To support the development of a doctoral program in anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina - Institutional Development Grant
The Museum of Anthropology of Córdoba, Argentina, supported by the IDG of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, will develop a doctoral program to prepare professionals for research and academic education in Anthropological Sciences, with specialized training in the three classic sub-areas of research: Social Anthropology, Archaeology and Bioanthropology. The Museum will also benefit from collaborations with the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology of the University of Kansas, the Department of Anthropology of the University of Wyoming and Postgraduate Program in Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil the Museum.
The Doctoral program will focus on intensive theoretical and practical training to produce professionals who will be able to undertake independent research projects, exercise leadership of scientific research teams, communicate their research results, and teach at the university. It is hoped that through this program the students will also acquire various experiences in diverse academic contexts and form external relationship which will open possibilities for exchange and dialogue with other anthropologists, while generating their own future networks. It is hoped that this would impact positively on their education and in their personal and institutional performance.
The existence of a Postgraduate Program in Anthropological Sciences at Córdoba opens up the possibility of continuity in the training of graduate students and their integration into the teaching and research activities. This in turn will provide more opportunities for graduates of other neighboring Argentina provinces, where there is no such possibility of postgraduate training. This also will extend the possibilities of bringing the practice of anthropology to non academic realms, responding to a continuous growing demand in the region.
Peacock, Dr. James L., U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC - To aid preparation of personal research materials for archival deposit with the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
Prussing, Dr. Erica Stephanie, U. of Iowa, Iowa City, IA - To aid research on 'Indigenous Activism and Epidemiological Knowledge: An International Comparison'
DR. ERICA PRUSSING, then a student at University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, received a grant in April 2012 to aid research on 'Indigenous Activism and Epidemiological Knowledge: An International Comparison.' This transnational study examines the cultural and historical shaping of epidemiological research by and for indigenous peoples. Data from sites in both New Zealand and the US highlight how global indigenous activism is shaping the production of scientific knowledge in public health. Funding supported complete ethnographic and archival research in New Zealand about how M?ori public health researchers combine high-quality, quantitative technical expertise with agendas for reducing systematic inequalities in health (e.g., participant-observation and interviews with researchers at five universities, two independent research groups, and administrators in regional and national health agencies; and past Maori health grant proposals housed in the New Zealand National Archives). Funding also supported initial ethnographic fieldwork with indigenous researchers at two sites in the US where Native American researchers are currently working to claim initial space for indigenous experiences and perspectives in public health research, while M?ori researchers are working to maintain key gains in response to new pressures from the nation-state. Researchers in each setting weave together the persuasive value of quantitative methods with insights from global indigenous activism, yet draw upon different resources and respond to distinctive barriers at community, national and international levels as they promote greater social justice in health.