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food-material-culture-book.webpFaculty Highlights

In collaboration with his former student and SIU PhD Leonidas Vournelis, Dr. David Sutton published a chapter in the volume The Handbook of Food and Material Culture (Bloomsbury, 2023). The chapter explores some of the key symbolic dichotomies of Neoliberalism in Greece, and is titled "When the Numbers Prosper, The People Suffer: Robust Food Cultures, Tacit Knowledge and the Abstractions of Contemporary Neoliberal Culture."

Student Highlights

Abraham Packard (MA Student, Anthropology) recently won First Place among graduate student oral presentations in Anthropology and Archaeology at the Illinois State Academy of Sciences annual meeting in Peoria. His paper was based on his recently defended thesis, titled "Bones, Bugs and Bioerosion: Dermestid Beetle Substrate Preference and their Taphonomic Effect on Bone." His advisor, Gretchen R. Dabbs (Professor, Anthropology) was co-author of the paper.