I’ll present several talks virtually at the upcoming (hybrid-format) American Anthropological Association conference in November (17-21).

My talks:

Wed., Nov. 17th 12 noon – 1:45 pm:

Session: Challenging the Typical Menstrual Experience: Inter-subdisciplinary Approaches to the Anthropology of Menstruation

I’ll chair this session.

This is an online-only Roundtable.

Organizer: Maura Stephens-Chu

Presenters: Maura Stephens-Chu, Lisel Lifshitz, Katharine Lee, Katrina Thompson

Virtual Room 3.

Wed., Nov. 17th — 2:15 – 4:00 pm:

Session: Kinship Obligations in Reverse I: Relationship Dramas

My talk: “Ruptured Families, Reconstructed Lives: Women’s Stories from Cape Verde

Organizer: Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg

Room 348.

Wed., Nov. 17th — 4:30 – 6:15 pm:

Session: Kinship Obligations in Reverse II: Conflicts Over Care

I’ll chair this session.

Organizer: Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg

Paper Presenters: Erdmute Alber, Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg, Alyssa Miller, Cati M. Coe, Ellen Block

Paper Discussant: Gillian Feeley-Harnik

Room 348.

Fri., Nov. 19th — 2:00 – 3:45 pm:

Session: “The Responsibility to Reciprocate: Compensation and Collaboration in Fieldwork Encounters

I’ll serve as Discussant in this session (along with Carolyn Rouse).

Organizers: Michelle C. Johnson and Edmund Q. Searles

Paper presenters: Joshua B. Fisher, Michelle C. Johnson, Anya Royce, Chelsea Wentworth, Edmund Q. Searles 

Room 330.


Presented a (virtual) talk, “What’s Wrong with Attachment Theory? Perspectives from the West African Rain Forest,” to Mamada: Science-Based Parenting (Israel) (Oct. 28, 2021).

Presented a (virtual) talk, “Global Perspectives on Sustainable Menstrual Experience,” for the online conference, “Greening the Red: A Summit on Sustainable Menstruation” (May 25, 2021, 1-5 pm EST). Register online (free) here:

Presented a (virtual) talk, “Where Have All the Babies Gone? An Anthropology of Child Development,” to the Children & Childhood Research Seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University (Feb. 3, 2021). Video file available here.

  • Conducted an online conversation on “A Childcare Crisis—What the Pandemic Reveals: A Conversation with Alma Gottlieb” (conversation with Sophia Balakian), at the (virtual) 119th Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association (Nov. 7th, at 5 pm EST).
  • Presented a talk on “Negotiating with History: Cape Verdeans in Conversation with Their Jewish Ancestry” at the Centre for History Research (in Anfiteatro 4), University of Lisbon, on March 5th, 2020, at 6 pm.
  • Presented a joint, online reading and talk (via Zoom) with Philip Graham on “Braiding Worlds” for the “Snug Harbor” reading series in Brussels, on April 9th (rescheduled from March 12th, 2020).
  • Presented a talk on “Negotiating Afro-Jewish Identity in the Cabo Verdean Diaspora,” 62nd Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (Boston), November 22, 2019.
  • Presented a talk on “What’s in a Name? A Case Study of (Re)discovering Jewish Identity on (and off) an Unlikely African Archipelago,” New York Jewish Genealogical Society (Center for Jewish History/American Sephardi Foundation), May 19, 2019.


                Online announcements of the talk here and here.

  • Presented a talk, “Pour une Anthropologie de « l’Instinct maternel » ” [“Toward an Anthropology of the ‘Maternal Instinct'”], University of Lausanne (Switzerland), May 21, 2019.
  • Presented a guest lecture (with Philip Graham), on “Mad to Be Modern” (from Braided Worlds) at Pomona College (Claremont, CA), in “Culture and Mental Health” (Prof. Tobias Hecht), April 4, 2019.
  • Presented a guest lecture on The Afterlife is where We Come from at Pomona College (Claremont, CA), in “Intro. to Cult. Anth.” (Prof. Tobias Hecht), April 3, 2019.
  • Presented a talk at Pitzer College (Claremont, CA) on “An Anthropological Perspective on the ‘Maternal Instinct,'” April 3, 2019.
  • Presented a guest lecture on “Ethical Issues in Ethnographic Fieldwork” at Pitzer College (Claremont, CA), in “Field Methods in Anthropology” (ANTH 105) (Prof. Claudia Strauss), April 2, 2019.
  • Presented a talk on “A Woman I Admire: Margaret Mead,” to the World Affairs Council of Rhode Island (Providence, RI), March 14, 2019.
  • Presented a talk on “Grad Student-Moms: Challenges, Strategies,”  to the Brown University Grad Student Parents Group (Providence, RI), Oct. 10, 2018.
  • Presented a talk on “Africa across the Seder Table,” New Mexico Jewish Historical Society (Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe), September 27, 2018. .

    • Presented a talk on “Cape Verdeans with Jewish Heritage: Stories of Long Ago and Today” at the Uphams Corner Branch Public Library on Thur., June 28, 2018 in Dorchester (Boston), MA.
  • Presented a lecture on “Anthropological Writing for a Broad Readership” at Sofia University on Fri., June 4, 2018 in Sofia (Bulgaria).
  • Presented a lecture on “The New Childhood Studies: Reflections on Some Recent Collaborations between Anthropologists and Psychologists” at Sun Yat-Sen University on Fri., April 6, 2018 in Guanghzou (China).

  • Presented a talk (with Joel Schwartz and Gershom Barros) on “Cape Verdeans with Jewish Ancestry” at Temple Emanuel on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 1:30 pm, in Newton Centre, MA.
  • Was a panelist in a workshop at PERIOD CON–The world’s first youth activism conference about menstruation–Brought to you by PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement.  Our workshop focused on de-stigmatizing menstruation.  November 18, 2017, from 8:30 am – 6 pm, in New York City (RAMSCALE STUDIO/463 West Street Penthouse/New York, NY 10014).

Menstruation Conference, 11-17-17

  • AG, U Penn Talk Flyer, 10-25-17
  • Presented a talk on “Family Matters: Re-Examining Children in Anthropological Fieldwork and Careers” at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 2 pm, in Washington D.C.
  • Presented a talk, “Child Development and Gender Roles across Cultures,” at the New Canaan Public Library on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (151 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06854).  The talk was part of the “One Book New Canaan” series.  The spring book series is dedicated to examining the novel, Euphoria, by Lily King, which is roughly modeled on a brief period in the life of Margaret Mead. (You can read my comments on the novel here.)
  • Gottlieb, Talk at New Canaan, CT Library. 3-22-17, Web AnnouncementPresented a talk, “Raising a World of Babies; or, Promoting the Lessons of Ethnography Creatively in the Age of Trump,” at the University of Illinois/Dept. of Anthropology, March 9, 2017.

Gottlieb, UIUC Anth Dept Talk, 3-9-17, 3 pm


  • Presented a talk on “Raising a World of Babies; or, Ethnography via Parody” at the 115th Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association (Minneapolis), Nov. 18, 2016.

Bridgewater CV Stud 2nd Conf Program 2016


  • Presented the Getlin Lecture on “Crossing Religious Borders: Jews and Cape Verde” to the Dept. of Anthropology and the Dept. of Religious Studies at Trinity College (Hartford, CT), April 21, 2016.
    • Trinity College Lecture PosterPresented an invited talk (with Philip Graham) on “Tasting Culture, Writing Rhythm, Dreaming Worlds: Where Literature and Anthropology Meet, in Parallel Worlds and Braided Worlds” to the African Studies Research Centre at University College London, on Dec. 16, 2015 (London), 5:30-7 pm, in the IAS Common Ground Room.
  • Screenshot 2015-11-18 00.32.19Screenshot 2015-11-18 00.32.33Presented a talk on “Migrations between the Religious Strange and the Religious Familiar: Contemporary Cape Verdeans’ Explorations of Their Jewish Roots” at the 114th Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, on Nov. 18-22, 2015, Denver.Screenshot 2015-07-08 15.54.28

You can listen to the talk here.

U Oxford Talk, 11-6-15, Website Listing-Screenshot

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  • Presented a talk (with Nicole Tami) on “Can Single Mothers Get through Graduate School? Mentoring ‘Private’ Challenges into Public Successes,” at the 8th Annual Conference on Mentoring, University of New Mexico/The Mentoring Institute, on Oct. 20-23, 2015.

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UNM Talk Notice

  • Presented a talk on “Jewish Cape Verdeans? Putting African Studies and Jewish Studies into Conversation” at the 1st International Conference on Cape Verdean Studies, Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater, MA)/Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies, on June 12, 2015.A Speaking at 1st Annual CV Studies Conf, Bridgewater State U, 6-12-15

Bridgewater State U-Pedro Pires Inst for CV Studies-1st CV Studies Conf Flyer

  • Presented a talk on “Crossing Afro-Religious Borders: Jewish Cape Verdeans” to the Red Lion Seminar, organized jointly by the African Studies programs of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, on May 13, 2015.

Red Lion Talk Announcement

A Speaking at Red Lion 2, 5-13-15

College of Wooster Talk Flyer, 3-2-15

  • Presented a lecture on “Deconstructing the Notion of ‘Education’: A View from the West African Rain Forest” as the biennial community-wide, endowed Stieglitz Memorial Lecture at the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) on March 2, 2015.
  • Guest-taught course on “Anthropological Theory” (Prof. David McConnell) at the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) on March 3, 2015.
  • Guest-taught course on “Shamanism and Healing” (Prof. Pam Frese) at the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) on March 3, 2015.
  • Guest-taught course on “Doing Feminist Research: Theory and Practice” (Prof. Debotri Dhar) at the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) on March 2, 2015.
  • Presented a talk on “Jewish Cape Verdeans? Putting Jewish Studies and African Studies into Conversation” at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research (Albuquerque) on Feb. 20, 2015.
  • Presented a talk on “Crossing Religious Borders: Jews and Cabo Verdeans” at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Wash., D.C.) on Dec. 5, 2014.
  • Was a discussant for a session on “Fieldwork at the End of the Day” (organizer: Susan Kenyon), an invited session of the Association of Senior Anthropologists, at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Wash., D.C.) on Dec. 5, 2014.
  • Was a discussant for a talk presented by Bruno Nettl on “Remarks on the Diaspora of Musicology,” Conference on “Music, Jews & Globalization,” at the Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) on Nov. 17, 2014.
  • Presented a talk on “Passover, African Style: (Re-)Exploring History, (Re-) Forging Identity at a Joint Seder among Cape Verdeans and Jews in Boston” at the 9th Annual Meeting of the American Portuguese Studies Association (Albuquerque) on Oct. 25, 2014.
  • Presented a talk on “Crossing Afro-Religious Borders: Jewish Cape Verdeans” to the Center for African Studies, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) on Sept. 17, 2014.

Bucknell Talks Flyer

  • Listen here to a talk I gave–“First Acts of Violence: Reflections on Breastfeeding and Enemas in West Africa”–at a conference on Childhood and Violence: International and Comparative Perspectives, Economic and Social Research Council Seminar Series (Birkbeck College, London) on March 12, 2010.