Walentowitz, Dr. Saskia, U. of Berne, Berne, Switzerland - To aid research and writing on 'Feeding Dilemmas: Anthropological Perspectives on Reproduction, Breastfeeding, and Science in Contexts of HIV' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
Preliminary abstract: The book offers an anthropological perspective on feeding dilemmas encountered in contexts of HIV. Drawing from ethnographic data collected during two years of fieldwork conducted in a clinical trial in Nairobi, the study proposes a new theoretical framework to analyze breastfeeding as part of human reproduction. Questioning the naturalistic foundations of anthropological field of reproduction, it can address the cultural complexities of breastfeeding, developing the concept of 'procreativity' by analogy to gender as distinct from sex.
Vidacs, Dr. Beata M., City U. of New York, Jamaica, NY - To aid research and writing on 'Visions of a Better World: Football in the Cameroonian Social Imagination' - Richard Carley Hunt Fellowship
DR. BEATA M. VIDACS, City University of New York, New York, New York, was awarded a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship in July 2005, to aid writing and research on 'Visions of a Better World: Football in the Cameroonian Social Imagination.' The book focuses on the social and political significance of soccer in Cameroon in order to understand issues of national and ethnic identity formation, political culture in the postcolony and the meanings the sport holds for Cameroonians.
Venkatesan, Dr. Soumhya, U. of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK - To aid research and writing on 'Crafting Discourse: Mat Weaving in Pattamadai, South India' - Richard Carley Hunt Fellowship
DR. SOUMHYA VENKATESAN, of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, was awarded a Richard Carley Hunt Fellowship in December 2002 to aid research and writing on mat weaving and the discourse surrounding the craft in Pattamadai, India. From January 2003 to January 2004, Venkatesan conducted research in South India among Muslim mat weavers, exploring issues relating to Islam and the craft object. She wrote up the results of the research in a manuscript for publication as a monograph, with the working title Transformative Words: 'Craft,' 'Development,' and the Worlds of Indian Artists.
Van Vleet, Dr. Krista E., Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME - To aid research and writing on 'Performing Kinship: Narratives of Intimacy and Embodiments of Power in the Bolivian Andes' - Richard Carley Hunt Fellowship
DR. KRISTA E. VAN VLEET, of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, received a Richard Carley Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship in December 2002 to aid research and writing on 'Performing Kinship: Narratives of Intimacy and Embodiments of Power in the Bolivian Andes.' The research explored how native Andeans negotiate the intimacies and hierarchies of 'relatedness' through everyday practices and stories. People everywhere establish relationships of kinship through everyday interactions. In the Andes, relatedness is created through habitual activities such as sharing food and work.
Theidon, Dr. Kimberly Susan, Harvard U., Cambridge, MA - To aid research and writing on 'Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru' - Richard Carley Hunt Fellowship
DR. KIMBERLY SUSAN THEIDON, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, received a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship to aid research and writing on 'Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru.' The manuscript draws upon extensive fieldwork on political violence, trauma, and the micropolitics of reconciliation in post-war Peru. Theidon discusses how Andean campesinos in Ayacucho are rebuilding individual lives and collective existence following fifteen years of armed conflict.
Taylor, Dr. Michael J., U. of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana - To aid research and writing on 'Struggles Over Resource Rights by San in Northern Botswana' - Richard Carley Hunt Fellowship
DR. MICHAEL J. TAYLOR, of the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana, was awarded a Richard Carley Hunt Fellowship in January 2003 to aid research and writing on struggles over resource rights by San in northern Botswana. Taylor's central research question was how San's contemporary struggles for rights to resources, particularly land, were being shaped.
Tassi, Dr. Nico, U. College London, London, UK - To aid research and writing on 'Reassembling The Economic. The Aymara Economic: System in the Global Arena' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowhsip
Preliminary abstract: The project analyses one of the most successful forms of indigenous market economy on the American continent. Founded on ethnic-based networks, political structures and culturally specific practices of consumption, investment and credit, the Bolivian Aymara market economy has gone unexpectedly global by establishing economic partnerships with Chinese family consortiums and managing to control several regional markets.
Takeyama, Prof. Akiko, U. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS - To aid research and writing on 'Affect Economy: Neoliberal Class Struggle and Gender Politics in Tokyo Host Clubs' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
DR. AKIKO TAKEYAMA, University of Kansas, United States, received a Hunt Fellowship in July 2010 to aid research and writing on 'Affect Economy: Neoliberal Class Struggle and Gender Politics in Tokyo Host Clubs.' This ethnography examines how men and women in Japan's sex-related entertainment industry negotiate changing, yet pervasive gender, sexual, and class norms. The study focuses on Japan's host clubs, where young working-class men 'sell' romance, love, and sometimes sex to their female clients.
Szmidt, Dr. Carolyn Corinne, U. of Toronto, Toronto, Canada - To aid research and writing on 'Neanderthals and Modern Humans: Investigating Interaction, Dispersal, and the Timing of Innovations through Improved Chronology' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
DR. CAROLYN C. SZMIDT, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, received a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship in November 2005 to aid research and writing on 'Dating the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic Transition in Southern France: Pyrenean, Mediterranean and Southwestern Regions.' This fellowship aided publication of research involved in dating (through AMS radiocarbon) more accurately and precisely the Middle Palaeolithic (Mousterian) to Upper Palaeolithic (Aurignacian) transition (ca. 28,000 - 40,000 years ago) in the Mediterranean, Pyrenean and Southwestern France regions.
Solis, Dr. Gabriel P., U. of Illinois, Urbana, IL - To aid research and writing on 'Playing with the Past: Thelonious Monk and the Performance of Jazz History' - Richard Carley Hunt Fellowship
DR. GABRIEL SOLIS, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, received a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship in February 2004 to research and writing on 'Playing with the Past: Thelonious Monk and the Performance of Jazz History,' which resulted in the publication of 'Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making' (University of California Press, 2007). The book addresses significant aspects of the overlap and distinctions between history and cultural memory in the limited case of a musical tradition.