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Cultural Anthropology

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An image from graduate student Bryce Peake’s photo-ethnographic research on the Toronto Zombie Walk. His photo “Red Dress Critique” depicts a critical performance against ‘victim’ representations of women in horror films, and is from his Master’s research on the implications of trance-states on imaginative forms of social activism.

Cultural anthropology at the University of Oregon embraces a diverse array of approaches to the study of culture and society. Faculty and graduate students in the department conduct research on a wide range of theoretical questions about the workings of social and cultural systems and beliefs through ethnographic research and comparative/historical analysis. Topical interests among the faculty include globalization; gender; social movements; ethnicity; identity and representation; nationalism, heritage; migration, tourism; political economy; indigenous rights and human rights; expressive culture and performance; environment; medical anthropology; evolutionary psychology; and development. Members of our sociocultural faculty conduct research in South Asia; the Pacific; Africa; Europe; and diverse locations in the Americas (including Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, and the United States, including its overseas territories.). The cultural program is highly interdisciplinary and involves collaborations with the other anthropological subfields, with researchers across campus, and with international scholars.