Leinaweaver, Jessaca B., U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - To aid conference on 'Reproductive Disruptions: Childlessness, Adoption, and Other Reproductive Complexities,' 2005, U. of Michigan, in collaboration with Dr. Marcia C. Inhorn
'Reproductive Disruptions: Childlessness, Adoption, and Other Reproductive Complexities,' May 19-22, 2005, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan -- Organizer: Jessaca B. Leinaweaver and Marcia C. Inhorn. More than 225 scholars from 31 countries attended the conference, with travel funding provided to scholars from resource-poor societies, with Wenner-Gren funds going to support the travel of four anthropological scholars from Bangladesh, Brazil, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Their work ranged from demographic analysis of increased divorce rates among childless women in South Asia to the moral and ethical ambiguities of DNA paternity testing in South America. Their presence, along with numerous European and North American scholars, made this conference truly global in scope, and the most successful attempt yet to bring together social scientists and humanities scholars from around the world who study childlessness, adoption, and other forms of reproductive disruption/complexity. Presentations at the conference covered a broad range of reproductive topics including (but not limited to): local practices detrimental to safe pregnancy and birth; conflicting reproductive goals between women and men; the contested meanings of abortion; intentional reproductive loss through sex-selective feticide and female infanticide; cultural anxieties over infertility, adoption, donor parenthood, and childhood disability; and the globalization of new reproductive and genetic technologies. A plenary volume will be published by University of Michigan Press, and several special journal issues are also being planned.
To support the development of a doctoral program in anthropology at Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Institutional Development Grant
The Department of Social Anthropology at Addis Ababa University launched a Ph.D program in 2010 on its own. In collaboration with anthropology departments in Europe, US, and Japan, the Department now intends to improve the theoretical and methodological training of Ph.D. students. The IDG grant will be used to intensify international exposure and exchange; improve the quality of anthropological training by bringing in experienced guest lectuerers and disseration co-advisors and examiners; upgrade the current curriculum in consultation with partner institutions; provide modest support for student field research; and build up the library and electronic resources. Ethiopia has a great need for highly trained anthropologists in academic and non-academic positions and the IDG will help the Department to train future generations to fill these positions. It will also help promote anthropology as an academic discipline in Ethiopia, where it is little known. By training local anthropologists who will do their fieldwork in their own country, we also wish to achieve a greater transparency in the dissemination of results among the researched communities and thus achieve a greater engagement.
Long, Dr. Nicholas J., U. of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK - To aid workshop on 'The Social Life of Achievement,' 2010, U. of Cambridge, in collaboration with Dr. Henrietta Louise Moore
'The Social Life of Achievement'
September 29 - October 2, 2010, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Organizers: Nicholas J. Long and Henrietta Louise Moore (University of Cambridge)
Concepts of achievement and motivation enjoy widespread circulation in today?s world. They are taken up and vernacularized in distinctive ways by both individuals and policy makers, and are implicit in many anthropological notions of agency and efficacy. Achievement is widely seen as a pathway to fulfillment and prosperity. Yet increasing
bodies of research in both anthropology and developmental psychology has suggested that matters may not be so simple. While achievement can empower people, it can also leave them unhappy, unconfident, and risk avoidant. This workshop brought together specialists from anthropology, psychology, and related disciplines to develop a comparative approach to the multiple trajectories that achievement has in the social world -- the 'social life of achievement.' Papers traced the genealogy of 'achievement' in different settings as well as the significant political, material, and social circumstances in which achievement occurred, the way that experiences and explanations of achievement articulated with local understandings of the self, and achievement?s capacity to be narrated -- or go unrecognized -- within specific genres. In every case, these dynamics could be strategically manipulated so as to empower or oppress. Participants also discussed the methodology and ethics of writing anthropologically about ?achievement?, and the potential contribution that anthropological interventions could make to policy.
Goldin, Dr. Liliana, Florida International U., Miami, FL - To aid '70th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology,' 2010, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
'70th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology'
March 24-28, 2010, Merida, Mexico
Organizers: Liliana R. Goldin (Florida International University)
Support from Wenner-Gren was instrumental in funding two panels composed of eleven Latin American scholars from Guatemala and Argentina. The first panel, entitled 'Human Development, Poverty and Inequality in Guatemala,' was composed of members of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The second panel, entitled 'Transnational
Transformations, Local Responses: Argentine Anthropology Facing Globalization,' was composed of anthropologists from CONICET (Argentinean Scientific Research Council) as well as the University of Misiones and SUNY Binghamton. Both panels highlighted the excellence in research conducted by Latin American colleagues and showcased the sophisticated ways in which anthropologists engage problem-solving in what according to some measures constitute the margins of the world economy. The conference theme invited the exploration of the effects of globalization on the peoples with whom applied social scientists work resulting in higher levels of exclusion of vulnerability. As a result of the need for increased collaboration in interdisciplinary and transnational teams, the conference encouraged the discussion on the innovative theories and methods employed to make sense out of such complicated and interrelated problems.
Bazin, Dr. Laurent, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France - To aid 'Third WCAA Meeting for Diverse Anthropologies with Multiple Publics,' 2010, Maynooth, Ireland, in collaboration with Dr. Andrew David Spiegel
Preliminary abstract: The WCAA's biennial third meeting is attached to the 2010 EASA conference 'Crisis and Imagination'. It provides opportunity for WCAA delegates (i) to compare the extent to which engagements with our 'publics' are critical to the discipline's future and ability to address contemporary crises; and (ii) to consider new imaginative ways of dealing with national/regional constraints on our public engagements. WCAA's workshop at the conference is entitled 'Diverse anthropologies with multiple publics: Crisis or imaginative responses?' Anthropological practices, concerns and engagements with our publics are often significantly affected by the national and/or regional contexts wherein anthropologists are based as researchers or citizens, particularly by the distinct political processes and structures of nation-states. Such contextual differences may yield various, even incommensurate modes of anthropological practice and engagement with our respective publics and processes of globalisation. The workshop considers how historical and contemporary contexts have influenced the anthropological approaches prevalent in selected countries or regions. Its primary focus is on differences in how anthropologists engage with their respective publics and how that in turn influences their broader engagement with globalisation in the discipline and beyond. The workshop is structured around sets of paired papers written to create a dialogue between their authors.