The graduate student journal in anthropology at the University of Toronto.
Deadline: April 30, 2010
Greetings from the University of Toronto,
Have you written a great paper for a course this year and would like
to see it published? Are you interested in gaining valuable reviewing
Vis-à-vis: Explorations in Anthropology is the official graduate
student journal of the University of Toronto. Vis-à-vis is an
electronic, peer-reviewed, and student-produced journal funded by the
U of T Anthropology Graduate Student Union. Our goal is to provide a
space in which graduate students from across Canada can present
innovative research while gaining publishing experience. You can learn
more about vis-à-vis, see our submission criteria, and view the latest
issue released in February 2010 by visiting our website:
Submissions for the Fall 2010 edition are currently being solicited.
We welcome submissions from graduate students in any anthropology
sub-discipline or related field, from any Canadian university. The
journal encourages the submission of scholarly papers written as part
of a course requirement. The deadline for submission is April 30,
2010. We are also looking for reviewers for this year's submissions.
Please see below for short descriptions of the articles in our
February 2010 issue.
For further information, please contact the vis-à-vis editorial team
listed below as well as on our website.
Thank you and we look forward to your submissions!
vis-à-vis: Explorations in Anthropology
Preview of Current Issue: Vol 10(1) February 2010
Applying Human Interactive and Communicative Theories to Ringtailed
Lemur (Lemur catta) Communication
Laura M Bolt (University of Toronto)
This article describes the four principal types of ringtailed lemur
(Lemur catta) communication: tactile, visual, olfactory, and acoustic
communication, and how lemur social interaction depends on their use.
It also applies theories about human interaction from several
linguistic anthropologists to lemur communicative processes.
Anthropology and Anglo-hegemonics
Rastko Cvekic (University of Toronto)
This brief article explores the tendency to publish anthropological
research results and theoretical debate only in English, at the
expense of contributing to anthropological traditions in other
languages. It is argued that publication in languages other than
English should be valued positively rather than discouraged.
From Rags to Riches, the Policing of Fashion and Identity:
Governmentality and "What Not To Wear"
Sheri Gibbings and Jessica Taylor (University of Toronto)
This paper explores the Learning Channel (TLC) television show What
Not to Wear (WNTW), which provides fashion advice to deviant dressers.
We use Foucault's concept of governmentality to understand how WNTW
engages women in their own projects of self-improvement in ways that
are simultaneously disciplinary and pleasing. As the promotion for the
website states, this show is all about "Stacy and Clinton reveal[ing]
how to be the best possible you." Also, "No miniskirts after 35."
Exercises of Power: Applying Foucault's Conceptions of Power to
Mazahua and Inuit Enculturation Events
Joanna Rae Pearson (University of New Brunswick)
By applying three prominent Foucaudian concepts related to the
exercise of power in terms of the individual - 'acting upon action',
'pastoral power', and the use of 'power technologies' - this paper
(Exercises of Power: Applying Foucault's Conceptions of Power to
Mazahua and Inuit Enculturation Events) explores the enculturation of
children into the Mazahua and Inuit cultures.
Neandertal Man the Hunter: a history of Neandertal subsistence
Elspeth Ready (Trent University)
In this paper, the historical development of ideas about Neandertal
subsistence is examined. This study suggests that research on
Neandertal subsistence behaviours has been influenced by historical
trends in archaeological, physical anthropological, and evolutionary
theory, as well as perceptions of the relationship between Neandertals
and modern humans.
Variations on a familiar theme: Reflections on advocacy journalism and
the neoliberalization of mental health activism in 21st-century Canada
Eugenia Tsao (University of Toronto)
How are progressive news outlets complicit in the depoliticization of
mental illness? Why does it matter when political activists
participate in the commoditization of health and happiness? What's at
stake when journalists are entrusted with determining and furthering
the interests of marginalized populations? Using discursive analytic
methods, Tsao examines these questions by unpacking the Canadian print
media's penchant for identifying psychiatric diagnosis with financial
Style, Symboling and Interaction in Middle Stone Age Societies
Jayne Wilkins (University of Toronto)
This article examines the archaeological evidence in Africa for the
symbolic use of projectile points during the period of time
traditionally thought to pre-date the origins of modern human
behaviour. The archaeological record suggests that these early humans
actively used style and were involved in extensive trade networks,
adding support to the more recent view that modern human behaviour can
be traced to the African Middle Stone Age.