CARGRI YOLTAR-DURUKAN, then a student at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, received funding in April 2012 to aid research on ''Paying the Price:' Moral Economy and Citizenship in the Kurdish Region of Turkey,' supervised by Dr. Charles Piot. This research's interests broadly focus on the relationship between economy, politics, and morality. In particular, it addresses the anthropology of debt, state, citizenship, and political subjectivity -- especially at the nexus of political violence and welfare programs.
EMRAH YILDIZ, then a student at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, received a grant in October 2011 to aid research on 'Traffic in Value: A Road Ethnography of Pilgrimage, Contraband Commerce, and Border-Crossing across Eastern Borders of Turkey,' supervised by Dr. Steven C. Caton. The phase of research covered by the grant involved conducting crucial ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and archival research on the Hajj-e Fuqara ('pilgrimage of the humble') route between Iran, Turkey, and Syria.
ADRIAN LIP SHING YEN, then a student at University of California, Davis, California, was awarded a grant in July 2012 to aid research on 'Psycho-pharmaceuticals and Traditional Medicine in Acholiland: Emerging Forms of Therapeutic Citizenship in Postwar Northern Uganda,' supervised by Dr. Alan M. Klima.
ELENA WALID YEHIA, then a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was awarded funding in October 2009, to aid research on 'Sectarian Difference Beyond Sectarianism: The Mediating Labors of 'Alternative' Media in Beirut,' supervised by Dr. Arturo Escobar. This fieldwork research explored ethnographically the alternative forms through which difference, especially sectarian difference, is being articulated in Lebanon today by the journalists of the daily Al-Akhbar opposition newspaper.
BERNA YAZICI, while a student at New York University, New York, New York, received funding in January 2004 to aid research on state sponsored social work among the urban poor in Turkey, under the supervision of Dr. Lila Abu-Lughod. Yazici was interested in the models of family and gendered subjectivities promoted through social work intervention in order to illuminate how the social life of national subjects is constituted and contested.
EMILY YATES-DOERR, then a student at New York University, New York, New York, received funding in November 2007 to aid research on 'The Weight of the Body: Changing Ideals of Nutrition, Health and Fat in Guatemala,' supervised by Dr. Emily Martin. Historically, Guatemalans have considered body fat a sign of health and prestige. In the past decade, connected to an increased availability of commodified foods, the incidence of weight-related illness has grown rapidly and obesity has become an emerging medical concern.
XIALIU YANG, then a student at Sun Yet-sen University, Guangzhou, China, received funding in January 2006 to aid research on 'Making Participatory Development Chinese,' supervised by Prof. Daming Zhou. The fieldwork was conducted in Meigu county, an impoverished, Nuosu ethnic region in Sichuan Province, Southwest China. The grantee did fieldwork from February to December 2006 to study how the Western 'participation' in China's rural poverty reduction is made Chinese.
DAISY XIAO-HUI YANG, then a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received funding in December 2003 to aid research on 'Actively Aging in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM),' supervised by Dr. Joseph S. Alter. In her research project, the grantee conducted fieldwork in Wuhan, China, focusing on how TCM enables elderly Chinese to exercise more control over their bodies than is allowed when aging is treated as a problem through exclusive medical intervention.
KA-MING WU, then a student at Columbia University, New York, New York, received funding in October 2003 to aid research on ''Speaking Bitterness': History, Culture and Politics in Modern China,' supervised by Dr. Myron L. Cohen. The research investigated how 'speaking bitterness' -- a form of speech historically utilized as a Communist mobilization strategy to articulate experience of exploitation and to create class consciousness among the peasantry before and after in 1949 China -- continued to affect the way people articulated their experience in post-socialist China.