Research on human migration, 'breastsleeping,' peace movements, and more!
Research on human migration, 'breastsleeping,' peace movements, and more!

New Books Show How Challenges
of Human Migration Span Centuries

Their subjects are separated by hundreds of years and thousands of miles, yet two recent books by Notre Dame anthropologists have striking similarities on the driving forces behind human migration. Living and Leaving: A Social History of Regional Depopulation in Thirteenth-Century Mesa Verde, by Associate Professor Donna Glowacki, untangles the web of reasons why an entire culture simply packed up and left the Four Corners region nearly 800 years ago. Crimes of Peace: Mediterranean Migrations at the World’s Deadliest Border, by Assistant Professor Maurizio Albahari, examines why African and Middle Eastern migrants and refugees risk their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Read More

There is no such thing as infant sleep or breastfeeding—only "breastsleeping," anthropologists James McKenna and Lee Gettler argue in a new peer-reviewed commentary piece in the European journal Acta Paediatrica. McKenna and Gettler use the term to refer to bedsharing with breastfeeding in the absence of all known hazardous factors. The researchers hope to legitimize it to accommodate and support mothers who bedshare as they better manage their milk supply, get more sleep, strengthen their attachments, and validate their roles as mothers. Read More

Ph.D. Student Examines Youths' Role in
Colombia's Peace-Building Movements

The young people of war-torn northern Colombia want their homes and their lifestyle back. Displaced from their villages by guerrilla and paramilitary groups, they've founded a successful peace-building movement. Ph.D. student Angela Lederach wants to know why. She’s spent the last two summers living in Cartagena, Colombia, researching the Peaceful Movement of the Alta Montaña, and plans to return in August for at least a year to continue researching the organization for her dissertation. Read More

Anthropologist and Filmmaker Launch
Innovative Multimedia Book Project on
History and Heritage of Irish Islands

The abandoned island of Inishark off the coast of western Ireland is coming to life again thanks to new technology—a multimedia book project by Notre Dame anthropologist Ian Kuijt and filmmaker William Donaruma ’89. Island Places, Island Lives details the history of Inishark and its neighboring island, Inishbofin. Along with text and photographs, the book incorporates short videos of the island that appear on a smartphone or tablet when readers, using a free companion app, hold their device over key images in the book. Read More

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