Ann B. Stahl, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria, Canada will present the Journal of Anthropological Research Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNM Anthropology Lecture Hall in Room 163.

Her topic is “Africa in the World: (Re)-centering African History through Archeology.”  She says in the early post-colonial decades, scholars of Africa’s past turned inward, endeavoring to demonstrate the independence of Africa from the world.  In particular, she says scholars worked toward demonstrating ways in which Africans developed social, political and technological innovation.  She will discuss how recent archaeological scholarship centered on the last two millennia in sub-Saharan Africa is transforming our understanding of the subcontinent’s relationship with other world region.

Stahl will also present a specialized seminar on “Ritualization and Metal-Working: Deposition and the dynamics of Practice in Banda, Ghana, AD 1300-1650 on Friday, Nov. 15 at noon in Anthropology Room 248.

Both events are open and free to the public.  The lecture is sponsored by the Journal of Anthropological Research, which is published by the University of New Mexico in the interest of general anthropology.