Past Events

Past Events

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.


Register to participate in the Symposium


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)
to receive Zoom meeting room invitation + password
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.

Sep 8, 2017

Screening of I Am Not Your Negro

Sep 8, 2017 8:00 PM 26-100

The Anthropology Department will be sponsoring a screening of the award-winning documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, on the evening of September 12th in Building 26, Room 100.  Admission is free.

Apr 25, 2016

Exit Zero Film Screening

Apr 25, 2016 5:00-8:00 PM Bartos Theater, E15-070

Join us for a moving, intimate portrait of a Rust Belt family struggling to come to terms with a changing America... What happens when industry leaves a community? Does moving up mean moving out for the next generation?

Dec 9, 2015

Film Screening: Ganesh Yourself - a film by Emmanuel Grimaud

Emmanuel Grimaud

Dec 9, 2015 5:00-7:00 PM

French filmmaker and anthropologist, Emmanuel Grimaud, will be presenting his latest film, Ganesh Yourself,  about a "wild-tech" robot with an elephant head, designed in the image of the Hindu god Ganesh, walking through the streets of Mumbai. Discussion by Michael M.J. Fischer and reception to follow.

Apr 19, 2013

Making Movies, Making Science

Christine Walley

MIT Department of Anthropology

Apr 19, 2013 6:00-8:00 PM MIT Museum

Challenge your views of the world around you with video screenings from MIT's DV Lab. See what happens when documentary film production takes on a social scientific outlook. Join us for a series of short films by MIT students that offer an innovative, intimate look at the worlds of science and technology both at MIT and beyond. Filmmakers will be available for a Q&A after the screenings. Hosted by Professor Christine Walley and Chris Boebel.