Yehia, Elena Walid, U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC - To aid research on 'Sectarian Difference Beyond Sectarianism: The Mediating Labors of 'Alternative' Media in Beirut,' supervised by Dr. Arturo Escobar
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. The topic is of particular relevance in Lebanon, and today across the region, as sectarian differences are increasingly mobilized in hegemonic, oppressive, and antagonistic ways. Following the historic uprisings that sparked in Tunisia, this research expanded to examine how the Lebanese 'Campaign to Bring Down the Sectarian Regime' was formulating and framing its objectives, in addition to examining the daily practices through which its participants seek to achieve these goals. The research findings to date point that the alternatives investigated are emergent, quite multiple, non-coherent (if not plain contradictory sometimes). and are unfolding in relational and situated ways, whether within the newspaper or in its surrounding fervent social and geo-political context. While they are significantly shaped by the wider constraints within which they operate, this research also noted that their seeming ambiguities is actually also contributing towards making these sites fertile grounds for encounters, transgressions, and new possibilities for cultivating alternative subjectivities and imaginaries that strive to enact other ways of engaging across sectarian, political, and other forms of difference.
Sen, Dr. Atreyee, U. of Manchester, Manchester, UK - To aid ASA conference on 'Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalizing World,' 2012, New Delhi, India, in collaboration with Dr. James Fairhead
'Meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA12)'
April 2012, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
Organizers: Dr. Atreyee Sen (U. Manchester) & Dr. James Fairhead (U. Sussex)
About 500 delegates from South Asia and overseas attended the ASA12 conference, 'Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalizing World,' hosted by the Centre for Arts and Aesthetics and the Centre for the Study of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The delegates investigated art and aesthetics in their widest senses and experiences, from a variety of perspectives and in numerous contexts branching from the metaphysical to the political. Moving beyond art as expressions of the inner mind and inventions of the individual self, conference presentations explored changing perceptions of contemporary art and aesthetics, and mapped globalizing currents in a number of areas and regions. Along with the fifty-two panels and three plenary sessions, delegates were encouraged to reassess assumptions about 'arts and aesthetics,' and stimulated to consider clusters of themes including anthropological understandings of contemporary artworlds, artistic practice, and indigenous arts and crafts. Financial support helped twelve overseas students and forty-seven delegates from South Asia to attend the conference. An edited volume consisting of sixteen chapters selected from the plenary and panels is now being compiled for publication by Berg in 2014.
Maranda, Dr. Pierre, Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada - To aid preparation of the unpublished research materials of Dr. Elli Kongas Maranda for archival deposit with the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, Canada
Harvey, Dr. Penelope, U. of Manchester, Manchester, UK- To aid 5th conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) on anthropology and science, 2003, U. of Manchester, in collaboration with Dr. Peter Wade
'Fifth Conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA),' July 14-18, 2003, University of Manchester, England -- Organizers: Penelope Harvey and Peter Wade (University of Manchester). This conference aimed to advance research on how people worldwide confront the effects of scientific knowledge and innovation in its many forms. The authority and expertise of scientific knowledge, including those of the natural sciences, are contested. Claims, often exaggerated, are made for and against scientific knowledge in terms of its enhancing or degrading human and natural worlds. The conferees addressed ways in which anthropologists might contribute to a more measured debate on these issues. Participants assessed the effects of science on social life across the world and offered insights into the culture of scientific communities. They approached science in the broad sense of forms of knowledge driven by scientific rationality, including bureaucratic, accounting, and economic rationalities.
Cartwright, Dr. Elizabeth, Idaho State U., Pocatello, Idaho - To aid conference on 'Exchanges And Dialogues: Creating New Agendas for Medical Anthropology,' 2013, U. Roviri I Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, in collaboration with Dr. Anita Hardon
'Engagements and Encounters: Creating New Agendas for Medical Anthropology'
June 12-14, 2013, Universitat Roviri I Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
Organizers: Dr. Elizabeth Cartwright (Idaho State U.) and Dr. Anita Hardon (U. Amsterdam)
The Medical Anthropology Network of EASA and the Society for Medical Anthropology hosted their joint meetings with over 600 paid registrants from sixty-one countries attending the meetings, Wenner-Gren funding was used to establish a competitive, need-based award to facilitate attendance and participation in the conference. Candidates came from developing contexts and/or parts of the world where professional networks or societies of medical anthropologists have not yet fully developed. Wenner-Gren funding aided eighteen individuals from Argentina, Nepal, Thailand, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Lagos, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Portugal, Taiwan, the Philippines, India and Germany to attend the conference. Sessions, plenaries, workshops and cultural events were fully attended and the response from the participants was very enthusiastic.
Spiegel, Dr. Andrew, U. Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa - To aid joint IUAES intercongress and PAAA/ASnA conference on 'Transcending Postcolonial Conditions: Towards alternative modernities,' 2007, U. Cape Town, in collaboration with Dr. Fiona Ross
'Transcending Postcolonial Conditions: Towards Alternative Modernities'
December 3-7, 2007, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Organizers: Andrew Spiegel and Fiona Ross (University of Cape Town)
An intercongress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) joined together with the Pan African Association of Anthropologists (PAAA) and Anthropology Southern Africa (ASnA) for a conference on 'Transcending Postcolonial Conditions: Towards Alternative Modernities,' held in Cape Town. The goal of the joint meeting was for internationally based anthropologists to engage in ethnographically based discussion of the predicament of contemporarily marginalized people -- whether in formally postcolonial areas or in pockets of metropolitan countries -- and to consider alternative modernist structures that arise under those circumstances. It also hosted the first ever meeting of the IUAES executives and leaders of the World Congress of Anthropological Associations (WCAA).Two hundred twenty-two papers (including two keynotes) were accepted. Presented in 70 parallel sessions (plus three plenaries), they involved over 250 scholars from 49 countries in all five major continents. The conference was probably the largest and most diverse ever of social and cultural anthropologists held at an African continental venue. Particularly interesting was the final synthetic plenary. Presented by southern African graduate students, it revealed a sharp critique of various aspects of the discussions and also an intensity and lively interest among local younger anthropologists, and it offered reassurance of our discipline’s capacity to retain its critical edge. Similar reassurances emanated from a roundtable discussion on perspectives on doing anthropology in a contemporary context, with students and colleagues from peripheral areas whose attendance was made possible by support from Wenner-Gren.
Int'l Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences
October 4, 2002
Intl. Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences, Florence, Italy (through Executive Secretary, IUAES) - To aid 15th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 2003, Florence