Kathleen Lowrey, PhD University of Chicago, MA University of Chicago, BSc University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Anthropology Dept

Pronouns: https://www.filia.org.uk/latest-news/2021/12/1/should-you-declare-your-pronouns-a-simple-guide

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Anthropology Dept
Email
klowrey@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-2514
Address
14-23 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
EdmontonAB
T6G 2H4

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Lowland South American anthropology; Gran Chaco; ethnohistory; shamanism; disability; vulnerability; care work; radical feminism


About

I coordinated the fall 2020 launch of the Canadian chapter of the Women's Declaration International, about which you can learn more here. I gave a talk for the WDI international webinar in November 2020, which you can watch here. In March 2021, I was a WDI panelist at the United Nations Convention on the Status of Women NGO virtual forum; you can watch the entire panel, including my portion, here. The University of Alberta has reacted punitively to my outspoken criticisms of trans activism and trans ideology, in ways I detail in a document appended to my CV (find link above).


Research

My 2020 bookShamanism and Vulnerability on the North and South American Great Plains, addresses the fact that Indigenous shamanism in the Americas has often been treated as a technology predicated on predatory masculine power rather than as a relational practice predicated on the shared vulnerability of women, men, families and communities.  I am currently at work on a new book that asks why the anthropology of women has over the past several decades systematically been replaced by putatively feminist anthropologies of everything but women -- genders, bodies, species, and ontologies.


Teaching

Anthropology 101 Introduction to Anthropology

Anthropology 207 Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

Anthropology 235 Anthropology of Disability 

Anthropology 286 Indigenous South America

Anthropology 324 Economic Anthropology

Anthropology 332 Anthropology of Science

Anthropology 350 Kinship and Social Organization

Anthropology 420 / 520 Anthropology and the Twentieth Century

Anthropology 487 / 587 Anthropology of Women


Announcements

I welcome inquiries about research supervision from potential graduate (particularly at the MA level) and undergraduate students in the fields of lowland South American anthropology, South American ethnohistory, comparative ethnohistory of South and North America, economic anthropology, disability studies, radical feminism, and the relationship of historical and contemporary evolutionary theory to anthropology.

Courses

ANTHR 101 - Introductory Anthropology

Introduction to past and present anthropological approaches through the study of human diversity.

Fall Term 2022

ANTHR 286 - Topics in Regional Anthropology

Consult the Department and/or the schedule of classes for the specific topics offered. Variable content course which may be repeated if topic(s) vary.

Winter Term 2023

ANTHR 350 - Kinship and Social Structure

Anthropological approaches to kinship systems and other concepts of social organization, emphasizing non-western societies. Offered in alternate years.

Fall Term 2022

ANTHR 487 - Seminar in Social, Cultural and/or Linguistic Anthropology

Consult the Department for the specific topics offered and any recommended courses to be completed prior to registering.

Winter Term 2023

ANTHR 587 - Advanced Seminar in Social, Cultural and/or Linguistic Anthropology

Consult the Department and/or the University timetable for the specific topics offered.

Winter Term 2023

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