Hayden Seay, Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Anthropology Honorary Society will conduct a lecture and viewing of the new season of the Walking Dead this Sunday, Oct. 11.
“We decided to make The Walking Dead the theme of our symposium because it is such a popular show, especially here on campus, and we felt that it would be an engaging and interesting topic for students,” Allison Cate, a junior from Nashville and president of Lambda Alpha, said. “Plus, it’s always fun to take a somewhat unorthodox topic and analyze it through an academic, multi-disciplinary lens.”
The themes of the talk covers a wide variety of topics, from the history of zombies to Haitian Folklore to what happens when society collapses.
Dr. Tammy Garland, of the criminal justice department and one of the lecturers, talks about the history of zombies, society’s fascination with zombies and patriarchal theory.
“Mostly I will be focusing on patriarchal theory and what happens when society collapses and women are forced to return to traditional roles and the violence they face as evident in both the comic book and the television series,” Garland said.
The other speaker, Dr. Pamela Ashmore, the head of the Anthropology department, talks about the Haitian traditions regarding zombies and what it means to their society.
“The important thing about Haiti is that their trance states and religious rituals did cause some people to seem undead,” said Ashmore. “Small societies often use fear about who is a zombie or witch to try to feel safer or “chosen by God” themselves while they marginalize the old woman at the end of the trail as a “witch.” It is a way to cope with misfortune.”
The lecture starts at 8 p.m. in the UC auditorium, followed by the season 6 premier of the Walking Dead at 9 p.m.
In addition, students can earn Think Achieve points, as well as extra credit if assigned.