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 2017 Information :

Join us for the Annual Medusa Graduate Student Conference! 

Medusa is a student colloquium hosted by the Anthropology Graduate Students Union. The theme of the 2017 colloquium is translation, exploring notions of understanding, connection and accessibility. 

March 15-17th, 2017

Location: AP 246, 19 Russell St, Toronto ON

All welcome, no registration free

Conference Schedule and AbstractsConference Schedule and Abstracts

Special Workshop:

 Friday March 17th, 11:15-11:45am - Dr. Elizabeth Dunn 

Keynote Presentation:

 Friday March 17th, 3-5pm - Dr. Tina Moffat

Special Session for Students Affected by U.S. Travel Ban: Wednesday

 March 15 3-5pm

Dates: March 16-17th, 2017 (opening reception on March 15th)


The theme of the 2017 colloquium is “Translation”. Translation is a word that itself can be defined in different ways. From protein synthesis within living organisms, to interpretations of ancient and modern languages; translation is a concept that is used in a variety of ways within anthropological inquiry. However, anthropological knowledge production often leaves behind many who could benefit from our unique perspectives. With the theme of Medusa 2017 we challenge anthropologists to disseminate their most thought provoking and interesting work that showcases the new generation of collaborative anthropology. We encourage the submission of high-quality student research on any topic, but most especially those which creatively interpret themes of accessibility, connection, and understanding.



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.