Anthropology is a science of humanity that addresses human issues both from a cultural and from a biological point of view. The narrowest concern of anthropology is the survival of humanity; its broadest is the conditions of continuity and change for all human life. While broadly educated, individual anthropologists generally specialize in a particular approach to this whole view of humanity.
Kathleen Buddle is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Manitoba. She has published extensively on the cultural history of media activism in Canadian “Indian Country,” and on cultural performance and politics in the production of urban indigenous localities. She is currently engaged in collaborative research with a Winnipeg-based Native grandmother’s council, documenting the women’s efforts to intervene in the lives of sexually exploited street youth, and to curb violence against children.
Buddle also works intensively with Native street gang members in three prairie cities, inquiring into the cultural production of prairie lawlessness and into the disciplining of the bodies of criminal others. The gang project is concerned with the performative aspects of gang sociality and with the situating of “disorder” at the confluence of race, gender, geography and generation.
Anna Fournier’s research deals with youth perspectives on human rights in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet states. She conducted fieldwork in Ukraine, inquiring into the way high school students understand and claim human rights in the educational setting as well as on the “streets” as a site for participation in social movements. She links young people’s articulations of rights and justice to changing configurations of morality under conditions of capitalist transformation.
Her current project examines recent democratic revolutions and popular uprisings in post-Soviet countries and the Middle East, asking in what ways the global discourse of human rights is reproduced or challenged by new forms of claims making and an emergent language of political and economic justice. She asks what it means to claim rights through the “popular uprising” as a form that is modular in some respects yet also rooted in local histories and political cultures.
Ellen Judd’s early work explored China’s distinctive path to socialism and human rights by examining cultural construction and social mobilization in pre-Liberation and Cultural Revolution China. She also examined the gendered implications of China’s post-socialist rural economic reforms in north China in the 1980s and 1990s, and the official and unofficial responses of women’s movements in the 1990s. This work involved study of Canadian and international women’s movements.
Judd’s recent work focuses on the implications of China’s market-driven development and the implications of massive rural-urban migration for disadvantaged rural communities in upland west China. This has extended the study of disparities of gender and rural status to those of region, age, (dis)ability and health. Her current SSHRC project explores how west China migrants, who are excluded from urban social programs and marginal to rural social programs, care for their health and that of their trans-local families through long-standing cultural resources and new health programs. She has written two books on these experiences: Gender and Power in Rural North China and The Chinese Women’s Movement between State and Market.
Since 2006, Judd has been part of a Sichuan University-University of Manitoba team that is training Chinese people to respond to HIV/AIDS in their country, especially within high-risk and vulnerable populations. Judd has also applied anthropological research to questions of human rights at the University of Manitoba through a diversity audit in the department of anthropology. She has supported work in the anthropology of violence and peace and in gender critique in development through her editorial work withAnthropologica and with Zed Press.
Judd is a distinguished professor of anthropology.
Dr. Fabiana Li is an associate anthropology professor at the University of Manitoba. Her research explores conflicts related to natural resource extraction in Latin America. She focuses on the controversies of mining activity, including pollution, community rights and the accountability of mining corporations.
Recently, Li has looked at mining development on the Chile-Argentina border.
She wants to learn more about how and why new extraction areas are imagined as having unlimited potential for mining and investment, and how this vision is challenged by local and international activism.
In the future, Li hopes to make connections between her research in South America and resource extraction issues in Canada.
Li earned her PhD in 2009 at the University of California, her MA from Simon Fraser University in 2001, and her BA from University of Toronto in 1999.
Dr. Monks is department head and professor of anthropology at the University of Manitoba.
He has a long-standing interest in laws about Canadian archaeological heritage, which do not currently exist at the federal level. As heritage has been identified by the United Nations as a human right, Monks’ research on the archaeological culture heritage of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples ties into issues of broader social justice and human rights.
His other research interests include the fur trade, the Northwest coast, and archaeological method and theory.
Monks has offered a graduate seminar on international heritage legislation, and some of this material is also covered in the Cultural Resource Management courses offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels (ANTH 3960 and ANTH 7410).
Monks earned his PhD from the University of British Columbia.