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The Wenner-Gren Foundation is committed to playing a leadership role in anthropology.   We help anthropologists advance anthropological knowledge, build sustainable careers, and amplify the impact of anthropology within the wider world. We dedicate ourselves to broadening the conversation in anthropology to reflect the full diversity of the field.

"The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences." – Ruth Benedict

The Wenner-Gren Foundation, in collaboration with the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is proud to announce the recipients of Rapid-Response Grants on Covid-19 and the Social Sciences.  Below is a list of the projects funded by Wenner-Gren, all of which were proposed by anthropologists and scholars in closely related fields. For a full list of recipients and further information about this program, please visit the SSRC website.

Join Danilyn Rutherford, the President of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, along with other Wenner-Gren staff members, for a discussion of how to seek funding for your research in these tumultuous times. Danilyn will discuss everything from changes to the application questions to the meaning and ethics of research at a moment when anthropologists and those affected by their work are facing enormous challenges. She will also describe some of the new programs Wenner-Gren is launching to advance anthropological knowledge, amplify the impact of anthropology, address the precarity of anthropology and anthropologists, and promote an inclusive vision of the field. There will be lots of time for questions.

posterJoin us on September 23rd at 2:00 PM PST/5:00 PM EST for “The Case for Letting Anthropology Burn? Race, Racism, and Its Reckoning in American Anthropology”, a webinar sponsored by the UCLA Department of Anthropology Race, Racism, Policing and State Violence Committee and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

To register for this event click here.

posterOn Wednesday, September 2nd the Wenner-Gren Foundation co-sponsored the webinar, "Reclaiming the Ancestors: Indigenous and Black Perspectives on Repatriation, Human Rights, and Justice”.

Watch it now!

Webinar PosterStarting in September the Wenner-Gren Foundation will be sponsoring a new webinar series entitled, “Indigenous Peoples, Heritage and Landscape in the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Co-Production, Policy Change, and Empowerment“, co-sponsored by UCLA Asia Pacific Center, the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, The University of New England through the First Peoples Rights and Law Centre, and the National Cheng-chi University through the Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge, and Sustainable Studies (CTPILS).

For more information about the series and how to register click here.

film stillThe Wenner-Gren Foundation is excited to share the trailer and blog post from Vanessa Wijngaarden who in 2017 received a Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship to aid filmmaking on Meeting ‘the Other’ In Maasailand: How We See Them, How They See Us.

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