Medusa Graduate Student Symposium

Medusa is the annual colloquium hosted by the Anthropology Graduate Students Union at the University of Toronto. Medusa features high quality presentations, panels, media exhibits and keynotes from all four sub-disciplines of anthropology. In 2013, the AGSU hosted its first symposium style Medusa event, which was open to all U of T departments, as well as interested students at other universities.  The event was a great success, with presentations from students in all sub-disciplines.  Faculty are welcome to attend, and students are encouraged to take this opportunity to practice conference presentations or present on their current research. 

In previous years, Medusa ran as a student lecture series with one or more dates each semester.  Some past abstracts can be viewed by following the links here: 2011-12 pamphlet 1, 2011-12 pamphlet 2, 2011-12 pamphlet 3.

Medusa abstracts and/or papers can also be published in our graduate student publication.

Medusa 2018 Information :

The Anthropology Graduate Student Union (AGSU) at the University of Toronto invites proposals for the 5th annual MEDUSA colloquium. The colloquium will take place on Thursday, March 15th and Friday, March16th, 2018 in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, St. George campus.

The theme of the 2018 colloquium is “Diversity”. Diversity is an essential pillar of anthropological research uniting our goal as researchers in documenting human experience throughout time and across space in its many, varied forms. We encourage applications from both graduate and undergraduate students in all sub-fields of Anthropology, along with students from other disciplines and institutions. With the theme of Medusa 2018, we challenge anthropologists and others to consider who and what is included (or excluded) in encounters between various species, environments, disparate groups, and ideas. We encourage submissions of quality student research on any topic, but especially those which creatively interpret disparity, collaboration, and resilience to realize our goal of decolonizing and diversifying anthropological research.

Colloquium Format:

We are accepting panel presentation submissions, individual paper presentations, and poster presentations. Individual papers will be grouped together across sub-fields and disciplines according to their topic. Presentations will be 15 minutes in length, followed by discussion. Posters are to be no larger than 3'10” or 116 cm in width by 4’ or 120 cm in length. Prizes will be awarded for the best student paper and poster. Pending funding, we will offer modest compensation for travel expenses. Such funds will be disbursed on a case-by-case basis, and are not guaranteed. In addition to presentation and poster submissions, we encourage the submission of media works related to your research and fieldwork. This includes photography, auditory media, or other creative compositions. Please contact us should you require any further clarification.

Submission Instructions:

For individual papers and posters, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to by Friday January 12th, 2018. For panel submissions, please submit a proposal as well as the abstracts for each paper on the panel (maximum 4 papers). Submissions should also include the following information in the body of the email: presenter’s name, research focus, program, level and year of study (Undergraduate, MA, MSc, PhD), departmental and university affiliation, complete address, telephone number, email address, title of paper, and audio-visual requirements.



Got Anthropology

Faculty Advisor, Dr. Mary Silcox and Director Jess Davidson

Got Anthropology is a free lecture series, open to the public. Our goals include making anthropology fun and accessible, as well as bringing new and interesting research to the greater Toronto public. We hold a talk on the second to last Wednesday of every month, at 7pm, in the Astrophysics Building, room AB107. You can visit the Got Anthro facebook page for more information, or follow us on Twitter (@GotAnthro) and Instagram (@gotanthro). More information for 2016-2017 TBA.


SCHEDULE TBA - See Below for 2015-2016 Schedule

October 27th, 2015

Rebecca Gray: Traditional Knowledge in the Canadian North: Ways of Knowing the Past, Present, and Future

November 25th, 2014

Malcolm Ramsay: From A to Zoonoses: How Disease Travel from Animals to Humans

January 27st, 2015

Aleksa AlaicaAnimals and their By-Products: More than Just Resources

February 24th, 2015

Emma YasuiConsuming the Past: The Curious Relationships between Now and Then

March 20th, 2015

Jean Chia: Who Wants to Return to That? Negotiating the Price of Modernity in Singapore

April 20th, 2015

Peter Muirhead: Uneasy Markings: Thinking Through/Around Mental Health Stigma


department of Anthropology ANNUAL speaker series


The Department of Anthropology is pleased to play host to numerous regional and subfield scholars who have made an impact in the discipline. Many of these speakers come through invitations given by the Ethnography Lab, the Colloquium Series, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the University of Toronto Archaeology Centre. The schedule for, and location of, these numerous events for 2016-2017 can be found here, and are often advertised with flyers on the doorways of the Department of Anthropology at St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough Campuses.