DR. BRIGITTE PAKENDORF, CNRS, Lyon, France, was awarded funding in March 2015 to aid engaged activities on 'Giving Them Their Genetic History: Returning the Results of Molecular Anthropoloical Studies to Southern Africa,' 2015, Botswana and Namibia. Wenner-Gren funds allowed the grantee to travel through Botswana and Namibia in July and August 2015. The goal of this trip was to disseminate the results of a large-scale project on the genetic history of the peoples of southern Africa among the communities who had participated. The project tried to visit as many communities from different ethnolinguistic groups as possible to explain to each of them what was found out about their history. Overall, the effort was able to give personal explanations in 28 communities as well as leaving written reports in a further ten villages visited but where personal meetings were not possible. In addition, four lectures about research results were presented to audiences of various backgrounds at academic institutions and a scientific society in Johannesburg, Gaborone, and Windhoek, as well as a TV interview in Gaborone and a radio interview in Windhoek. In this way researchers directly shared results with approximately 1000 people and hopefully reached many more via the press interviews.
Engaged Anthropology Grant
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Pakendorf, Dr. Brigitte, CNRS, Lyon, France - To aid engaged activities on 'Giving Them Their Genetic History: Returning the Results of Molecular Anthropological Studies to Southern Africa,' 2015, Botswana and Namibia