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Students Attend SAS Conference

Erin Jordan

Ben McNair


In late March, Dr. Julian M. Murchison, Erin Jordan, and Ben McNair travelled to Richmond, Virginia for the Southern Anthropological Society conference. Erin, Ben, and Dr. Murchison all presented at the conference.

Both Erin and Ben's papers were based on research done for their Honor's Projects. Erin Jordan presented her paper, "The Sixth Stage of Grief: the Art and Aid of Storytelling in Tanzania." She was also the chair of the Arts as Ethnographic Method session. Ben McNair presented his paper, "Argentina's War of Words: Clarín, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the Free Press, and Democracy."

Dr. Murchison's paper, "Examining Polyontologism through a Comparison of Spirit Possession in East Africa," examined his ethnographic work in southern Tanzania in light of recent work by Janet McIntosh on the coast of Kenya, especially ideas presented in her book The Edge of Islam. Dr. Murchison also served as chair of the session on "Anthropology and Islam today".

While at the conference, Julian, Erin, and Ben took the opportunity to enjoy a meal of Ethiopian food at a local Richmond restaurant before returning to Jackson.