Summer Study Abroad in Central Asia – Anthropology and Identity


This program investigates the intersection of language and social identity. By examining anthropological approaches to the study of language, with consideration of culture, thought, ethnicity, religion, status, and gender, it will explore the ancient histories and modern cultures of Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen, and Uzbek societies. These societies, influenced by myriad civilizations, are today marked by uniquely diverse bilingual and multilingual speech communities of speakers with command of Slavic, Turkic, and Indo-Iranian languages.

Students will be actively immersed in the language and culture of Kyrgzystan and will practice anthropological research and field methods through extensive use of media resources, natural language examples, and recent scholarly and scientific research in linguistic anthropology in different Central Asian societies. A week-long horseback trek into the mountains of Kyrgyzstan will directly introduce students to modern nomads and their way of life and a culminating research project on the region will deepen and enrich students’ first-hand experience of the region.

This program includes a one-week trek by horseback through the Kyrgyz mountains. Take in breathtaking scenery and experience for yourself the rural and nomadic lifestyle.

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Program dates and costs:

Full Summer (10 weeks): Cost: $7,990
May 28 – Aug 5, 2018 (Apply by: March 1, 2018)

Mid Summer (5 weeks): Cost: $4,495
June 18 – July 22, 2018 (Apply by: April 15, 2018)

The University of Montana issues the transcript for this course and all other SRAS programs in Kyrgyzstan.

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The School of Russian and Asian Studies
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Myths & Reality in the Indian Himalayas

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As we celebrate the winter holiday season, it’s a good time to reflect on the role of myths in our everyday reality. Early Processual archaeologists thought that myths, religion and all things ideological were only byproducts of prime movers (environment, political and economic systems). Post Processual archaeologists helped adjust this notion. Today, most archaeologists acknowledge the central role ideologies play in initiating and changing human culture and its evolutionary trajectory.

Myths, and the way they manifest themselves in daily lives, are the subject of our India-Himalayas program. Directed by Dr. Sonali Gupta (UCLA) and Dr. Parth Chauhan (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research at Mohali), this field school examines contemporary myths and explores their relationships to the archaeological record. The program takes place at the Kullu Valley, located in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh; it is rich in archaeological heritage and historical records (see video below).

The research goal for this project is to better understand the role of myths in the Kullu Valley and how such myths influence architecture, rituals and use of space. The project will further explore the interaction of contemporary people with sacred sites in the Himalayas where myths are depicted and form part of daily life.

Little archaeological work has been conducted in the area to date. Being held for the first time this summer, the 2018 field program offers great potential for exploration and research. Students will employ non-invasive archaeological and applied anthropological techniques including ethnographies, film making and photo documentation of sacred sites and the way contemporary people interact with them.
We hope you will further explore the webpage for this field school and help us spread the word. The video below introduces the project principal director and the spectacular sacred architecture of the Kullu Valley.

Paper Airplanes is Looking for Volunteers


Paper Airplanes is Looking for Volunteers

Paper Airplanes is looking for Turkish tutors, English tutors, and English tutor coordinators

​.​ Paper Airplanes provides free, one-on-one virtual language and skills instruction to people affected by conflict. Our goal is to help our students learn critical languages and marketable skills for their pursuit of higher education and employment. No prior tutoring experience or Arabic language skills required, although both are appreciated. Please contact Paper Airplanes Director of Programming, Dr. Anna Farrell, at with any questions.

New ANTH Ph.D. program at Colorado State


New Anthropology PHD Program Focused on Place, Space, and Adaptation Launching Fall 2018

The Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado is pleased to announce a new Ph.D. program with an emphasis on Place, Space, and Adaptation. This program integrates geographic perspectives and techniques with the traditional disciplinary foci of anthropology and prepares students for academic positions as well as jobs outside the academy. A MA/MS in anthropology, geography, or a related field is required to enter the program.

This innovative PhD builds on the diverse research interests of our faculty who specialize in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology as well as human and physical geography. The program will provide students with the conceptual expertise and skills to address research questions that:

  • sit at the intersection of anthropology and geography
  • apply geographic methods to anthropological questions
  • critically evaluate the impact of place and space on human/ecosystem adaptation
  • Due date for applications is Feb 1, 2018

For more information please visit the website or email:

Summer 2018 Ethnography & Field Study Abroad in Mexico


OSEA celebrates 15 years of innovative trans-cultural exchange, community outreach, language immersion, service learning, and interdisciplinary field study in the Maya Community of Pisté, Yucatán, México.

Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology

Founded in 2003, OSEA provides US students training in ethnography and community based service learning. Participants learn to design & conduct research on issues that are significant for you. Focus on academic research or practicum experience that gives you the edge for grad program, medical school or work in public or private sector.

— OSEA is pronounced in Spanish, “​Oh Say-Ah”—

Students design research on issues that they choose, in areas such as:

  • Medical anthropology, public health, medical pluralism,
  • Heritage, community tourism, sustainability, eco-tourism,
  • Gender/sexualities, new ways of being Maya in global culture, identity & social media
  • Spiritualities & belief, religion & rituals of belonging
  • NGOs & globalization, tourism ethnography, anthropology of food,
  • Theatre & music, performance, anthropology of art/aesthetic
  • Community culture and politics, Mexican electoral politics

OSEA is Ideal for all majors, including:

Anthropology, PreMed, Public Health, Journalism, Global Studies, Ecology, Latin American Studies, Psychology, Gender Studies, Urban Development

OSEA 2018 Programs

  • Six Week Ethnography Field School: Jun 17 to July 28
  • Four Week Options for 6 credits in different sessions
  • Intensive Spanish. Jun 5 to Jun 17
  • Maya Language Immersion (6 weeks). Jun 17-July 28

Early Decision Enrollment for next summer begins on December 20

  • Early Decision Enrollment $300 tuition discount. Deadline Jan 20
  • Regular Enrollment Deadline Feb 20
  • Late Enrollment Available after Feb 25
  • Online Application Process

Home Stays with Maya families. Live in Pisté, Yucatán. 3km from Chichén Itzá

Learn about Experience of Past Participants

Please Email us directly with your questions!

Dr. Quetzil Castaneda, Director OSEA,

Zachary Glen Brandner, Field School Coordinator,

or, leave voicemail for Quetzil at 812.855.9099

We look forward to working with you this summer!

​Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology

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Archaeology masters study opportunities at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK


Come and join us for unique archaeological programmes focusing on the Archaeology of the Global North at a university with over 500 years of history. Our staff are leading scientists, researchers and fieldworkers in Northern Europe, Scandinavia, the North Atlantic and high latitude regions from Siberia and Mongolia to North America. Study in a department ranked top for research in Scotland.

MA/BSc Archaeology (4 yr undergraduate degrees)
MSc Archaeology/Archaeology of the North (1 yr PGT)
MSc Archaeology: Vikings in Focus (option) (1 yr PGT)
MSc Osteoarchaeology (1 yr PGT)
PhD in a range of specialisms
Certificate in Archaeology (2 yr part time)

University of Aberdeen’s archaeology department is one of the highest ranking departments in Scotland, located in one of Europe’s oldest universities, and one of the world’s most interesting archaeological countries.

Archaeology at Aberdeen has a special high-latitude focus that is found nowhere else. Reflecting this, our staff are prominent researchers and fieldworkers in Northern Europe, Scandinavia, the North Atlantic and the circumpolar region from Siberia to the Canadian arctic. Closer to home, the archaeology of Scotland is a natural priority. Spanning the humanities and physical sciences, our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offer a complete archaeological education with a distinctive northern flavour.

We have a range of Master’s programmes at Aberdeen including our MSc Archaeology, MSc Archaeology of the North, MSc Archaeology: Vikings in Focus and our new MSc Osteoarchaeology programme. Each is different, but there are also possibilities for combining courses from each to make your own unique programme. Each builds on the research specialisms and collections of the university.

At postgraduate level, we deliver what we believe to be one of the most unique programmes of its kind in the world – “MSc Archaeology of the North”. This is a one year thought MSc programme which commences in September 2018. The programme is in its fifth year and already it has attracted significant interest from North American students.

Starting in September 2018 we are launching a new programme MSc in Osteoarchaeology. This programme will work with the substantial collection of human remains held in the Marischal Museum collections at the university, which is a unique resource fir a MSc programme.

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Urban Teachers Student Opportunity

Are you curious about: a career in education, making an impact on young people, and continuing to move the needle on effective and well-rounded education in this country? Are you also looking for a meaningful and lucrative full-time career that allows you to help create change in our society? Well, Urban Teachers may be just what you’re looking for.

Who are we?Urban Teachers, an AmeriCorps Affiliate program, is transforming the way people are prepared for a career in teaching. Through hands-on training, coaching and peer support, we give our teachers the skills needed to improve outcomes for students in high-need communities. By doing so, our teachers are changing the lives of the students, families, and communities they serve, as well their own.

What you need to know:

  • Urban Teachers 1st App Deadline – Monday, October 16th at 11:59 pm – Apply now! This is your first opportunity to get your foot in the door of a rewarding career. Applying is not committing – so if you’re interested in the program, I recommend you pursue it by completing an application. The application should take no more than 30-40 min to complete.
  • Phone Chats – Madison Reiser is your representative from Urban Teachers and the person who can answer your questions about the program. Setting up an informal phone chat is a great way to learn more about the program, and get help with your application! Please reach out to her at, or follow this link to schedule a time to talk with her!

Our teachers know that in their classrooms, students are building great futures. Change starts in the classroom, are you ready to be that change?