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In Situ

Issue 1 (2016)
In Situ 2016

Foreword

Undergraduate Anthropology At Penn

Entry into the world of anthropology at Penn is an intensive process. Undergraduates usually register for the major in the spring semester of their sophomore year and graduate just two years later. The first item on their program is involvement in research. Research is active learning. Writing up and publishing one’s own research is professionalizing. This is the 2016 issue of the Penn Anthropology Undergraduate Research Journal, In Situ, which marks the initial stage in the professionalization of the latest cadre of Penn anthropology majors.

The articles in this issue illustrate this anthropological trajectory. The work was done in China, Cuba, India and Singapore, as well as Mississippi in the U.S. and here on the Penn campus. They transcend the historical divisions between biological, medical, social and cultural research, and illustrate several archaeological methods of analysis. Each of them was first presented at our annual Undergraduate Research Conference, AnthroFest, on February 26, 2016, where the authors not only introduced their work to our anthropology community, but received feedback and led discussion of it that they then incorporated into the write-ups which are presented here, providing a useful representation of Penn Anthropology in the second half of the second decade of the 21st century.

Brian Spooner

Anthropology Undergraduate Chair

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In Situ 2016: University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Research Journal
Ivana Kohut, Kelly Bridges, Eileen Wang, Antonia Diener, Alexandria Mitchem, Zhenia Bemko, Ashley Terry, Benjamin Reynolds, and Vanessa Koh

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Banalities of Evil
Vanessa Koh

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Foreword
Brian Spooner

Editors

Penn Anthropology Undergraduate Chair
Dr. Brian Spooner
Penn Anthropology Undergraduate Coordinator
Shannon Renninger

In Situ 2016

This volume of In Situ is a compilation of original anthropological research papers by students all across the university.