DR. DOC BILLINGSLEY, Pomona College, Claremont, California, received funding in August 2015 to aid engaged activities on 'From Local Knowledge to National Truth: Maya Perspectives on Historical Memory in Guatemala.' This project extends the investigator's research program on historical memory in Guatemala into a collaborative phase that invites wider publics to share their alternative interpretations of national history and to explore the research techniques offered by contemporary anthropology. The engagement project consists of three inter-related parts: 1) the production and presentation of a multi-lingual research report that summarizes key findings and provides extensive excerpts of the historical memory interviews that the grantee collected in prior fieldwork; 2) a series of workshops in the intellectual communities that formed the ethnographic anchors of said research; and 3) the subsequent cross-fertilization of ideas and perspectives across these communities through shared digital recordings of the workshop proceedings. As a whole, the project seeks to contribute to the intellectual labors of Guatemalan anthropologists, indigenous intellectuals, and memory activists by articulating the common grounds that these diverse groups share.
Engaged Anthropology Grant
Billingsley, Dr. Doc, Pomona College, Claremont, CA - To aid engaged activities on 'From Local Knowledge to National Truth: Maya Perspectives on Historical Memory in Guatemala,' 2016, Guatemala