Announcements for ANTH 495

Any new announcements for students in this class will be posted on this website only.

POSTED: 24 March 2007

Updates on Thesis, Honours Student Conference, etc:

1. The due date for the thesis has been extended to WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2007. That is also the day of the Honours Student Conference (more on that below). Please submit a hard copy plus a copy by email. The former is for the Department. The latter is for me to read. For those submitting written accompaniments to their video, the due date has also been revised to April 11 (you can submit that material by email alone).

2. In terms of your final thesis, my commentary will not be as extensive as previously. I will instead restrict myself to a paragraph and notes on how your thesis met the evaluation criteria posted on this site. In the case of the video review, comments will be sent via email (the final grade for the video submission will be on the basis of whichever version appears to be the stronger one, the longer or shorter 20 minute version for the conference).

3. The Honours Student Conference will take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2007. The program is currently being finalized. It should start around 9:00am, in room H-1120.

4. Please send me the title for your conference presentation, as soon as you read this. I need all of the titles today, latest tomorrow.

5. A decision was taken, in the Sociology half of the Honours program, that for the lunch break on the day of the conference there would be a "pot luck" meal. As I had not sufficiently prepared you for this, not knowing that it would be definite and final, everyone is in agreement that if you wish to take part in the meal please feel free to contribute any digestible item at all, or, if you prefer not, you are completely free to have lunch with a friend, on your own, or anything you like during that break. In other words, it is all completely optional and open to you. For those of you who wish to bring something, and have questions of any kind, please contact Bill Reimer at

6. For those who missed class, individual conference presentations are limited to 10 minutes, or 20 minutes for the jointly produced video. Please see the presentation tips and advice page added to the this course website.

POSTED: 10 February 2007

Re: Faculty of Arts and Science Undergraduate Research Day

The Faculty of Arts and Science is pleased to announce the first Annual Undergraduate Research Day that will take place on Friday, March 23, 2007. This event will showcase up and coming undergraduate student researchers in all disciplines across the Faculty. It is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to present their ongoing research findings in an open forum to the Concordia University community.

The Undergraduate Research Day will be composed of a poster session, held in the Atrium of the Library Building, and oral presentations that will take place in the de Sève Cinema. The event is intended to recognize the high level of research that is conducted by students at Concordia University, as well as to acknowledge the tremendous support that students receive from researchers and professors.

We invite each department, college, and institute to select up to 10 poster abstracts that best highlight the undergraduate research in their unit.

In addition, each unit is asked to put forward the name of one student who will be invited to give an oral presentation of their research. Students will be allowed 15 minutes to present their research, and five minutes to answers questions.

The undergraduate research that units wish to promote is broadly defined to encourage the greatest representation of all Arts and Science disciplines, and may include, for example:

* A Honour's thesis, or a portion thereof
* An independent study project
* Creative writing projects
* Short films, documentaries, videos

Although posters will be displayed all day long, posters will be clustered into themes and students will be expected to be onsite to answer questions about their posters during specific times during the day. Each thematic bloc will last for one hour.

An awards session will take place following the final oral presentation session, with one student each from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities receiving an award for Best Oral Presentation. An award will also be presented to one student in each of the three disciplines for the Best Poster Abstract. Oral presentations and Posters will be judged by a panel of Faculty of Arts and Science researchers.

If students' oral presentations involve equipment other than PowerPoint, please specify the type(s) of additional equipment required.

The tentative schedule for the March 23rd Undergraduate Research Day is as follows:

8:00 - 9:30am Installation of posters and oral presentation equipment

9:45 - 11:15am Oral Presentations - Introduction and Welcome by Dr. Catherine Bolton

11:15 - 12:45pm Oral Presentations

12:45 -1:15pm Break

1:15 - 2:45pm Oral Presentations

2:45 - 3:15pm Break

3:00 - 3:30pm Awards Ceremony -Presented by Dr. Graham Carr

3:30 - 4:00pm Poster removal




(Institute of Anthropology
University of Copenhagen)


AT 4:30 P.M.
(please announce in your classes)


Further enquiries, contact Professor Nigel Rapport <>

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology cordially invites you to attend a lecture on a contemporary and crucial aspect of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Professor Robert J. Brym from the University of Toronto will be speaking on

“The Six Lessons of Suicide Bombers”

The lecture will take place on

February 15th, 2007

15:00 to 17:00

At the Sociology and Anthropology department’s Seminar Room (11th floor), room #1120

Concordia University - Hall Building (Downtown - SGW - Campus)

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West

Robert Brym is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He studies the social bases of politics in Canada, Russia and the Middle East. His major works include Intellectuals and Politics (Allen & Unwin, 1980), From Culture to Power: The Sociology of English Canada (Oxford University Press, 1989), The Jews of Moscow, Kiev and Minsk (New York University Press, 1994) and Sociology as a Life or Death Issue (Penguin, 2007). He is also the author, with John Lie and Steven Rytina, of the popular Canadian introductory sociology textbook, Sociology: Your Compass for a New World, 2nd ed. (Nelson, 2007), which has also been published in American and Brazilian editions, with Australian, Japanese and Turkish editions planned. Brym’s current SSHRC-funded research is on suicide bombers in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. He has published on this subject in Social Forces (2006), Political Science Quarterly (forthcoming, 2007) and Contexts (forthcoming, 2007).

Light refreshment will be served

POSTED: 17 January 2007

Sign-up sheets will now be posted on the door of H-1125-11 on Thursday mornings, the week before the appointments, and will be removed on Thursday mornings on the days of the appointments. The next sign up sheet, for appointments on Thursday, January 25, will be posted on Thursday, January 18.

Class sessions: in most cases, students will be in charge of the content and duration of these sessions. Like the first semester, there will be no lectures. Unlike the first semester, there will be no discussion of readings. The focus will be on your individual projects, and you may wish to use class time to discuss issues and concerns pertinent to the research with your class mates. The main agenda item for each class session, posted on the schedule for Winter 2007, is merely a guideline. The course director may come with one general question to ask of all students, but it is expected that students will then direct the discussion and raise different or related issues.

Thesis drafts: everyone's first draft is due, by e-mail, in Word or PDF format, on Thursday, March 1st. Your drafts will receive no grade. The primary purpose is to receive early feedback from the course director. There is no deadline time for the first drafts, but please make sure that it is transmitted to at some time on that date.

POSTED: 03 January 2007

Please note: as in the case of all other courses at Concordia, in the case of unscheduled absences students are informed in two very visible ways: (1) on the front page of the Concordia University website, see the "class cancellations" link; and, (2) displayed on digital billboards throughout the campus. Please check these before going to any of your classes.

APPOINTMENTS, questions, office hours, e-mail, etc.

Students who wish to share news of their progress or have any questions to ask about their research or writing are invited to attend individual appointments in H-1125-11. Given inevitable schedule conflicts, not everyone will be able to attend, and therefore the appointments (unlike class sessions) are not a mandatory requirement. Nevertheless, it may be useful to schedule at least one appointment, in addition to the one reserved for discussion of your thesis draft (please make every effort to schedule an appointment for the latter occasion).

In order to book an appointment, a sign up sheet will be attached to the door of H-1225-11. Each Wednesday before the day of appointments the sign up sheet will be removed by 1:00pm, and those appointments listed will be final. Therefore, please make sure that you have signed up in advance, by the following cut off dates at the very latest:

Wednesday, January 10
Wednesday, January 24
Wednesday, February 7
Wednesday, March 7 (thesis draft discussion--first four students in alphabetical order of their surnames [i.e., BO, BU, DU, GRA])
Wednesday, March 14 (thesis draft discussion--second group of four students [i.e., JA, KU, ME, RO])

If the first two letters of your family name are shown above, that is the date of your appointment to discuss your thesis draft.

Appointments take place only on Thursdays (Jan. 11 & 24; Feb. 7; Mar. 7 & 14), between the hours of 1:00pm and 6:00pm (at a maximum). Since choices for your preferred time slots will be limited, please sign up early. In the event that all students need to be accommodated, appointment time slots are marked out at 25 minute intervals.

To cancel an appointment, simply strike a line through your name, by 1:00pm on the Wednesday before the appointment.

If you have any questions that fall outside of the individual appointments (see the agenda on the front page of this website), please come during office hours for the Winter 2007 semester (also posted on the front page of this website).

E-mail is not a reliable option for contacting the thesis supervisor during Winter 2007. Given increased teaching and supervision duties, e-mail may go either unread and/or unanswered. Normally required accessibility continues to be ensured through Concordia's policy of office hours. Should office hours be cancelled a note may be posted on the door of the office, or, on this page.

POSTED: 18 November 2006

Please make sure that you download copies of the Winter 2007 schedule, the evaluation criteria for upcoming assignments, and that you begin to determine which  time slots on Thursdays (between 1:00pm and 6:00pm) are best for you during the Winter semester for scheduling appointments.

POSTED: 15 September 2006

(Note: though I am late in circulating this, I am sure that Dr. Reimer will still be pleased to talk to you about the following--please arrange an appointment with him)

Hi Sociology and Anthropology Students,

Are you interested in rural Canada? How about issues relating to rural people, groups, or places: such as globalization, community development, environmental issues, crime, health, gender, culture, or governance? Even general curiosity is welcome.

If this sounds interesting, then check out the New Rural Economy Project here in the Department. There are opportunities for research, collaboration, experience, travel, and even funding as part of the Project. You can get to know about us by checking out our web site at and coming to our meeting in H1125.06 at 1:00 PM on Tuesday Sept. 12. You will see some of the projects in which the students have been involved at:

If you have any questions, you could also e-mail me at

Hope to see you at the meeting.

Bill Reimer

Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University (H1125-01)
1455 boul de Maisonneuve O., Montreal, Quebec, CANADA H3G 1M8
Tel: (514) 848-2424 ext.2171 Fax: (450) 689-5435 E-mail:
Bill's Web Workshop: