Re: Grad prgms w/feminist anths

karl h schwerin (schwerin@UNM.EDU)
Fri, 3 Nov 1995 11:45:00 -0700

On Tue, 31 Oct 1995, Karoline M. Hermes wrote:

> I am looking for any graduate school programs anywhere in the country that
> have a concentration of faculty that deal with gender/feminist anth. In
> the future, I would like to begin to examine anthropology from the feminine
> point of view. Much valuable information has been lost or overlooked due to
> the viewing of human evolution, development of society, etc. from the male
> only perspective. I am not saying, of course, that this was a conscious
> effort on the part of all the male anths out there! But, at a more simple
> level,seek cessation of using the term "Man" to represent all of us (which
> yes, does continue), or books that illustrate the human form with the male
> only. What about a female material culture? We identify Paleolithic
> cultures through tool kits, used by men. Where does the female contribution
> lie? These are the issues that interest me; along with development of female
> or male consciousness, violence between the sexes, resentment of female
> reproductive powers and subsequent subjugation of females for control over
> their reproduction etc., (without sounding too idealistic, ultimatly seeking an
> equilibrium of expressive freedom and life choices for both sexes...).
> Is there anyone else out there who also loves this stuff, whom I can
> study with beginning next Fall? Thanks very much in advance.
> Karoline Hermes
> PS. Individual thanks to come soon to those who responded to my last posting!
> All of your info was invaluable to me - thanks.

The University of New Mexico has several faculty members who are leaders
in gender/feminist anthropology. These include Louise Lamphere, Sylvia
Rodriguez (both in cultural anthropology) as well as Jane Lancaster (in
Human Evolutionary Ecology - what John Bosley was inquiring about a few
days ago under the rubric "evolutionary anthropology." We also have
several women archeologists, though I can't say that they are
particularly focused on "feminist/gender issues" in their research. For
information on our program, write to Karen Marty, Graduate Secretary, at
the address below, or e-mail her at

Karl Schwerin SnailMail: Dept. of Anthropology
Univ. of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131

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