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About CIFAS

The Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study (CIFAS) is a preeminent institution located at Teachers College, Columbia University for the promotion and collaboration of anthropological study in a variety of topics, including, but not limited to: Caribbean perspectives on environmental and technological crisis as well as regional approaches to long-term conflicts. CIFAS also holds copyright to a large number of photographic, video, and bibliographic materials that are available by request, and in limited quantities online at the website.

Prof. Lambros Comitas is Gardner Cowles Professor of Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University since 1989. The title of his Inaugural Lecture reads “With Ithaca on My Mind: an Anthropologist’s Journey,” which presents the manifold of different anthropologies that lead to different journeys to different ports and cities. They were currently based on structuralism, symbolic theory, and Marxist social theory. His field work and research interests ranges from places such as Bolivia, Caribbean, Cannabis, Canada, Greece, Spain, and Russia, which are praised around the world as courageous and cutting edge investigations that still influence research on the topics of social organization, rural life, and the effects of drugs on society.