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Neal B. Keating

PhD, University at Albany, SUNY             Neal Keating    
Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Department of Anthropology              

Fall 2015
Dr. Keating is on sabbatical for the fall semester

Office: C-13, Cooper Hall
Office Phone: (585) 395-5707
Curriculum vitae:
Keating CV  

Courses Taught

  • ANT 100 - The Human Condition
  • ANT 201 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 301 - Contemporary Issues in Native America
  • ANT 325 - Indigenous Peoples & Globalization
  • ANT 337 - Iroquois Culture and History
  • ANT 363 - Anthropology of Religion
  • ANT 380 - Political Ecology
  • ANT 401/501 - Native American Art
  • ANT 415/515 - Political Ecology of Human Rights
  • ANT 463/563 - Museology
  • ANT 471/571 - Anthropological Theory

Research and Teaching Interests:

My practice of anthropology is mainly ethnographic and focuses on questions of human rights and political ecology in the 21st century, through a collaborative and transnational perspective that is grounded in partnerships and fieldwork with Indigenous Peoples and communities in Southeast Asia, North and Central America.  My toolkit includes visual, curatorial and historical methodologies, in addition to conventional methods of qualitative ethnography. As a teacher I am influenced by Paolo Friere’s pedagogies, and aim at cultivating a critical anthropological perspective among the students I work with.  In addition to general anthropology, I offer a variety of courses on topics that include museology, the Anthropocene, human rights, and religion.

Current Projects:

The Political Ecology of Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights in Southeast Asia

The aims in this project are to describe and analyze the Indigenous Peoples human rights movement in this region across different scales of human interaction, from international to regional, national and local scales.  This is an ongoing long term project grounded in collaborative partnerships with Indigenous Peoples organizations and communities.  The current focus is with Indigenous Peoples from Cambodia and Vietnam.

Indian Residential Schools in Canada: Mush Hole Remembered

This project combines curatorial practice with ethnographic and historical methods to explore the past, present and future implications of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School (a.k.a. the Mush Hole), which was constructed on the Grand River Territory of the Six Nations Indigenous Peoples (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora) during the 19th century. The project’s primary focus is a collaboration with a Mohawk artist and survivor of the Mush Hole, that revolves around the creation, interpretation and exhibition of a large body of artwork based on the artist’s memories and experiences of Indian residential school.     

Selected Publications: 


2012. Iroquois Art, Power, and History. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.


2015. “Cambodia.” The Indigenous World – 2015.  Copenhagen: International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs pp. 286-291.

2013. “Kuy Alterities: The Struggle to Conceptualize and Claim Indigenous Land Rights in Neoliberal Cambodia.” Asia Pacific Viewpoint 54(3):309-322.

2012. “From Spirit Forest to Rubber Plantation: The Accelerating Disaster of Development in Cambodia,” ASIANetwork Exchange (Spring 2012) 19(2):68-80.

2012. “Iroquoian Religion in the Seventeenth Century.” The Cambridge History of Religions in America: Volume I: Pre-Columbian Times to 1790, ed. by S. Stein. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


2013-2008. Mush Hole Remembered: Visual Testimony of R.G. Miller. Shingwauk Residential School Centre. Algoma University, Ontario; Tower Fine Arts Gallery, The College at Brockport, SUNY; Woodland Cultural Centre. Brantford, Ontario.


2008. Whitey and the Mush Hole: Reclaiming Lahiaaks. Documentary video.

Last Updated 11/6/15


Professor Neal Keating participated in an Expert Meeting on peace sustainability at Columbia University on October 23, organized through the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia. The expert meeting was convened to discuss and examine the design of a new approach to modeling sustainable peace systems at local to global scales, that makes use of non-linear systems of causality that are grounded in temporalities of historical memory, future expectations, and the current existence of conflict resolution mechanisms and peace-promoting practices.

Dr. Zinni's book project, “A Palimpsest of Place: Technologies of Memory, Landscape, and Folklife in Western New York,” has been selected by the University of Illinois Press for the 2015 Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World workshop, a collaborative publishing initiative of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Zinni was honored in 2015 faculty/staff recognition program by Office of Special Disabilities (OSD) for assisting and contributing to our students with disabilities.

Dr. Ramsay published an article: Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.

Dr. Feldman was recently on the Coy Barefoot Show (two 30-minute radio shows) in May and June 2015:
The Coy Barefoot Show, 107.5 FM (Charlottesville, VA), 2015 (two 30-minute shows on “Same Sex Marriage” and “Baltimore, the Police, and African Americans”).


Please join us for our annual Fall/Halloween party in C-3 Cooper Hall on Friday, October 30, from 4 to 6 pm! There will be food and candy!
Cemetery Walk: Thursday, October 29, at 6:30 at the High Street Cemetery in Brockport, organized by the museum interns.1