DeGelder, Mettje Christine, U. of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada - To aid research on 'Calvinist Reformed Religiosity and Outreach among Afrikaner and Black Christians in Pretoria, South Africa,' supervised by Dr. Michael Joshua Lambek
Daspit, Lesley L., Purdue U., West Lafayatte, IN - To aid research on ' Market Women in Central Africa: Transnational Interface of Wildlife Commerce & Conservation,' supervised by Dr. Melissa J. Remis
LESLEY L. DASPIT, then a student at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, received funding in October 2007 to aid research on 'Market Women in Central Africa: Transnational Interface of Wildlife Commerce and Conservation,' supervised by Dr. Melissa J. Remis. This dissertation project examines the roles of women in the commerce and conservation of wildlife in the Dzanga-Sangha Dense Forest Reserve (RDS), Central African Republic (CAR). Commercialized hunting and trade of wildlife is seen as the largest threat to wildlife in this region.
Davidson, Joanna H., Emory U. Atlanta, GA - To aid research on 'The Salience of Ethnicity in Inter-Group Conflict: Felupe-Fula Tensions in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa,' supervised by Dr. Bruce M. Knauft
JOANNA H. DAVIDSON, while a student at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded funding in October 2001 to aid research on the salience of ethnicity in intergroup conflict in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, under the supervision of Dr. Bruce M. Knauft. Davidson conducted twenty-two months of ethnographic and historical research, focusing on recent conflicts within and between ethnic groups in northern Guinea-Bissau.
Dahl, Bianca Jane, U. of Chicago, Chicago, IL - To aid research on 'Transforming Children: The Contested Socialization of Orphaned Youth in Contemporary Botswana,' supervised by Dr. Jennifer Cole
BIANCA JANE DAHL, then a student at University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, received funding in April 2006 to aid research on 'Transforming Children: The Contested Socialization of Orphaned Youth in Contemporary Botswana,' supervised by Dr. Jennifer Cole. In the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Botswana, where over a third of adults are HIV positive, an entirely new population group has captured the national imagination: orphaned children.
d'Avignon, Robyn Whitney, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - To aid research on 'Off the Grid: Electricity and Transnational Traders in Postcolonial Guinea,' supervised by Dr. Gabrielle Hecht
Preliminary abstract: Guinea sits on the vanguard of global trends in localized energy provision. In the wake of widespread cuts to public utilities in the 1980s and 90s, blackouts became permanent features of Guinea's urban landscape. Since then, Guinean traders have emerged as crucial energy entrepreneurs--wiring generators and solar panels from their shops to nearby households in exchange for cash.
Craze, Joshua. U. of California, Berkeley CA - To aid research on 'At the Edge of the Territory: Disputes along the South Sudan Border,' supervised by Dr. Paul Rabinow.
Preliminary abstact: No one agrees on what or where Abyei is, but everyone has an opinion. The transhumant Misseriya, who move their cattle south through the region in the dry season, are less concerned with where it is, than that they are part of it. The Ngok Dinka, a pastoralist group who live in the region, think Abyei is their ancestral homeland, and claim that the Misseriya have no residency rights at all. The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), now the ruling party in South Sudan, insist that Abyei is part of the South.
Cox, Phyllida, Africa Gender Institute., Cape Town, South Africa - To aid research on 'Personhood, Gender and Modernity: Mediating Meanings of Abortion in South African Family Planning Clinics,' supervised by Dr. Andrea Cornwall
Classic anthropological perspectives on personhood and ethno medicine, are turned towards research on the perceptions and experiences of termination of pregnancy amongst Nurses and young people in a Xhosa speaking township on the Cape Flats, South Africa. Gendered analysis of stigmatized attitudes to abortion and cosmological beliefs in fetus ghosts are linked to questions of gender identity, sexuality, tradition and modernity in the impoverished and marginal spaces of post Apartheid South Africa.
Coyle, Lauren Nicole, U. of Chicago, Chicago, IL - To aid research on 'Dual Sovereignties in the Golden Twilight: Law, Land, and Labor in Ghana,' supervised by Dr. John L. Comaroff
Preliminary abstract: How does the colonial legacy of two parallel legal systems -- one ostensibly customary, the other under the jurisdiction of the state -- frame contemporary nationhood in Ghana, and, in particular, the often violent conflicts over property regimes that govern the ownership and extraction of resources in its neoliberal economy? How does that legacy register tensions and aspirations in postcolonial citizenship, sovereign government, environmental politics, and law in this African postcolony?
Cooper, Dr. Elizabeth Charlotte, Simon Fraser U., Vancouver, Canada - To aid research on 'Next Generational Responses to the 'Orphan Crisis': Social Reproduction in Western Kenya'
Preliminary abstract: This research will investigate how major demographic changes in Sub-Saharan Africa, including the so-called 'youth bulge' and 'orphan crisis', affect the reproduction and change of social values and practices. To do this, the research will focus on the transitions to, and perceptions and practices of, adulthood and parenthood among a cohort of young women and men in western Kenya who were orphaned during their childhoods between the years of 1990 and 2005.