Leone, Dr. Mark P., U. of Maryland, Collage Park, MD - To aid preparation of personal research materials for archival deposit with McKeldin Library, University of Maryland, College Park, MD - Historical Archives Program
Ross, Dr. Callum F., State U. of New York, Stony Brook, NY - To aid conference on anthropoid origins: new fossils and adaptive explanations, 2001, Pittsburgh, PA, in collaboration with Dr. Richard F. Kay
Enfield, Dr. Nicholas James, Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen, The Netherlands - To aid workshop on 'Dynamics of Human Diversity in Mainland Southeast Asia,' 2009, Siem Reap, Cambodia, in collaboration with Dr. Joyce Carol White
'Dynamics of Human Diversity in Mainland Southeast Asia'
January 7-10, 2009, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Organizers: Nicholas Enfield (Max Planck Instittute, Nijmegen) and Joyce White (University of Pennsylvania Museum)
This four-field meeting brought together an international group of linguists, social/cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, and physical/biological anthropologists, to address the following question: What is the nature of human diversity in mainland Southeast Asia, and how did it come to be this way? The focus of discussions was restricted spatially to
mainland Southeast Asia (centrally, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Malay Peninsula) and temporally to the Holocene (the last 11,000 years). Drawing upon exciting new developments in all sub-fields of anthropology in this area, scholars from different disciplines came together to update one another on the states of their respective arts, as well
as to identify new syntheses and new agendas for interdisciplinary research. Issues of homeland of ethnolinguistic groups, and of timing of migrations (especially of the Asian groups of peninsular Malaysia and Thailand, and more generally the Austroasiatic language family), were illuminated by considering different kinds of evidence from the most recent
research in historical linguistics, archaeology, and especially the latest results from bioarchaeology and genetics. None of the biggest questions were definitively solved, but the meeting succeeded in bringing all participants further along in the search for solutions, as well as forging some new scholarly relationships with the potential for future interdisciplinary collaborations.
Enfield, N.J. 2011. Linguistic Diversity in Mainland Southeast Asia. In Dynamics of Human Diversity: The Case of Mainland Southeast Asia. Pacific Linguistics. School of Culture, History and Language. College of Asia and the Pacific. The Australian National University: Canberra.
Tavel, Aviva Mintz, Indianapolis, Indiana - To aid preparation of the personal research materials and film collection of Jerome Mintz for archival deposit with the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Suitland, Maryland
Hanna, Dr. Judith L, Bethesda, MD - To aid preparation of personal research materials for archival deposit with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC - Historical Archives Program
Westaway, Michael C., Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, Buronga, Australia - To aid conference on 'The World Heritage of Human Origins,' 2007, Willandra Lakes, Australia, in collaboration with Gary Pappin
'The World Heritage of Human Origins'
April 17-21, 2007, Australia Museum in Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Organizers: Michael C. Westaway and Gary Pappin (Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area - Buronga, Australia)
Wenner-Gren funding was used to bring six international representatives from Europe, Asia, and Africa to the conference to discuss current issues within six World Heritage Areas. Experts discussed issues pertaining to a number of major themes, including 'Promoting Scientific Research,' 'Public Education,' 'Management and Conservation,' and 'Indigenous Values and Beliefs.' Another important discussion at the outset of the conference focused on the under-representation of hominid evolution sites on the World Heritage list, and papers were presented on three potential sites: Flores, Sri Lanka, and
Murray Basin. Following the conference, participants toured the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area with some of the original investigators, as well as Aboriginal elders from the Three Aboriginal Tribal Groups who are the present-day custodians for the area. The meeting provided an important networking opportunity, and collaborations among participants have already begun.
Jillani, Ngalla Edward, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya - To aid dissertation write-up in physical-biological anthropology at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School, Johannesburg, South Africa, supervised by Dr. Paul Robert Manger