to the Department of Anthropology

Culture—and basic questions concerning what it means to be human—defines many of the practical issues we’re faced with daily. We’re excited to have you join this conversation.

Anthropologists attempt to understand the complexities of social and cultural life in local and global contexts, past and present. Traditionally, long-term ethnographic and archaeological fieldwork in other societies has been the hallmark of the anthropological study of the human condition, but anthropologists are also cultural critics considering a vast range of issues in their own societies as well. The anthropological perspective makes significant contributions to fields as diverse as health, education, international development, religion, policy, urban studies, indigenous studies, economics and politics.

Department Highlights

Earth Day Symposium 2021

Anthropologist Dr Mark Nuttall will give his Earth Day talk on April 1 at 9:30 am

Mark Nuttall is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Greenland and Greenland Climate Research Centre. He has carried out research in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Finland, Scotland and Wales. His recent books include Climate, Society and Subsurface Politics in Greenland: Under the Great Ice (Routledge, 2017) and (with Klaus Dodds) The Scramble for the Poles: the geopolitics of the Arctic and Antarctic (Polity Press, 2016) and The Arctic: what everyone needs to know (Oxford University Press, 2019).


Blackfoot Women’s Empowerment project highlights community and collaboration

When Tanya Pace-Crosschild (BSc ’98), director of the Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society, saw a call for proposals from Women and Gender Equality Canada in 2018, she immediately recognized an opportunity to develop a project to foster the economic empowerment of Indigenous women in southern Alberta.

Anthropology Club

Our club room is located in A863. This is also home to our Resource Centre, which is a great place to find books, journals and articles on various anthropological subjects. It is a great place to study, meet with other students or just hang out. The office is generally open from 8:30 am- 4:30pm, so feel free to stop by anytime!

Global Citizenship Cohort - Ziara Ruchkall

"It is so important to stay connected, especially during a global pandemic and the GCC was such a big part of how I felt connected to my peers and the university as a whole." Ziara Ruchkall …

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5 questions on “Knowing the World through Sound” with Dr. Steve Ferzacca

This is Dr. Ferzacca's last teaching semester at the University of Lethbridge, and as such, we wanted to catch up with him to discuss his fascinating life, new book and how music …

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Five questions with alumna Jamie Lewis (BA (Co-op) '20)

Jamie Lewis, a BA graduate with a double major in anthropology and religious studies, is this year's recipient of the Faculty of Arts & Science Gold Medal (Arts).

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Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development

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Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects on campus or by testing your knowledge in a real-life work setting, we can help! The University of Lethbridge is proud to offer you an exceptional opportunity to explore professional development through academic programs and services designed to give you a competitive edge in a fast-changing world.

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