New Issue of Spectrum, the Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology

March 16, 2015

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The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce the publication of their newest edition of Spectrum: An Undergraduate Journal. In this fourth issue, students present research articles and book reviews that cover topics in religion and gender, medical anthropology, and archaeology and historical anthropology. The journal is a showcase for the kinds of research and inquiry that students and faculty engage in each year in the Department.

Student researchers featured in this issue are Molly Foye, Samantha Cotellessa, Holly Linseman, Benjamin Rideout, and Alecia Bassett. Providing book reviews are Christian Kapstad, James Naas, Emily Belanus, and Samantha Flecchia. The issue is edited by Professors Natalie Porter and Svetlana Peshkova.

“Students in our department mobilize everything from myth to material culture, oral history to ecological indicators, primary to secondary sources, firsthand experiences to media accounts, in order to explore the continuities and changes affecting various social and cultural groups worldwide,” note Porter and Peshkova in their introduction to the issue. “This holistic approach to academic research that builds on convergences between socio-cultural anthropology and archaeology is at the core of our identity as an undergraduate only Department of Anthropology.”

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UNH Anthropologist Publishes Book on Women and Islam

November 24, 2014

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Professor Svetlana Peshkova has published Women, Islam, and Identity: Public Life in Private Spaces in Uzbekistan (Syracuse University Press, 2014), an ethnographic study that examines women’s roles as religious leaders in a conservative Muslim community in Uzbekistan. Peshkova is an assistant professor of anthropology at UNH. Her research interests focus on gender dynamics, Muslim women leaders, and transnational Islamic movements.

Available from the publisher and major online retailers.

The Cyborg Inside Me, Summer Registration Opens Today

March 25, 2013

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Anthropology professor Svetlana Peshkova channeled her inner cyborg and created the new Anthropology of the Internet course that she will teach this summer. The course, ANTH 508, will explore will explore interactions between humans and the digital landscape.

“Digital technologies … are a part of the students’ daily life,” says Prof. Peshkova. “Video gaming, texting, the Web, iPads, e-readers, smart phones, computers, and virtual reality provide all of us with new experiences. They challenge time and geographic boundaries, and consequently our understandings of what it means to be human.”

Registration for summer courses opens today. The College is offering dozens of online courses, as well as on-campus and study abroad opportunities.

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Read more about Prof. Peshkova’s course in UNH Today.

New issue of the student journal of anthropology explores landscape

October 18, 2012

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The second annual issue of Spectrum, an online journal, has just been published. Spectrum provides a venue for UNH students to share their work in the field of anthropology with the university community and the general public.

“By publishing their work, we recognize students’ efforts and their thorough and interesting research,” says Prof. Svetlana Peshkova, who co-edited the journal with Prof. Meghan Howey.

This issue includes articles by Emma Pankey, Jillian Price, Marika Labash, Krista Silva, Hillary Christopher, and Jessica Faycurry.

“All of the papers in this year’s issue deal with questions of landscape, its meaning, and function, its effects on human beings and how it is experienced and transformed by humans,” notes Prof. Peshkova.

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September 17, 2012

"Versatile" is a word befitting the considered contemporary life. --Svetlana Peshkova, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

It’s here: Spectrum

October 7, 2011

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The Department of Anthropology has launched a new online undergraduate journal called Spectrum. Its purpose is to provide a venue for UNH students to publish and share their work with the university community and the general public. Edited by anthropology professors Svetlana Peshkova and Eleanor Harrison-Buck, the inaugural issue, just published, includes student articles by Olivia Marcus, Matt Bouchard, Alanna Duffy, and Ashley Bourgault.

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