Past Events

Past Events

Sep 29, 2021

La Borinqueña book exhibition and talk with author, creator, graphic novelist, and illustrator, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

Sep 29, 2021 Wed. Sept. 29th at 7pm W20-307

The Association of Puerto Ricans at MIT, Latino Cultural Center, and Office of Multicultural Programs present:

La Borinqueña book exhibition and talk with author, creator, graphic novelist, and illustrator, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez.

Wed. Sept. 29th at 7pm

Room W20-307

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is the writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel La Borinqueña.

Learn the story of the superhero La Borinqueña, a student at Columbia University named Marisol Rios De La Luz majoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences.  During her study abroad trip to Puerto Rico, Marisol makes a discovery that gives her superhuman strength while exploring the island's caves, transforming her into La Borinqueña.

Co-sponsored by: Anthropology, Hermanas Unidas, Institute Community & Equity Office, MIT Libraries, Women’s and Gender Studies.



Sep 28, 2021

Wounding Wall: Infrastructure, Injury, and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Ieva Jusionyte

Watson Family University Associate Professor of International Security and Anthropology, Brown University

Sep 28, 2021 Tuesday, September 28, 3:30-5:00pm Room E51-095

Wounding Wall: Infrastructure, Injury, and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Ieva Jusionyte, Watson Family University Associate Professor of International Security and Anthropology, Brown University

Tuesday, September 28, 3:30-5:00pm

Room E51-095

May 27, 2021

"Ocean Waves, Ocean Science, Ocean Media" part of 'Making the Unknown Knowable' Online Seminar Series, University of Manchester

Stefan Helmreich

MIT Anthropology

May 27, 2021 27 May 2021, 10 - 11:30am (Cambridge MA EDT) | 3-4.30pm (London, UK BST) Virtual

This seminar is part of the Making the unknown knowable seminar series. Click here to read more



How do oceanographers apprehend ocean waves? This presentation draws on anthropological work I undertook among wave scientists in the United States to argue that what oceanographers take ocean waves to be has been strongly imprinted by the techniques, technologies, and media — maritime, photographic, filmic, information theoretic — through which waves have come to be known. I offer an account of ethnographic fieldwork I conducted on board the FLoating Instrument Platform (FLIP), a seagoing vessel managed by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in La Jolla, California. FLIP is a singular vessel, one that, once at sea, can “flip” 90 degrees into a vertical position —with all the instrumentation inside swiveling correspondingly—to become a stable platform from which to measure wave action. Moving from an examination of the contemporary use of infrared and laser imaging to study waves from FLIP, I place the platform within a longer history of wave science, reaching back into the Cold War, when ocean observation projects were conditioned by nuclear-age American maritime expansion, particularly in the Pacific. I then flip to the recent present, as scientists turn from understanding waves not only as a kind of infrastructure for maritime networks, but also as avatars of anthropogenic climate change.

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Please note: a passcode is required. Email to request it.


Apr 26, 2021

Meritocracy and Democracy: The Social Life of Caste in India

Apr 26, 2021 April 26, 2021 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Virtual

Christine Walley hosts MIT Anthropology Program Talk on "Caste of Merit" with author Ajantha Subramanian, Dwai Banerjee from MIT STS will be the discussant.


from Harvard University Press "Caste of Merit" webpage:


"How the language of “merit” makes caste privilege invisible in contemporary India.

Just as Americans least disadvantaged by racism are most likely to endorse their country as post‐racial, Indians who have benefited from their upper-caste affiliation rush to declare their country post‐caste. In The Caste of Merit, Ajantha Subramanian challenges this comfortable assumption by illuminating the controversial relationships among technical education, caste formation, and economic stratification in modern India. Through in-depth study of the elite Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)—widely seen as symbols of national promise—she reveals the continued workings of upper-caste privilege within the most modern institutions."

Apr 14, 2021

"Movements and Change: Race and Justice across Africa Today" Online Panel

Apr 14, 2021 Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm Virtual

The Office of the Associate Provost for International Activities and the MIT Africa Steering Committee invites you to an online panel discussion which will feature leading voices from the African continent and the African diaspora who are engaged in critical public discourses around race and reform across diverse African contexts and different media.


12:30p – 1:30p Panel discussion
1:30p – 2:00p breakout sessions with panelists (open to MIT community only)

Apr 5, 2021

"Unfolding Models" panel convened by Stefan Helmreich

Apr 5, 2021 Live Q&A: Monday, April 5, 2021 / 5:00–6:00pm EST Virtual

Video Release: Friday, April 2, 2021 / 9:00am EST

Live Q&A: Monday, April 5, 2021 / 5:00–6:00pm EST Livestreamed Q&A


How do tools in computation shape the models that scientists, artists, and engineers make of the world and universe?



Part of “Unfolding Intelligence: The Art and Science of Contemporary Computation” -  third in a series of MIT CAST symposia that bring together artists, scientists, engineers, and humanists from a variety of disciplines to address topics of common concern in areas of rapidly evolving research and urgent social relevance.


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Mar 23, 2021

ACMS Virtual Panel Series "Twentieth Century Mongolia" with Manduhai Buyandelger

Mar 23, 2021 Date: Mar 23, 5:00pm PDT; 8:00pm EDT; Mar 24, 8:00am ULAT Virtual

ACMS Virtual Panel Series: “Twentieth-Century Mongolia”

Title: Twentieth-Century Mongolia (Register here)


The March Virtual Speaker Series panel will focus on the twentieth century Mongolia. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Marissa Smith, and have three speakers presenting on the following topics:

  • Science in Socialist Mongolia: An Introduction” by Dr. Morris Rossabi (Columbia University)
  • Why Revolution Did Not End: International Relations and the Mongolian Women” by Dr. Manduhai Buyandelger (MIT)
  • The Soviet Hero in Post-War Mongolian Literature” by Dr. Simon Wickhamsmith (Rutgers University)
Mar 22, 2021

"Justice Now?" Symposium

Mar 22, 2021 Monday, March 22, 2021 9am - 5pm Friday, March 26, 2021 Virtual

Tackling legacies of Europe’s colonial past in the wake of Black Lives Matter

The Justice Now? symposium gathers scholars, activists, and policymakers from Europe, North America, and Africa to examine current movements for justice for the impacts of Europe’s colonial past in Africa in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Through virtual panels and roundtable discussions over the course of five days, speakers in areas such as transitional justice, racial justice, museum, legal, colonial and decolonial studies will discuss experiences and share strategies in the development of anti-racist and decolonial movements in and across their respective contexts. The symposium is convened by M. Amah Edoh and the Anthropology department at MIT in collaboration with international human rights NGO Avocats Sans Frontières and the European Network Against Racism.

Attendance is free, but registration and respect of rules of conduct are required.

Please direct inquiries to conveners at

Feb 27, 2021

"Elections, Virtual Reality, and Climate Change: What Can Anthropology of Mongolia Offer?" Manduhai Buyandelger

Manduhai Buyandelger

MIT Anthropology

Feb 27, 2021 Feb 27, 2021 04:00 PM EST Virtual

Please join the Association of Central Eurasian Students (ACES) at Indiana University for the keynote address of the 27th Annual ACES Conference, "Elections, Virtual Reality, and Climate Change: What Can Anthropology of Mongolia Offer?" given by Dr. Manduhai Buyandelger, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dec 11, 2020

Amy Moran-Thomas on "Anthropology of a Fever Dream"

Amy Moran-Thomas

MIT Anthropology

Dec 11, 2020 Friday, December 11, 10am -12pm Virtual

Amy Moran-Thomas on Covid-19 as post-truth disease. 

Harvard Friday Morning Seminar. 

Details and registration here. (advance registration required).

Please note: This event requires a password to attend. Please email Sadeq Rahimi ( to receive the meeting password.

Dec 3, 2020

"Reworking the Archive: The Southeast Chicago Archive and Storytelling Project" w/ Chris Walley

Dec 3, 2020 Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EST Virtual

What are some unexplored ways that online environments can help us rethink “the archive”? How might i-doc storytelling tools expand what an archive can be as well as public engagement with history itself?

Nov 30, 2020

Manduhai Buyandelger on "Trading History for Sheep: Memory, Migration, and Buryat-Mongol Identities through Shamanic Practices."

Manduhai Buyandelger

MIT Anthropology

Nov 30, 2020 November 30, 4:30-6:00 Virtual

Manduhai Buyandelger on "Trading History for Sheep: Memory, Migration, and Buryat-Mongol Identities through Shamanic Practices." talk sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies at UPenn.

More details TBA.

Nov 19, 2020

Climate, History, and Nomadic Empires: Case Studies and Questions of Method

Nov 19, 2020 Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:00-5:30pm Virtual

Access the recording of this event here

Join MIT Anthropology for a virtual lecture and discussion

Co-sponsored by MIT History and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)

Nicola Di Cosmo, Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies, Institute for Advanced Study
Manduhai Buyandelger (Anthropology)
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Nov 10, 2020

Amy Moran-Thomas on “SUGAR MACHINE: Medical Technologies and Plantation Legacies in the Caribbean Diabetes Epidemic"

Amy Moran-Thomas

MIT Anthropology

Nov 10, 2020 November 10 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST Virtual

Join Amy Moran-Thomas and LACIS for their Lunchtime Lecture Series: she will present research from her book, Traveling with Sugar: Chronicles of a Global Epidemic which ethnographically explores issues of “planetary health” and debility.


Registration is encouraged, full details at

Nov 9, 2020

Heather Paxson on Microbiopolitics Now, in Food Safety and Beyond

Heather Paxson

MIT Anthropology Program Head

Nov 9, 2020 17:00pm-19:00 (UK Time) 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST Virtual

The concept of microbiopolitics means to call attention to how the governance of human social life may take microbial life into account.


In this talk, Heather Paxson will provide an overview of the microbiopolitical terms of debate in the United States over safe means of food production (taking as her case study raw-milk cheese), juxtaposing this with a different set of (micro)biopolitics at stake in the metabolic regulation of the national food supply through food import restrictions. Registration required, more info at

Oct 23, 2020

Amy Moran-Thomas on REPAIR WORK: What Diabetic Limb Salvage Reveals about an Overlooked Epidemic

Amy Moran-Thomas

MIT Anthropology

Oct 23, 2020 Fri, Oct 23, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Virtual

Amy Moran-Thomas on REPAIR WORK: What Diabetic Limb Salvage Reveals about an Overlooked Epidemic

Part of the Global Health Colloquium Series Hosted by Princeton University's Global Health Program at Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Register here

Oct 23, 2020

Héctor Beltrán on “Code Work: Thinking with the System in México”

Héctor Beltrán

MIT Anthropology

Oct 23, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm Virtual

Héctor Beltrán will be giving a talk on October 23rd from 11:30am - 12:45pm on "Code Work: Thinking with the System in México” as part of Charles Babbage Institute's "Just Code: Power, Inequality, and the Global Political Economy of IT" Symposium taking place Oct. 23 - 24.

The symposium is free - registration is required. Register here:

Nov 1, 2018

2018-2019 Arthur Miller Lecture on Science and Ethics: Elections and Technology

Nov 1, 2018 4:30-8:30 PM

The Programs in Anthropology, History, and Science, Technology and Society is hosting the 2nd event in their colloquium series, Democracy, Citizenship, and Technology.  Please join us for a panel discussion on "Elections and Technology".

Feb 28, 2018

Heather Paxson moderates "The City Talks: Family Lineage"

Heather Paxson

MIT Department of Anthropology

Feb 28, 2018 7:00 - 8:00 PM Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Professor Heather Paxson will moderate "The City Talks: Family Lineage" at the Museum of Fine Arts on February 28th from 7:00-8:00 pm. The "City Talks" is a series of public forums to discuss themes in their current exhibitions that relate to the cultural, political, and social life of the City of Boston.