Preliminary abstract: Cultural anthropology's canonical methodology, ethnography, has had lives beyond our discipline. In particular it has been taken up in recent transdisciplinary 'design' initiatives as object of inquiry. In this workshop, we propose to examine how our discipline's primary methodology has been transformed by its use in different contexts and to bring those insights back to anthropological practice. 'Productive Encounters' will be the culmination of a two-year project on the part of ethnographers within the University of California system.
CHELSIE J. YOUNT-ANDRE, then a graduate student at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, received funding in April 2013 to aid research on 'Giving, Taking, and Sharing: Reproducing Economic Moralities and Social Hierarchies in Transnational Senegal,' supervised by Dr. Caroline Bledsoe. Escalating global inequalities force middle-class families to alter their expectations of how one ought to earn, spend, and redistribute resources.
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.
Preliminary abstract: This project is an international research and training collaboration between Kristin Elizabeth Yarris of the University of Oregon (USA) and Juan Manuel Mendoza Guerrero of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (Mexico). The project explores the impact of transit migration on the State, civil society, and communities along the 'Ruta Pacifica' (Pacific Route) of Central American migration North through Mexico.
'Human Warfare: An Integrative Anthropological Perspective'
October 16-18, 2008, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Organizers: Frances J. White and Douglas Kennett, University of Oregon
JERRY WEVER, then a student at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, received a grant in July 2001 to aid research on 'Shaping Creolization and Folklorization Processes: Expressive Culture and Creole Identity in St. Lucia and Seychelles,' supervised by Dr. Laura R. Graham. The dissertation fieldwork project was successfully completed in April 2003, accomplishing the devised research plan.