Adair, Dr. Mary, U. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS - To aid preparation of the research materials of Dr. Robert Squier for archival deposit with the Biodiversity Institute at the U. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS - Historical Archives Program
Bird, Dr. Elizabeth, U. of South Florida, Tampa, FL - To aid conference of SfAA on 'Global Insecurities, Global Solutions, and Applied Anthropology,' 2007, Tampa
'Collaborative Solutions to Global Insecurities: Challenges, Opportunities, and Potential'
March 27 - April 1, 2007, Downtown Hyatt Hotel, Tampa, Florida
Organizer: Dr. Elizabeth Bird (University of South Florida)
The grant supported a special session at the meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology. The panel focused on three ongoing international partnerships between research teams at the University of South Florida and collaborators in three countries - Honduras, Lesotho, and Ecuador. Each collaboration involves work on a pressing global issue - land use and cultural heritage; HIV/AIDS intervention; and the social impact of natural disasters. The session focused not on results but on the process of effectively building such partnerships, with participants sharing ideas and strategies with audience members. As well as the lessons learned from the discussion at the event, all three teams agreed that the session acted as a catalyst to park ideas, and has had a significant role in taking all three to another level of effective collaboration, with several major grant proposals resulting.
de Wet, Dr. Chris, Rhodes U., Grahamstown, South Africa - To aid annual conference of anthropology southern Africa (ASA), 2002, Grahamstown
'Annual Conference of Anthropology Southern Africa (ASA),' Organizer: Dr. Chris de Wet, Rhodes University. The Wenner-Gren Foundation supported the 2002 Annual Conference of Anthropology Southern Africa (the annual disciplinary meeting of the anthropological community of Southern Africa), which was held at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, from 9 through 11 September 2002. Some 70 delegates attended, with 48 papers being presented. A highlight of the conference was the high degree of student participation. The WGF grant of $1727 was designed to enable postgraduates from universities other than the host university to attend. Eighteen such students (the majority from historically disadvantaged backgrounds) attended, of whom 12 gave presentations, together with 5 papers by students from the host university. A post-graduate forum, Anthropology Southern Africa Students, was established, to promote networking and interaction amongst anthropology research students in the region.
Ryzewski, Dr. Krysta Helene, Wayne State U., Detroit, MI - To aid workshop on 'Archaeologies of the Present: Critical Engagements with Post-industrial Urban Transformations,' 2014, Wayne State U., in collaboration with Dr. Laura McAtackney
'Archaeologies of the Present: Critical Engagements with Post-industrial Urban Transformations '
August 3-7, 2014, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Organizers: Krysta Ryzewski (Wayne State U.) and Laura McAtackney (U. College Dublin)
This five-day workshop was convened to gather and promote emerging international dialogues among historical and contemporary archaeologists who conduct research on post-industrial urban settings in the recent past. The meeting involved ten invited presenters and three additional contributors who shared their research in places as diverse as Belfast, Indianapolis, Istanbul, and Brazil. Using site-based engagements in Detroit as common case studies, participants focused on the political, social, economic, and cultural material realities of 'now' while engaging with the latent agency of post-industrial places to creatively re-emerge, transform, and reposition themselves in the near future. The workshop's objectives were: 1) to strengthen the existing international community of contemporary archaeologists both in the emergent sub-field and in the wider discipline of anthropology; and 2) develop specific theoretical and methodological positions that emphasize the importance of material approaches in investigating post-industrial urbanism. The workshop's presentations, site visits, and discussions involved engagements with three overlapping topics within the broader study of post-industrial urban transitions: namely 'Creative Engagements with Post-Industrial Cities;' 'Ruination;' and 'Materialities of Political and Social Mobilizations.' Invited participants presented research relating to one of these three topics. Site visits involved engagements with transformative places and people around the city of Detroit, included the African Bead Museum, Powerhouse Productions, Heidelberg Project, Brewster-Douglass homes, Brush Park, the 8-Mile Wall, and the Earthworks Urban Garden. An edited volume focusing on the workshop theme and discussions is currently in preparation.